Monday, December 3, 2018

Review: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare

 *This review contains slight spoilers.
Lady Midnight by Cassandra ClareLady Midnight
(The Dark Artifices #1)
by Cassandra Clare
March 8, 2016
720 pages

Goodreads     Indigo

Goodreads Summary:
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.


I gave up sleep reading Lady Midnight and it was well worth it! Cassandra Clare really is a magician. The story sucked me in from the beginning. All of the Shadowhunter books have been unputdownable for me.

Having been introduced to the main cast of characters in City of Heavenly Fire, we all knew this story would revolve around Emma trying to solve her parents' murder and Julian struggling to take care of his younger siblings. And also everything between the two of them. I honestly had no clue how the story would go but play out magnificently it did.

Cassandra Clare never ceases to amaze me. Her meticulous writing, complex world-building and intricate plotting always blow me away. I love that even though The Dark Artifices is a trilogy Lady Midnight had its own complete story arc. It's also connected to the other spinoff series and is filled with hints of side stories to come. Just wow.

Emma and Julian have been best friends since childhood and parabatai beginning their teen years. As they grew older the lines between their relationship began to blur. The angst level in their romance produced so many different feels. ALL.THE.FEELS.

Another relationship that I was surprised to love is Kieran, Mark and Cristina. It is most definitely a love triangle but the three of them are all so lovable it's impossible to pick one pairing. I have no idea how Cassandra Clare's going to spin this but I have no doubt she'll do it perfectly.

Nobody writes a story that makes me feel as much as Cassandra Clare does. Her Shadowhunter world is honestly life-alternating. I'm so happy to be able to experience it in my lifetime. I will leave you with some favourite and memorable quotes of mine from Lady Midnight.

"When no one you know tells the truth, you learn to see under the surface." (p. 286).

"As long as there is love and memories, there is no true death." (p. 531).

"Everybody is more than one thing. We are more than single actions we undertake, whether they be good or evil." (p. 565).

"No one is ever the villain of their own story." (p. 605).

“The choices we make, make us.” (p. 608).

 5 Cats

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