This is a spoiler free review
Title: Lady Midnight (Book One of the Dark Artifices)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2016
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 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 by the faerie Courts. All they have to do is solve the murders within two weeks… and before the murderer targets them.
I loved this book. It was great to be able to read the first book in a series and just dive in. I mean I loved the Mortal Instruments and the Infernal Devices, but Clary and Tessa didn’t know anything about the shadow world so we had to learn with them. This book is just straight into the action.
Emma Castairs was such a strong female lead. I actually love how Cassandra writes all her female characters. Emma was also really sassy and she made me laugh out loud many a time.
Julian Blackthorn, was a really interesting character. I enjoyed reading how he coped taking care of his younger siblings for the past five years on his own.
Mark Blackthorn was really weird to read about. He had changed quite a lot because of the Wild Hunt, and acted very faerie like. This also brought hilarity to the book, as he relearns to navigate the normal world.
The other Blackthorns. Despite how much I liked them, and they were vital to the plot, it was hard to keep track of them. I was very confused when I got Ty and Tavvy mixed up, since Ty is thirteen and Tavvy is seven. I also had to keep referring back to check the names and ages of the Blackthorn children. This was for about the first 100/150 pages, until I really got into the story. But once I got to know them, I fell in love with them.
Christina. She was one of my favourite characters from this book. She was strong and gave great advice to Emma. I really liked how she interacted with the others and I felt it was realistic. I just want to be best friends with Christina.
Overall despite the size of the book, I didn’t find it was too slow. The plot moved along at a steady pace, and I was enthralled the entire way through. I would highly recommend this book.
For people who have read the Mortal Instruments or the Infernal Devices, you should definitely read this book. Cassandra Clare was just spectacular again.
For people who have not read any Cassandra Clare books before, it is a bit confusing though background information is given. I would definitely suggested reading the other series first, since there are spoilers for them in Lady Midnight.
What is your favourite Cassandra Clare book? Or if you haven’t read any of her books, would you?
Out of 5 :
p.s. I really want to do a marathon re-read of all the Shadow Hunter books.