Title: Lady Midnight | Author: Cassandra Clare | Category: YA,Fantasy | Series: Dark Artifices I (Sequel to Mortal Instruments series)
Publication: March 8th 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25494343-lady-midnight
Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/Lady-Midnight-Artifices-Cassandra-Clare/
My Rating 4/5
The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.
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
Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.
First things First. That is one BEAUTIFUL COVER. I started reading this book because of the cover. This is my first Cassandra Clare book and I’m loving it.
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare is the first book of the Dark Artifices Series. It is a sequel to the famed Mortal Instruments Series. Check Here. Though this is a standalone book, there were some characters (heroes of the last series – Bane, Clary etc.) for whom I couldn’t appreciate the hype that I could sense from the lines.
They are no way related to story anyway. The glimpse of them is for the fans I suppose.
Revenge isn’t family, Emma. It isn’t a friend, and it’s a cold bedfellow.
Emma Carstairs, a young woman, a ShadowHunter and a Parabatai to Julian Blackthorn, is simmering with revenge for the death of her parents five years ago. Emma’s days fly past with intense ShadowHunter training and with the rest of her little free time she collects clues about her parents murder.
Julian Blackthorn’s family is ripped apart at the Dark War. His parents dead, half faerie brother taken away and his half faerie sister expelled to a cold country for her faerie origins.
He is the one who is keeping the rest of the Blackthorn family by sheer grit and determination.
The Clave had a motto:The Law is hard, but it is the Law.Every Shadowhunter knew what it meant. The rules of the Law of the Clave had to be obeyed, no matter how hard or painful.
A series of murder similar to the Carstairs’ (Emma’s parents) brings the Los Angeles Institute of Shadowhunters on the trail of Shadow Market and Faeries who may have information about it. The chase to stop the murders without the clave knowing about it and to find the culprit brings many new revelations.
The story was fast paced and thrilling. I must mention the world building – There is a shadow market, the Clave, Nephilim, Glamour, Centurians and more. This story revolves mostly around the LA ShadowHunters’ Institute and a cave nearby. Though nothing much is provided about other places, there are more books to come out. This one sets a very good premise for an adventure series. Maybe, I could read the previous books to see about the other places.
This novel mainly focuses on the character building of the family of Blackthorns and Carstairs. Each of them have been given a full-fledged inside and outside demeanor that they may deserve an adventure of their own.
Emma Carstairs bold and beautiful can also be a brat. Julian who holds the family together could learn to get help from others. Diana could be more forthcoming. But these quirks are all what makes them and maketh this story.
If you are a young adult fanatic, this is a must read for you. For others, I can persuade you to read this for the world and character building alone.