Lady Midnight – By Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date Published: March 8th 2016
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?
Who else has been waiting for the release of Lady Midnight since the completion of The Mortal Instruments Series years ago? Cassandra Clare kept us waiting on baited breath… and she did not disappoint. This is a mammoth book, and can be quite intimidating. But, if you have read anything else by Cassandra Clare you should know that it is going to be a wild ride and so worth it.
I’m now going to get into the meat of this book. Cassandra is so good at leading us through the book, getting us to enjoy and love her characters and then pulling the rug out from under our feet either by killing them off or revealing their true nature. This is no different in Lady Midnight and I found myself almost yelling at the characters in the book while I was in public, making a complete fool of myself.
The character of Kit Rook was introduced in the prologue and then ignored for two thirds of the book. I was stating to wonder why this character was introduced. Then, towards the end of the book in a big way. He should have a lot to do in the rest of the books in this series.
Of course there is romantic interests in this book. I wouldn’t say a love triangle. At times it almost seems like a love pentagon or octagon. Explaining it would be just too confusing but Cassandra weaves these different characters together so well.
Lastly, this would not be a proper review without discussing the concept of Parabatai. This concept was touched upon in both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series. This book follows two Parabatai, Emma and Julian. We are introduced to the lore behind this pairing and why it is so horrible to fall in love with your Parabatai. It is also interesting to see the two main characters in the book who are Parabatai with each other. It is a new concept in this awesome world of Shadowhunters.
Overall, I’m a huge fan of Cassandra Clare’s and her Shadowhunter World. There is no way I could give this book anything else than a 5/5 rating. I am waiting on baited breath for the next instalment in The Dark Artifices.