Title: Lady Midnight
Series: The Dark Artifices #1
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release date: March 8, 2016
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: Personal Copy
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?
If you haven’t read The Infernal Devices or The Mortal Instruments or The Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy this book will contain a lot of spoilers!
This new series was whole different then the others! Clare has improved as a writer and she used all our prejudices and experience that we had to turn it against us. The book has so many plot twists that you were never able to guess what will come next. It has amazing fight scenes, tons of emotions and it was full with secrets and hidden clues.
This first book already answered some pretty important questions that we thought, based on our past experience, which we would need to wait more. (Ex.: Why can parabatais fall in love? Who killed Emma’s parents? Etc.)
The whole plot was like an emotional roller coaster spiced up with the parabatai relationship in the middle that ripped our heart out at least five times during these 600 pages. But it was worth it!
In the City of Heavenly Fire, we already got to see young Emma and Jules, but in this book they are more grown up. They are both amazing characters! Julian Blackthorn is like mixing together all the good things in Will, Jam and Jace to get the perfect boy. He is gentle, sweet and artistic, but at the same time, has his own dark side and secrets. With him we never know what he said is true or not. Emma is a little bit like Jace, but in a girl. She is living for revenge, and that is her one job. Their relationship is different, since they know each other for a long time and they both grow up in that world. In the past books there was always someone new therefore their relationship is much more deeper.
All the Blackthorns are so sweet, and Cassie found an amazing way to introduce them all, and make us remember them, so you don’t have to worry, you will be able to remember all seven of them. It was really good and sometimes sad to see Jules as the oldest and acting as a parent, but it is a main feature of his character so it suits him. And there is of course Mark, who returns from his captivity and he had a really significant part in this book.
We had a few new characters, Cristina who came from the Mexico City Institute, and she is pretty amazing. She follows the rules, while has something that she was running from and she really fits into the Los Angeles Institute. There was also Diana the tutor of the Blackthrons and of course a Shadowhunter book is not a Shadowhunter book without a warlock Malcolm, who little bit reminds us to Magnus, but he is not Magnus.
Of course some of the old characters appear here, and it’s nice to see what happened with Jace, Alec, Clary, Izzy, Simon and Magnus, but their appearance is not overshadowing the new story so it is just like a good nostalgia.
If you are a Shadowhunters fan I highly recommend this book, because it was the best one so far! The only downside is that now we need to wait one more year till the next one!