Monday, July 9, 2018

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

Release Date: March 8, 2016
from Margaret K. McElderry Books
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"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."

My Thoughts:

I have been a huge fan of the Shadowhunter world for years now, so I really don’t know why I didn’t pick this one up immediately. I think I fell behind with the novellas and then didn’t want to read anything out of order. But whatever the reason, I am so glad I finally read this one. It was better than I could have ever hoped.

I absolutely loved the cast of characters. They all wormed their way into my heart very quickly. Emma is such a wonderful heroine. She is strong and feisty and sarcastic and a kickass Shadowhunter. Julian absolutely broke me. He gives so much and does so much for others and he deserves the world. He and Emma know one another inside and out and their chemistry is insane. Nobody does angst like Cassandra Clare. Cristina is also fantastic and such a good friend. And oh man how I loved the Blackthorns. Ty stole my heart. And Livvy and Dru are wonderful too. And then Tavvy is just adorable. And I’ve loved Mark for a while now and his story and history breaks me. I love this family and love how strong their bonds are.

Nobody keeps me engaged like Cassandra Clare. It was such a good story and it kept me guessing. There were so many twists along the way and I was caught off guard so many times. I loved the heavier fae aspect. Clare’s fae are so beautiful and so deadly. They may not be able to lie, but they can manipulate and play the game so well. And I am just so intrigued by them. There was one fae who I kinda loved but also hated a bit and GAHHH so many complicated emotions. And that twist at the end. BANANAS.

And I said I’ve been a fan of this world for a while and I absolutely loved going back. I love this world of Shadowhunters and Downworlders and I love learning more and more about it. I also loved checking in with some of my favorite characters again. I pretty much lost it when I got to see Jem and Tessa. And Jace and Clary and Magnus and a bunch of others. I love how Clare is really expanding on the Clave now and showing it has its flaws and can be exceptionally cruel. That is definitely going to be an interesting thread to explore.

Lady Midnight was a fantastic book and it had a killer ending. The book delivered the angst and nobody does angst like Clare. My heart has been ripped to shreds and I can’t wait to read more.


  1. I really need to read more of Cassandra Clare's work. I own so many of her books but have only read one so far. I am so glad you enjoyed this one!

    1. I am obsessed with all of her stuff! Hope you enjoy them too!


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