TITLE: Lady Midnight
AUTHOR: Cassandra Clare
SERIES: The Dark Artifices
GENRES: Young Adult, Fantasy
PUBLISHED: March 8th 2016
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK
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. 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 murdered in the same way Emma’s parents where 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?
What I Think
“He bumped into a pay phone and said, ‘Excuse me, miss,’ on our way in,” said Julian.
“It’s polite to apologize,” said Mark with the same small voice.
“Not to inanimate objects.”
Lady Midnight is the first book in the Dark Artifices series. But it’s not just new characters in this book, we get to see the old ones as well: Jem, Clary etc. And I’m just gonna say it right now: I loved Jem back in the day and I still love him!
This was the second time already that I picked up this book from our library. Last time I just couldn’t make myself to read it. I’m very intimidated by big books. And all the hype going on about Lady Midnight definitely didn’t help. But this time I actually started to read it.
It started off kind of slow and I wasn’t that interested in reading. But somewhere in the middle of this book it started to get somewhat more interesting and having some actual action going on. From there on I hardly could put this down and stop reading.
I really liked Julian from the very beginning of Lady Midnight. He’s such an amazing guy! So caring, gentle, harsh enough… just muah! As for Emma, I hated her a little bit at the start. For me she came out as a little selfish person. I know, I know, it was about her parents’ murderer but still. But towards the end, she actually became more likable.
I would have wanted more information about Cristina and Diana though. They were there but then again they really weren’t there that much. I know some secrets are probably revealed in the next book but it still is bugging me.
As for the romance part. I HATE THAT KIND OF ROMANCE OKAY?! Gosh, it brakes my heart in tiny peaces every time and still it manages to annoy the life out of me. I don’t even understand how it can make me so angry and so heartbroken at the same time but it does. Every time it happens in any book. Forbidden love, doomed from the start. I really hope they can be together someday!
As for the rating, I’m still debating with myself: 3,5 or 4? I really don’t know. I liked it but then again it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. Maybe it’s the hype that made me assume it to be something mind blowing? I just didn’t like it as much as I did TID and TMI. I’ll settle it at 3,5.