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 Shadowhunter, one in a long line of Shadowhunters tasked with protecting the world from demons. With her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of an secret Los Angeles where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries start turning up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were murdered years ago, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge — and Julian’s chance to get back his half-faerie brother, Mark, who was kidnapped five years ago. All Emma, Mark and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks . . . before the murderer targets them.
Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. As she uncovers the past, she begins to peel away the secrets of the present: 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?
Title: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: 8th March 2016
Series: Yes. It is the first instalment of the trilogy The Dark Artifices. The next book is scheduled for April/May 2017, and it is titled, “The Lord of Shadows.”
Note: There’s quite a bit of discussion within the fandom on what order the Shadowhunters Chronicles should be read. Personally, I read The Mortal Instruments first, and The Infernal Devices second. In my opinion, this is the best order to read them in, with Lady Midnight after all of these. This is the order the books were published in and therefore, the order Cassandra Clare has decided to reveal things to us. This means that spoilers for previous series will be in the later books, if that makes sense. Also, references and parallels won’t be understood which may hinder your enjoyment of the books. Plus, it means when a character makes a return, you won’t know it’s a “return” and you won’t know to squeal…
Finished this book days ago, and I thought I had logged into my blog, thinking I had calmed down enough to write a review that made sense. Nope. I lied to myself. Bookworms do that. Maybe I should do a post, listing all the lies we tell ourselves. There’s a lot. or maybe that’s just me.
I must confess, I was a bit sceptical as to whether I would like this book or not. Part of me wondered if this was going to be another love triangle with reused plots and characters…NOOOOPE.
I’m trying to start this post, and I’m remembering how hard it is to write a book review for good books. Like, if it’s a bad book, then I can easily list reasons and put my point across like a normal human being. But if it’s a good book, I’m just here, flailing my arms and saying, “JUST READ IT. SO DAMN GOOD. WORDS CAN’T EXPLAIN.”
So I’ll do my best here…If any of it doesn’t make sense, then that should tell you how good it is.
Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn are the 17 year old protagonists of this series and they are parabatai. First thing, Emma is another badass blondie. Although she’s another blondie with pretty eyes, I love her. She’s a great example of a female heroine. She’s strong, independent and determined. But she can be a tiny bit thick…Like, Julian obviously likes her and his actions scream, “I LOVE YOU EMMA CARSTAIRS BUT-” and Emma kept shrugging it off and I’m like, “WHAT THE HELL?! GET A MOVE ON.” But yeah, apart from that, I can’t find much to say about her. Strong, determined and disciplined. I mean, who can actually run 5 miles a day everyday???? I do 1 mile everyday and after finishing Lady Midnight, it’s inspired me to never skip a day again and now I’m aiming for 5 miles…Someday…
Julian Blackthorn. After the events of City of Heavenly Fire, Julian has been left alone with 4 younger siblings and he’s become the parent to them. Since 12. How amazing is that? Just think about it. 4 children to look after, the youngest being 2 at the time. Nappies, cooking, cleaning etc. It’s amazing how he has already matured into a young man at 17. He’s gentle and kind, but fiercely protective of his family and Emma.
Both Julian and Emma have a lot of depth to their character but I find that the supporting characters don’t seem dim besides them, for they too have their own history. You can even argue that the supporting characters actually contain more depth to them than the main characters.
The children are so well written. For some reason Dru hadn’t really stuck with me but the others are their own brilliant. There’s 4 of them and each of them have their own personalities and differences, and none of them have become like background noise. Ty and Livvy – the twins – are the oldest amongst the younger siblings, being 15. Ty is autistic. How often do you find autism portrayed in novels???? He was written so well and I felt that autism was very well depicted in this book – I know and am friends with people with autism so this made me soooo haaaappy! Ty was not written so that readers would find him annoying and neither was his habits portrayed as annoying and weird. His family accepts him and loves him fiercely just like they do with each other and I love the way Julian has tried to help Ty in so many ways. He does not try to bend Ty to fit into society and has created little toys for him to help him concentrate. If only everyone was more like Julian…TAKE NOTE GUYS.
The plot follows Emma and Julian mostly. Emma’s parents were killed in the Dark War and the Clave had simply grouped it alongside Sebastian’s other deaths. But Emma knows that it wasn’t him that killed her parents. She’s bent on revenge and suddenly, she finds a clue to possibly the murder. It’s her strongest link to her parents’ deaths yet and she’s determined to follow it. Somehow, Mark – the Blackthorns’ lost brother – is returned to them, albeit temporarily. Once Emma and Julian solve the murders, Mark gets to choose to remain or leave and go back to his kidnappers. Seems like Mark will obviously stay but the wildness of The Hunt has gotten to him and it looks like he’ll leave. While this is all happening, Emma and Julian are fighting their forbidden feelings for each other – without telling each other.
The plot doesn’t fully kick in until halfway – bare in mind there’s over 600 pages. Despite this, I was gripped and did not want to put it down. Like, the book didn’t drag. Each character is unique and have their own history and background that is a mystery but slowly, as the plot moves, it comes to light.
In this series, the female protagonist, Emma is actually for once, not stuck inside a love triangle. There is a complex one-to-one love story instead that is still not resolved. I am soooooo glad that this is the case because I really don’t think I would have enjoyed that book very much if there was another male character vying for her love. Instead, the sort-of love triangle happens between Mark, Christina and Diego in this book. Christina is Emma’s close friend from Mexico.
I love the plot as it had a dash of mystery in it and it really kept me going. There was an undertone of sorrow in this book that was very different from The Mortal Instruments and even The Infernal Devices did not have it. It matched up with the plot sooooo well.
Cassandra Clare’s writing seems to have improved in this book. There was an undertone of sorrow that fit perfectly with the plot and themes and I think it really helped to move the reader. It was so hard not to get affected in practically every chapter because she wrote so well! It was unreal. Her descriptions and dialogue really showed how they were feeling and as I read, I felt as if the characters were real and I was simply there as a bystander that had the power to glimpse inside their heads.
*Wipes brow and breathes a sigh of relief*
Well I hope that made it clear how much I loved the book. So far, best book of 2016. It’s unreal. I think I’m in love with Julian. The characters are all unique and do not lack depth. The plot does not properly kick with action until the final half of the book but that doesn’t mean it was boring! Cassandra Clare’s writing is again, very easy to read and acts like a portal to her world of Shadowhunters. There is a sad undertone is in book and it really rang with me. So basically, to conclude, it is definitely a must-read of 2016. I don’t think I can wait for the next book next year!!!! ><
- Main protagonist is not caught up in a love triangle (if you hate that stuff)
- Characters all have their own story
- Beautiful writing
- The cover and spine will look amazing on your shelf
- Long (but good) build up to the kickass action
- You’ll need a lot of tissues
- Another pretty blondie
Rating: 5 Stars – See my rating system. Was there ever a question of rating????
Owned: YESSS!!!!! I own the limited edition hardback copy! 😀 Jealous? *wiggles eyebrows*
Recommended for: Those that love to cry while they read, those who enjoyed that previous Shadowhunter books, those that don’t want love triangles, people that like romance on the side. Oh and if you like some ass-kicking.
Have you read it?? What did you think of it? I ship Emma and Julian so hard: their relationship is beautiful.
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