Lady Midnight : Review & Discussion
Title: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Hardcover: 720 Pages
“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.”
The cover is so beautiful and it’s my favorite cover of all Cassie’s books. I love how the girl in the cover is Emma and holding her sword, Cortana. It represents a scene in the book and that scene was also my favorite on the book.
So the story is 5 years after the event of City of Heavenly Fire and the characters in Lady Midnight was minor characters in CoHF and they’ve grown up, not a children anymore (technically), Emma and Julian is now 17 years old. If you haven’t read any of Cassandra Clare’s book and want to start/try to read it but intimidated by 6 books of The Mortal Instruments or The Infernal Devices trilogy, you can start from Lady Midnight, if you want. The first few chapters of this book will tell you the world of Shadowhunters, what happened in Dark War (the worst history that happened in Shadowhunter), what is a Downworlder, who is the hero/warrior, who is the governments and etc. so you won’t miss out anything, but I still recommend you to read all of the Shadowhunter’s novels so you can understand every character, stories from the past and the future, and some references on this book.
The stories itself was actually pretty slow up until 100pgs then it hooked me up, i just can’t stop reading after that because I was dying to know what’ll happen to each character or where this stories is going. I’ve got a NCIS/CSI vibes while reading this book, except it’s human and Shadow World and Shadowhunters are the NCIS. Emma Carstairs still trying to solve or to find who murdered her parents five years ago, she believed that her parents were not killed because of Sebastian (while The Clave insist that they were the victims of Sebastian, sigh) that her parents’ death was something entirely different. So after 5 years trying to find clues, she finally got the real track to this case and turns out, it was another betrayal again. I think I should expect every book from Cassie has betrayal or stuffs like that. It’s not just about solving this murder case but also this book told me a lot of about Parabatai bond and some weird bond that going on with Julian/Emma I can’t understand. Is having a parabatai supposed to make you feel what they feel physically? I mean, if one of them hurt, the other will know THROUGH the bond but can’t feel what they actually feel. Let’s say, Jace were hurt because of the heavenly fire and Alec felt it too but he didn’t physically felt the fire. Meanwhile in here, Emma was drowning in an ocean and Julian felt it too BUT he actually felt what was happening to her at that time, e.g drowning. So he was drowning too, he can even feel the salt sea water inside his chest, burning him and he was gasping for air and was coughing a salt water. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?
Anyway, you will found out more about parabatai bond and also the reason why parabatai can’t fall in love or can’t have any romantic relationship. At first, I thought it was just a fundamental law, like just a “law”. But then when I knew what it was,.. it makes sense actually. But what I did not agree on this parabatai is that: is there a way to break the bond? (without fussing the clave or stripping the marks and exile both of them to mundane world, because that was cruel.)
We all know that Emma is going to be a great shadowhunter when she grows up and indeed she is the next Jace Herondale. She is a great and skilled shadowhunter at age 17 and her parents died five years ago because of an unusual murder but the clave thought that her parents were the victims of Sebastian’s army. Emma didn’t believe it and she was so sure that her parents were murdered because of something and for five years after CoHF or Dark War ’s event, she has been trying to solve her parents’ murder case. She’s kind of stubborn and reckless but actually cares about people she loved. She’s always passionate when it comes to training session.
He’s not boyfriend material anymore, he’s husband material I swear. I love how Jules become a father figure for his little brothers and sisters at such a young age! He have to take care of them since he was just 12 years old!!! Imagine that. He’s very mature at age 17 and I just love how he really loves his family even Emma. Oh Jules :”)
Overall I will give this book 5 out 5 stars and it’s one of the best reads in 2016 🙂