It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.
Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…
Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?
Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.
I received this book in exchange for a review but this did not affect my opinion at all. I’ve also tried very hard to not include any spoilers for the other Shadowhunters books but proceed with caution.
It is no secret to anyone that I am a huge fan of Cassandra Clare’s novels. Whilst the Mortal Instruments aren’t the best books ever, The Infernal Devices are kickass and the world that Cassandra has created is just fantastic. So when the opportunity arose for me to get an early copy of Lady Midnight, I jumped at the chance because I’ve been waiting for this book for almost 3 years. I have been unable to talk about the book until now(This review is going up on the release date but I wrote it early February) and it’s slowly killing me.
I was incredibly wary before going into this book due to two reasons. The first was because of the size. An enormous 700 page book, just after I’m recovering from a reading slump?! No thank you. But because it was Cassandra Clare, I knew that I had to read ASAP. The other reason was about the content. What if this book was terrible and all of this waiting had been for nothing? I was not disappointed.
Lady Midnight was fantastic, amazing, fabulous and basically every great adjective that you can think of. Cassandra Clare has definitely stepped it up a notch. The characters in Lady Midnight are what makes this story so great. Emma is a head-strong female lead who knows what she wants and she has also has that take-no-shit kinda attitude. Her sass levels were out of the window. She was beautifully contrasted and complimented by the sweet Julian who cared for everyone and put everyone else in front of him. The Blackthorns have an amazing family dynamic and you can’t help but dream of being a part of their little family after reading this novel.
The mystery kept me on my toes. I had no idea where it was going, what was happening or anything really. When it was finally revealed, I was shocked because I hadn’t even considered that possibility. The story had the beauty of The Infernal Devices whilst also being modern and rich.
Cassandra Clare did it again. She wrote a beautifully compelling story, with great characterisation and she expertly wove everything in. Also after reading this book, I’m extremely in love with Julian Blackthorn. I want me one of those.
After reading this, I want more. I don’t want to wait. I’m dying to dive straight back into the Shadowhunter world and I’m incredibly sad that I have read all of the currently out Shadowhunter novels. I do think that it is best to go into this novel having really all of Cassandra Clare’s previous Shadowhunter novels, including her Shadowhunter Academy novella series as it will make the book even better. This book also spoils The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices so don’t even think about reading this book before those. This book definitely trumps all of The Mortal Instruments books for me. It doesn’t quite reach the level of the Infernal Devices but once the whole series is out, it just might and that is a big, bold statement coming from me.
All of you need to go pick up a copy of Lady Midnight today. And if you haven’t read any of the Shadowhunter novels, get on that. They’re fab.(Well The Infernal Devices are, The Mortal Instruments are okay.)