Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Also by this author: Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
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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 it?
Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.
Honestly, if you have never read a review of mine for any of the previous Clare books in the shadow hunter world then you may not know that I have a love/hate relationship with Clare’s books. So here we go…
I honestly loved the last two books to The Mortal Instruments series; they were so great and everything I ever wanted from Clare. I loved them so much I decided to keep going by reading The Dark Artifices series even though it focuses on different characters again.
I felt really lost when I started Lady Midnight. I knew who Emma and Julian were from the ending of TMI series but I felt like they were new people in this book. That might have been because I didn’t read the short story collection between the end of one series to the start of this one. I felt like things had drastically changed between Julian and Emma and I had missed out on those changes. I honestly didn’t really care for either Emma or Julian in the beginning of the book and this hurt my enjoyment of it. I did like the secondary characters and I liked the mystery of what was going on in the storyline. I really love all of Julian’s siblings.
One of the things I really could not put up with again from Clare in this book was the fact that the love interest thing has been done this exact way before and I wanted to bang my head against a wall. Why does Clare feel the need to make the characters play this I love you but will not show you thing. We did it with Jace and Clary, we did it with Will and Tessa!! I’m so tired of this teen angst when it comes to the darn romance in these books. Can’t we stop using this as a plot device because it didn’t work for me with Jace and Clary and it didn’t work for me with Will and Tessa. Now we have Emma acting like Jace and Will and Julian acting like Clary and Tessa.
I will say that as the book went towards the second half of the book I did enjoy it more for all of the other aspects of the story. I even felt that Julian and Emma started to become real characters, instead of just a troubled love interest. I know that Clare can make a book that makes me want to fall apart with love for it. I know she can but this was just not it. I am going to keep reading the series though because I’m invested people, I am invested after 10 Clare books. However, if this series doesn’t do it for me this might be the last time I read a shadow hunter series. I’m just thinking that Clare is milking this world for all it is worth and there is something wrong with me that I just can’t let it go, despite how I feel.