Title: Lady Midnight
Series: The Dark Artifices #1
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: Mar 8, 2016
Genres: YA Fantasy/PNR
Blurb: 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.
Y’all know I have been such a moody reader this month! I’ve been finding it so hard to get into a book. For the most part only contemporary romance has been cutting it, but I’m so pleased to say that Lady Midnight broke through the haze – even with it being a reread!
I have absolutely loved the Shadowhunter world that Clare has built from the very first Mortal Instruments book, but I have to tell y’all that it’s the connections she draws between her characters that just really get me every. single. time. She knows how to speak of matters of the heart in the absolute best way that just grips every part of you. She digs down deep and things are never just surface level. From the family connections to the friendships to the romance. It’s just ALL the FEELS!
But I can’t dismiss all the other wonderful elements to her stories from the beautiful prose with excellent metaphors and analogies to the epic battle scenes that are always sure to take place.
And of course, this book contains all of the above including some of the characters I fell so hard for in the past. Julian will pull on all of your heartstrings as he tries to protect his siblings and find a way to have the girl he’s been forbidden to love.
FYI ~ This could be read apart from the other series – Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices, but I absolutely do NOT recommend it. You’ll regret it when you fall in love with her writing and realize you have just destroyed your opportunity to fully appreciate the other stories. And you’ll definitely want to do that since Infernal Devices is the absolute best trilogy ever written! That being said, I can’t wait to see where the rest of this trilogy takes me!! 5 STARS!!!