Review: "Lady Midnight" (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.



To be honest this is the first time I actually review a Cassandra Clare title. All the books of TMI got high ratings by me, yet I couldn't bring myself to write a review. BUT that changed when I read "Lady Midnight".

We move 10 years forward after the events from "City of Heavenly Fire" on Los Angeles where Emma Carstairs and her parabatai Julian Blackthorn live in the Institute of the West Coast. When Fae begin disappearing and then re-appearing as nothing more than pieces, both Shadowhunters will have to deal with the Fae as also bring back old wounds and people they knew from their past.

I had the chance to both read the book and listen to it. I was enchanted by the writing, how easily it was to transfer to Los Angeles and its mystic Shadowhunter world. But most of all, I FREAKING ADORED everything that happened between Emma and Jules.

As parabatai, they are connected with the bond that helps them fight together as a unit (and I couldn't help but remember Will and Jem). BUT, they can't fall in love with each other and so Julian hyad to hide his feelings for Emma. It was the epitome of forbidden romance, this book. Not to mention the sweeties named Livvy, Tiberius, Dru, and Tavvy. Such a big family and Julian had to act as a mother and father to all of them.

It's clear that Cassandra Clare likes to torture her characters and us with her love exagons, triangles whatev. Mark and Kieran, Christina and Diego everyone have wounds and friendships form in this book. Though there was action in almost every chapter, there was also this squeezing feeling in my chest for Julian and Emma, especially in that scene of the art room.

We also have cameo appearances! Jace, Clary, Magnus, Jem and Tessa make their appearances in this book which was nostalgic and refreshing! Not to mention that Jem actually gives some really hard asvice to Emma, which actually led to that horrible cliffhanger-ish ending. How will I wait for the next book, I don't know but this book will defenitely be re-read, just like "A Court of Mist and Fury". ;)

About the author:

"Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts."

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