Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) ★★★★★

5 stars

Omg wow, this book. After I finished this book I was overwhelmed with emotions because Cassandra Clare broke my heart, fixed it and then broke it again. I’m already waiting for the release of Lord of Shadows because I just want to keep reading about shadowhunters. I didn’t actually start reading Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy till after I finished Lady Midnight so at least I still have something shadowhunter related to read.

Goodreads Summary:

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.


I swear I didn’t mean for this review to be so long. (note added after finishing review)  

This book caused me great pain but I loved it so much I can’t even be mad. Cassandra Clare made me fall in love with the entire shadowhunter world as soon as I started City of Bones. I basically devoured the entire Mortal Instruments series and because of that, I started reading The Infernal Devices as soon as I could and wow those three books were amazing too.

I already knew that I loved Emma and Julian when I finished City of Heavenly Fire and this book just further proved that point. All the characters in Lady Midnight are given such attention that you end up feeling like you know everything about them and I love the character development. Emma, for me, is the main character because she is the reason they start looking into the murders (well and Mark too). I also really love Emma because she’s just a really bad ass character who’s grown up as a shadowhunter and isn’t afraid to do what she has to do. She cares so deeply for Julien that you can feel it throughout the book and I love how you get a new look at the parabatai bond. Like in The Mortal Instruments you only experience the bond through Alec and Jace. While some things are explained and talked about there is never an in-depth story told with the bond playing as a major factor.

The first 100 or so pages were a bit slow, as with most first books in a series. That was probably because you can’t really get into the action and story telling if the characters haven’t been properly developed. I’ve read some books where that has happened and thank god it didn’t here because it would have been a confusing mess.

I do recommend reading the TID (Infernal Devices) and TMI (Mortal Instruments) series before this one because then you’ll get all the extra backstories that are wound into this book. You don’t exactly need to but I personally think it makes the experience of reading Lady Midnight better because then I get to read about characters I haven’t encountered since I finished their series. It may not be the most important thing to some people but I liked seeing Tessa (and others who shall remain nameless) appear in this book because I loved reading about her in TID. You can never go wrong with Tessa. BUT if you do plan on EVER reading TID or TMI then DO NOT READ THIS BOOK before you read those because the spoilers are EVERYWHERE.

I tried so hard to make this book last as long as I could because I don’t want to have to wait till next year for Lord of Shadows. Cassandra Clare has always been good at writing captivating books and this was no exception. She went into so much more depth with the shadowhunter world than in her past 2 series that I was just giddy with happiness. In this book, things are more serious and the characters are more grounded which is different compared to what she has written in the past, but it was honestly so great. I love how she’s gone from having jokes in every chapter to spreading them out (but they’re still A+ jokes).

I don’t know how to explain it but I feel like this trilogy is going to give TID a run for its money in terms of my favorite shadowhunter trilogy. Cause if the next 2 books are anything like this one then I may have a new favorite trilogy.

I’ve already recommended this book to people because it’s so amazing I just want everyone to read it. If you’ve read TMI and/or TID and you enjoyed them then I defiantly think you should read this book. If you don’t think you’ll ever get around to TMI or TID then, by all means, read this book, though I do recommend reading The Infernal Devices because it’s amazing and its a trilogy unlike The Mortal Instruments series, which consists of 6 books.


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