Title: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices
Date Started: August 14
Date Finished: September 2
Format: Hardcover from my own shelf
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?
So, like many people in the supernatural/YA world this book was pretty much one of the biggest releases for me in 2016. I’ve been reading about this new series from Cassandra Clare since City of Heavenly Fire was released. I was excited. I liked the fact that we were jumping from New York to LA and that we were going to focus on Emma and Julian. When we met them in CoHF I was kind of intrigued by them and I couldn’t wait to read more of their story. Five years after the events of CoHF, Emma is still looking into the deaths of her parents who she is convinced were not killed by Sebastian Morganstern and Julian is busy raising his fellow siblings while also petitioning the Clave to send Mark and Helen back home. But something weird is going on between Julian and Emma, and with the appearance of a contingent from Faerie things get even weirder.
This novel pretty much has it all. Murder and intrigue. Forbidden love. Drama. Angst. And yes, even the occasional argument over who is the hottest Avenger (Thor, obviously). I laughed, I cried, I bit my nails down to the quick and now I’m really intrigued about what’s going to happen in book 2 of this series. I am also trying to figure out Shadowhunter bloodlines from the characters we know. And I’m also wracked with emotional turmoil because of what happened between not only Emma and Julian at the end of this book, but also the whole Clary and Jace thing in the short story A Long Conversation that was in my edition. It’s a good thing it’s a three day weekend and that book 2 won’t be out for a while. I need some serious time to repair my feels (even though A Court of Mist and Fury is next on my reading list…haha
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. The change of scenery from New York to Los Angeles was fantastic. The new set of characters are also great. I loved the intrigue of who was committing these murders with a little twist of emotional angst and humor thrown in.
Bookshelf worthy? Wouldn’t it be nice if I could store all the books I wanted in a magicked cave?