Book Review, Books

Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare

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The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

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?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

So it’s finally out! Everything is good again until you finish the book and then you want to read more of it. Also don’t worry the first section will be no spoiler just my thoughts and feelings of the book as a whole and a basic blurb of the book so don’t worry I will warn when I begin talking about the events in the book. The cover is beautiful I fell in love with the cover it’s amazing and I love it. I hugged this very hard when this was delivered. I was waiting all day for my Amazon parcel to come.

This book did not disappoint me Cassandra Clare is brilliant and I don’t care how many people slate her she’s like my god!

So being that is kind of a sequel to The Mortal Instruments and it is set 5 years later and follows Emma, but we are not in New York, this time, we are over in L.A. Being that we know this world there wasn’t much world building other than getting us used to being in L.A and not New York. It was nice to be in that familiar world again and it’s like we never had a break in between TMI and TDA. As it was a carry on from the TMI world one thing that surprised me was the aftermath of the Dark War known as stupid Sebastian trying to end the world and blah anyway all the faerie (no idea if that is spelt right) they have been punished for siding with Sebastian in the dark war and it’s shocked me how the Shadowhunter/clave have turned their back on a whole race for the actions of a few. So now we have The Cold Peace which makes me sad a little especially because Mark and Helen Julian’s older siblings are part Fae.

The characters I loved I fell in love with Emma and Christina and just all of them except you know the baddy which I can’t tell you because that would be one big ass spoiler and nobody would forgive me. But all Julian’s siblings they were so adorable and I could picture each and every one of them. All the characters are brilliant, the one I wasn’t keen on was Arthur, erm the uncle I really didn’t like him and if you have read it you will know why but if you want to read it you will figure out why he wasn’t very liked. We get to see our old characters too! Tessa, Jem, Jace, Magnus (he bae) Alec, Clary, we get to see them all again and Isabelle and Simon are also mentioned. It makes me incredibly happy that we get to see them together.

Also, what makes me even happier. MAGNUS AND ALEC STILL TOGETHER. I ship them are hard! Malec is the ultimate ship. Like I’m still waiting for a full book of them being romantic together like Cassandra Clare make this happen! PLEASE. So that should happen. Magnus and Alec are just gah anyway that’s not what this book is about.

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Right, that’s enough warning for spoilers, so if you read on you have nobody but yourself to blame. I mean unless you have read it then you safe mate. Read on, but for those who haven’t. Shame on you.

Emma and Julian their relationship from when he came back to the institute I could tell it wasn’t just the parabatai bond it was something else like we had already seen how Alec and Jace and Jem and Will’s parabatai bond had worked so we could tell this one was a little different. It felt different as a reader, it’s like there was something unspoken between them. As we read on we figured out that they love each other although both struggle with the fact that they love each other and are each others parabatai as it is against the rules to love each other. Although nobody has ever said why it’s dangerous for them to love until Jem tells her at the end of the book too much power and then she makes that decision to not be with Julian. That moment was heartbreaking it was worse Clary and Jace being told they were fake siblings, it was worse than that moment. I felt both of their pain that was like such powerful writing. Cassandra Clare always manages to get me in the heart. But the whole way through I was rooting for them to be together but then deep down I knew that the book wouldn’t end with that. So it really made me sad that it wouldn’t. I’m hoping obviously that within the next 2 books they will get together. If not, Cassie Clare I’m coming for you.

Mark. He was such an interesting character, being that he was taken away by the Faeries as a sort of punishment, he was returned to them as a bargaining chip and seeing his relationships develop with his younger siblings it was so interesting, the fact he didn’t realise time had gone past and the Julian basically had to become a father at 12 and learn to run the institute too, watching them together it was like Mark was younger than him. It was also understanding as he hadn’t been in that world for 5 years and didn’t know what to do. But seeing it all try to work they all didn’t know what to do and it was trial and error thing and it worked well and obviously he decides to stay woo. Kieran his boyfriend or whatever they were. Cassandra Clare writes gay romance brilliantly, seeing them together it felt like Magnus and Alec all over again but obviously Kieran and Mark, from what we saw of them together and what Mark told us it was such a nice relationship between them.

Kieran then decides to be a jealous asshole but I swear in one of the other books we were told they get very jealous, and for punishment Mark has to be whipped which is when Kieran realises what he has done, and says no. Julian agrees to take the whips but then he is in pain as is Emma because of the parabatai bond she feels it too. So then she finally takes the whips for them both, and because of this Mark is furious with Kieran and they break it off and he tries to kill him. It was horrible to see but right then I think Mark knows that his loyalties lie with his family, although it’s sad that it had to happen for that to happen. I’m glad it was.

Julian and his siblings, he was very protective of them and it was nice for him to try and keep them safe, and, of course, they didn’t always want to listen with Ty holding a knife to Kit’s throat (who turns out to be a shadowhunter! A HERONDALE in fact! That was a shock I was like no, that can’t be true. I wondered why we started off with them but it made sense by the end of the book.) So although he wanted so hard to protect the children he was just fighting a losing battle knowing that it is what they were meant to do they wanted to fight. Julian finally lets them all his when one of them is taken by MALCOLM. THE EVIL GUY. I’ll explain that soon. Erm so they all fought together and he was surprised by some of his siblings abilities knowing that he just wanted to protect them. Dru, Livvy and Ty prove themselves and what they can do to Julian when Tavvy is kidnapped by Malcolm (I think I got that the right way round. Names so similar man.)

Malcolm is the high warlock of Los Angelos, a very bad one. At first, we think oh he’s helping them. He’s going to help them and help Emma figure out who killed his parents. Yeah, we all think that. NO! THAT’S A LIE. He killed Emma’s parents! The cunt. He kidnapped Tavvy to bring back his lost love also known as Annabel but she is also called Lady Midnight, hence the title of this book. Blood must have blood to be able to raise her and bring her back to life. So he was dumb and decided to kidnap a child. You know he could have just taken crazy old Arthur instead of the child. He dies. Emma kills him and it was so beautiful him being dead she finally got her revenge and that was beautiful.

Clary and Jace are mentioned a lot in this book and are basically very famous for their part in the Dark War and Julian and Emma look up to them and are friends with them. In the City of Heavenly fire, we see Clary is the only one who goes running after Emma once she finds out her parents died and is one of the few people who believed that they weren’t killed by Sebastian. So it’s nice to see them appear and we get Jace talking to them about how the parabatai bond is the best thing ever and you should love who they were with it made me laugh as he mentioned how long it took for Alec to accept Clary there is a quote it’s so funny.

“You’ve got a lot of responsibility now,” Jace said to Julian. “You’ll have to make sure Emma winds up with a guy who deserves her.”

Julian was strangely white-faced. Maybe he was feeling the effects of the ceremony, Emma thought. It had been strong magic; she still felt it sizzling through her blood like champagne bubbles. But Jules looked as if he’d been slapped.

“What about me?” Emma said, quickly. “Don’t I have to make sure Jules winds up with someone who deserves him?”

“Absolutely. I did it for Alec, Alec did it for me — well, actually, he hated Clary at first, but he came around.”

“I BET you didn’t like Magnus much, either,” said Julian, still with the same odd, stiff look on his face.

“Maybe not,” said Jace, “but I never would have said so.”

“Because it would have hurt Alec’s feelings?” Emma asked.

“No,” said Jace, “because Magnus would have turned me into a hat rack.

It made me laugh so much, I love that it still has the humour in this and I don’t think I would have it any other way. Whilst I was ready I was seeing some funny ones and I did highlight a few whilst I was reading and posted them on Goodreads.

There are many quotes about the law and I loved the quotes but hated the law, like I was sick of hearing about it and them having to abide by it, and I loved some of the quotes that came up about it, I know that they hated the law too which made it funny.

“The law is annoying, but it is also flexible”

That quote is Emma right at the beginning of the book and if you think about it applies to life too. The law is always flexible. I think that quote applies to every series Cassandra Clare has written. THEY ALL BREAK THE LAW.

“It’s polite to apologise,” said Mark with the same small smile.

“Not to inanimate objects.”

Haha this makes me laugh so much, it is totally polite to apologise to objects! I always say sorry for walking into my door. I just I loved the humour and the book overall it was such a brilliant story.

I would and could talk all day about this but then what do you have left to read?! So go read and if you have read it let me know and we can gush together! Believe me I would go on talking about all my favourite bits and everything but we would be here all day. I have only gone through some of my favourite bits, I know there is way more than happens in the story, but I shall leave you with what I like!

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