In A Kingdom By the Sea…
As a big note to first time readers of anything Shadowhunters, please read The Mortal Instruments first (all 6 of them). This books contains spoilers from the end of those books. I have not read those and feel a bit sad I now know what happens in the last 3 books.
Book Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Title & Author: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: March 8 2016
Series: The Dark Artifices
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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 Castairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter. She lives for battle. Alongside her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries – the most powerful of supernatural creatures – teeter on the edge of war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries are found murdere in the same way Emma’s parents wwere 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 by the faerie Courts. All they 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?
I started this book, know I should have read the last three books of the Mortal Instruments series before this one. But because I thought is was more important to review this book for you, I did not want to let you wait too long. I do regret it in a way, but now that I have finished it, I am fine with it.
A lot of what happens in Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare is new, not related to The Mortal Instruments series. Of course it happens in the same universe and Clairy, Jace, Magnus and Robert Lightwood appear in this book (and others are mentioned), but have only a global knowledge about these characters is fine.
From the beginning you already notice the story is going into the romantic way. I am sad there is some much of the story building on it. But I loved the villain and the main-characters. I like the Blackthorn children, but not Diana Wrayburn.. To me she did not actually add anything to the story, because the children did all the work.
Emma Carstairs is family from Jem Carstairs from The Infernal Devices and the two are in contact with each other. She is a caring girl and does everything to keep the family Blackthorn together, whatever it takes. She is noble and loyal.
Julian Blackthhorn to me sounds like a great boy, he does his best to hide a lot of secrets and to keep his family running even though he is only 17 years old. When he gets his brother back, Mark is not the one he was hoping for. Mark has been stuck being the 16 year old he used to be, all for good reasons.
Christina Rosales is really kick-ass girl, but I am wonder why she first is completely angry with Diego, but when they spend a night talking they are not fighting anymore. Does not take away of how much I like Christina.
I enjoyed reading it, although it took me a lot of energy to keep reading it. The end did feel like it was going fast. I do not yet understand how this book leads into a new trilogy, but maybe the next book, Lord of Shadows sheds more light on it.
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