Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
- The Dark Artifices 01 (part of The Shadowhunter Chronicles)
- Paranormal Fantasy; Young Adult; Romance
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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?
Read: September – October 2016
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
It has been unusually hard for me to review this book. I guess when I first finished it, I just didn’t know where to start.
I only read this book months after buying it because I was afraid I wouldn’t like it as much as The Mortal Instruments series. It wasn’t as hard for me to start The Infernal Devices though, possibly because a friend of mine had already started it and loved it very much. But as soon as I started it, I realized that wouldn’t be the case.
Lady Midnight is yet another amazing book by Cassandra Clare! This one focuses on the Blackthorn family and Emma Carstairs who we first meet in City of Heavenly Fire. It absolutely surpassed my expectations of it. As always, Cassandra Clare’s writing blows my mind away!
I love all of the Blackthorns, of course – and Emma too! I don’t have much to say about these guys because I just love ’em to death but I am curious about Diana (Diane?). I’m sure her true nature/intentions/whatnot will be revealed a bit in Lord of Shadows and it will turn out that she’s actually not that bad of a person (or maybe not) but I just don’t like her most likely because of her lack of trust in the Blackthorns. I mean she can say she trusts them all she wants but who dos she think she’s fooling? (There’s no one better to keep her secret than Emma and Jules. I will ship these two forever.)
Speaking of which I’m very eager to learning more about the parabatai bond, more details behind the reason why it was forbidden and most of all I’d really like to hear solid details about the first parabatai that ever fell in love and how that turned out.
The plot was very surprising, mysterious and hooking. There were a few connections I couldn’t make until the end – which was positively unpredictable! I was both satisfied and craving for more in various ways when I finished reading this book.
I highly recommend it to everyone! Even if you haven’t read The Mortal Instruments series yet, lots of concepts are explained and easily understood and I’m sure you’ll all love this book.
P.S. – The sequel – Lord of Shadows – will be released May 23rd 2017 (Goodreads)