Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Posted August 8, 2016 in review / 0 Comments

Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra ClareLady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on March 8th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 698
Source: Purchased
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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?

Lady Midnight was everything I expected and more. Who knew I would miss being in Cassandra Clare’s world, but I definitely did. I miss the Shadowhunter world, learning more about the true meaning of parabatai, and of course, the annoying rule which states that parabatai are forbidden from falling in love with each other.

THIS BOOK SERIOUSLY FEELS LIKE COMING HOME, I mean I already miss Clary and Jace and the rest, and reading about the Blackthorns threw me back into those feelings I had about Shadowhunters. I mean, if you can’t figure it out, I MIGHT HAVE A SLIGHT OBSESSION WITH SHADOWHUNTERS. So yeah, I was definitely excited to read Lady Midnight, and guys? I. AM. AWED.

It’s like I want to reread Lady Midnight again, but I don’t think my heart can take it? Emma Carstairs was definitely my one favorite in this book. I thought she would be similar to Clary (because yknow, CLARY) but nope. She was unique in her own way, and I love love love that she was stubborn and the reason behind her risk-taking attitude was not typically due to being brave and stuffs like that.


Julian Blackthorn was dream-worthy. I mean, that guy seriously grew up into one hot somebody. He wasn’t broody, but he wasn’t always happy either. He was a mystery, and to be honest, I thought that he was similar to Alec, when in love. It’s like, still serious as a heart attack, but random surprise burst of romance?

“That’s not the spirit of the law, Emma. Remember? The Law is hard, but it is the Law.”
“I thought it was ‘the Law is annoying, but it is also flexible.”

I love how this whole story came together as a whole, mixing in family, friendship and even unexpected love here and there, instead of just a typical good vs evil battle. I am definitely looking forward to the next book!

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