Monday, 7 March 2016

Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight
by Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: March 8th, 2016
Purchase: [Chapters/Indigo] [Amazon]
Los Angeles. It’s been five years since the events of the Mortal Instruments when Nephilim stood poised on the brink of oblivion and Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs lost her parents. After the blood and violence she witnessed as a child, Emma has dedicated her life to to discovering exactly what it was that killed her parents and getting her revenge.

Raised in the Los Angeles Institute with the Blackthorn family, Emma is paired as a parabatai with her best friend, Julian Blackthorn. A series of murders in the city catch her attention — they seem to have the same characteristics as the deaths of her parents. Could the murderer be the same person? And her attention isn’t the only one caught: someone has been murdering Downworlders as well. The Fair Folk make a deal with the Institute: if the Blackthorns and Emma will investigate the killings, they’ll return Mark Blackthorn to his home. The catch: they have only two weeks to find the killers. Otherwise it’s open war between faeries and Nephilim.

The Shadowhunters of the Institute must race against time to catch the killers, even as they begin to suspect the involvement of those closest to them. At the same time, Emma is falling in love with the one person in the world she’s absolutely forbidden by Shadowhunter Law to love. Set against the glittering backdrop of present-day Los Angeles, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches from the warlock-run nightclubs of the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica.

I squealed the mightiest of squeals (not that of an animal, but that of a fangirl) when I got my tiny little fangirl paws on an advanced copy of Lady Midnight, the first and highly anticipated title in Cassandra Clare's new Dark Artifices series. The box was shiny (not really, it was black) and oh-so beautiful. In fact, that very evening I refused to answer my phone and blocked out the entire world as I began on this mighty 720 page monster.

"Shadow Market nights were Kit's favorite."

Lady Midnight stars the Shadowhunters of the Los Angeles institute and reveals challenges, drama, and enemies for the new cast of characters, as well as many of the character we've previously grown to love in The Mortal Instruments series. Keeping things strictly spoiler-free, I felt Lady Midnight was a phenomenal beginning to this new series. Compared to Cassandra Clare's other titles, her maturity as an author with the experience of many published titles shined through her latest venture in the Shadowhunter world. She was far more careful to keep events in the title strictly involved for the sake of plot movement, and it was quite appreciated by this long-time fan.

"After the darkness, there was light. Bright white and silver - starlight on water and sand. And Emma was flying."

Fans of Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunters will, without a doubt, love Lady Midnight and the new cast of characters it introduces. Readers will appreciate the growth of Cassandra Clare's writing, character development, and suspenseful plot twists.

4.5 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. Great review and spoiler free!

  2. Bookish Willow7 March 2016 at 10:30

    Thank you for the early review Wendy! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Lady Midnight tomorrow!

  3. AH! You got an ARC box and it's so pretty! Congratulations and thank you for letting us know it's good!

  4. ~ Lola Book Lover ~7 March 2016 at 10:42

    An absolutely gorgeous cover and spectacular prose. I haven't read any of the other books she's written. Would I need to in order to read this one?

  5. So lucky! The ARC box looks gorgeous!! I cannot wait!

  6. So lucky! That box looks absolutely gorgeous, what I would give to get one of those!

    I'm so excited about this book. I can't wait to finally hold my own copy in my hands (but I have to wait until the correct edition comes out because my collection is very important to me). I just need one answer. Is there more Malec?? I won't survive otherwhise.

  7. Lucky indeed. I have to wait until the end of the month to get my copy. Glad you enjoyed the book.