Review: Cassandra Clare – Lady Midnight

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Synopsis:

In a kingdom by the sea…

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 warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. 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?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.

Review:

UntitledI first started reading The Mortal Instruments series back in 2011. And got instantly drawn in by the characters, their complicated relationships, and the constant battle between good and evil and something in between. When the Infernal Devices series came out, I fell in love with that prequel trilogy even more than I did with the original. And it feels like it’s been awhile since I was in this universe.

 

I was a little wary when I heard about the new trilogy in the Shadowhunters world – The Dark Artifices. In my mind, I didn’t think that Cassandra Clare could write anything better than The Infernal Devices. I absolutely loved Tessa, Jem and Will and couldn’t see how any other characters could compete. Not that these doubts stopped me from pre-ordering Lady Midnight, the first in the trilogy.

And I was wrong. Cassandra Clare still has that Shadowhunter magic and mystery to create a spellbinding and extraordinary narration. It’s possible to even read this book as a stand-alone – though why you wouldn’t want to read all the preceding books to fully delve into and understand the relationships between the characters is beyond me. I found our new protagonist – Emma Carstairs – to be quite the feisty heroine, able to hold her own against Clary and Tessa. And I inner-squealed with joy with every mention of some of my favourite characters from the other books. The book has it all – a bit of romance, a bit of adventure, a whole lot of complications to keep you on your toes and ready for the next installment of the trilogy.

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Rating:

5 out of 5 stars

Recommendation:

For any Cassandra Clare fans – definitely read all her other books first, which I’m sure you’ve done already.

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