[668]: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

25494343 Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices, #1
Margaret K. McElderry Books | March 8th, 2016
Young Adult | Fantasy | Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


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?


We first met Julian and Emma as kids in the last book of The Mortal Instruments. Barely escaping death, the kids were shell-shocked by what they witnessed as they fled the Los Angeles Institute. What’s more, a couple of their siblings were taken: one by the hunt, and the other – exiled. These kids grew up pretty fast.  Since the Blackthorns were killed during the Dark Days, Julian has had to play the role of the father figure to the rest of his siblings. On top of that, they had to hide the fact that their uncle barely has the capacity to look after himself, let alone run an institute. So Julian and Emma  hid this fact to the Clave to ensure that the rest of the Blackthorns will never be separated. But now something bigger is at stake

When the bodies of murdered humans and faeries alike turned up in a way Emma’s dead parents were found, Emma and Julian found themselves consorting with the fairies to solve the murders. Part of the agreement was to hide the uneasy alliance from the Clave; because to align themselves with the fairy folk is a direct violation of the Accord. The kids may not have a choice, though. In fact, this may be their only chance to get their brother back. As they piece together the mystery of the murders, they unearth a tragic love story that could very well end in more tragedy.

My Thoughts

Cassandra Clare’s novels always leave me floundering for words. For someone who is infinitely against fantasy, she sure has a way of making me forget this fact. But then again, one could argue that this is not fantasy per se.

The story of Lady Midnight is a tragic one. Even more tragic? The developing love story between Emma and Julian. If there is one thing that I know with all certainty that will drive me up the wall about this new series is how CClare is going to tackle this slowly surging train wreck. I’m equally excited and terrified of it, to be honest. I remember when I first read City of Ashes many years ago and throwing it on the floor soon after finishing. I thought she was cruel when she took Jace and Clary’s relationship right in that shocking direction. But we all know how that turned out, so that gives me a little comfort. One thing’s for sure, the road to HEA will be paved with hapless agony.

Now, the haters out there are convinced that this is yet another attempt of Clare to beat a money-making cash cow. Those people are what I would call, WRONG. This was not an attempt to regurgitate a tired story line. We’re introduced to new adventures, new legends, and characters that will incite feelings of fealty and hatred on some. Hate it or love it, I know many of us will be on tenterhooks for the books to come. This exciting new series is the perfect panacea to those who are missing the TMI characters something fierce. We get glimpses of the characters we’ve adored over the years. And as a bonus Magnus and Alec’s adopted a blue baby. Like, literally blue. Love. Love.

  • Eee, lovely review Joy. <3 I am SO HAPPY that you loved this book too 😀 IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL. But goddamn it. That romance is going to KILL ME. I need my happy ending in the beginning of book two.. haha 🙂 But yeah. I love the story very much. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. <3 Hugs. Cassie is the most awesome 🙂

  • I so want to try this, Joy! I’m a bit nervous as I’ve only read book one of the Mortal series and I wondering if I can just dive into this new series? It sounds like sweet torture, lol. I needs it 🙂

  • I have the audio for this one because Nick loved it but it’s so long! I only got to book 4 or 5 of TMI books and book 2 of the Infernal Devices, would I be lost since I didn’t finish ether series? Also, love triangle??? I need to make time for this one!

    Nereyda│ Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist

  • I have this one, but haven’t read it! I had to pop in and see what you rated it… 5 stars! That’s awesome Joy, now I know I need to read it!

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I loved the original TMI trilogy (didn’t continue because I didn’t feel as if it needed more) and I was loving TID until Clockwork Princess which nearly ruined the whole series for me. I haven’t picked up a novel by Clare ever since but I’m definitely curious about this one and am so glad to hear that it’s not only good, but it’s original and a new storyline, too. Can’t wait to get to this one soon–thanks for such a convincing review, Joy!!

  • I liked this book, I just couldn’t love it like I wanted to. But, oh man, that parabatai connection does pose a problem for the romance. I’m still gonna follow this series, but next year I’ll wait a few months before reading the sequel. I think my expectations were too high with this book, but it is a good start to the series.

  • I had to skim over your review, because I still have yet to finish TMI and TID, and all the other Cassie Clare books, but so glad you liked this one! I seriously need to pick up this series again, because there just seem to be a bajillion books and spinoffs haha. Great review!

    Rabiah @ Confessions of a Readaholic

  • oh glad to see you liked this one!!! I have been curious about this author though, but not sure how much I would like her endings—I like my happy endings. But maybe if I read all the books in order, it might not be so bad. I do love a author that can do great world building though. 🙂

  • I think I tried reading the first Mortal Instruments and set it down halfway through because it wasn’t working for me. I’ve heard a lot of people say you need to push through until book 3 though, so maybe I’ll try it again.
    Glad you enjoyed!

  • I have yet to read TMI. I have the first two books on my tbr, but just haven’t gotten to it yet. I need to remedy that. This also sounds like it needs to go on my wishlist. It really speaks a lot to me that you don’t like fantasy but love this world. Yea, need to read it.

  • Jazmen

    I’ve been wanting to read this one, and now at five stars I must have!

  • I haven’t read any of her books, but there seems to be some people who have a problem with what she writes. Why don’t they just move on instead of bashing? Oh well. Maybe I’ll jump into one of her books soon.

  • Glad to hear you enjoyed! I haven’t been inclined to pick this one up and not sure why.

  • shootingstarsmag

    I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this one! I haven’t read anything by Clare; not entirely interested, but it’s great she can stay in the same world but create a completely new story.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  • Rummanah

    I was so disappointed with the last TMI book that I needed a break from Clare’s world. I do plan on reading this one because I am curious to see what direction this one will go.

    Rummanah@ Books in the Spotlight

  • kindlemom1

    Beautiful review! I have this to read but I still haven’t read the last three books in the original series, do you think I would be lost if I didn’t read them and started this one?

  • You have a lovely way with words and while I haven’t read anything by Clare, I really want to after reading your review. I love how emphatic you are about the haters. 🙂

  • I’m really glad you enjoyed this book and are still enjoying this series. I read the first three books in this series and I never really loved it. I went through a hiatus with YA (I got very burnt out on YA PNR type books) and stopped reading it and never picked it back up. Maybe I will one day.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • Tragic is the perfect way to describe this book. It made me feel so much for the characters. And yeah, that romance is going to be full of obstacles, but also really rewarding. I can’t wait!
    So glad you loved this too, Joy. 🙂

  • I haven’t read this yet. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. But your review has me all the more excited. And I really REALLY like the sound of more Magnus and Alec. And a blue baby, whatever that may mean. I need to read and find out! Oh, and this one sounds different too… hm. I’m not sure how I am going to feel about new characters but I am gonna give it a shot. You never know right?

  • I’m not sure why but I’ve never read a Clare book or felt like the need to (though I’ve seen the Shadowhunters TV series). I know they’re all set in the same world and have seen some criticism against her not branching out, but expanding her world seems to work for her and I’m happy you enjoyed this.

  • Well, I always say UF and fantasy is two different things, and if it has romance it’s PNR, and well yeah even different 🙂 So if you like one then you do not have to like the other…maybe read more UF *hint hint*
    😀