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Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on March 8th 2016
Genres: High Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 698
Goodreads
four-stars

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, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up 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 prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian 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?

I highly suggest you don’t read this review if you haven’t at least read the Mortal Instruments series. There’s spoilers in Lady Midnight from all previous book series – TMI, Infernal Devices, Shadowhunter Academy, etc..

After I finished City of Heavenly Fire back in June of 2014, I was super pumped for Lady Midnight. The introduction of Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn got me really excited for their story. Emma was fierce and precocious and I loved her immediately. In a way, Emma reminded me of Jace because she was fiercely loyal and reckless, but in other ways, she was so different. Jace was often brooding which irritated. Emma had the qualities I loved about Jace and none of the ones I didn’t.

Lady Midnight takes place five years after Sebastian Morgenstern was defeated in book six of the Mortal Instrument Series, City of Heavenly Fire. Five years ago during what’s known as the Dark War, Emma’s parents were murdered. Julian Blackthorn and his siblings also lost their father Arthur to a demon possession.

Julian Blackthorn is officially one of my all time favorite characters in the Mortal Instruments World. With the support of his parabatai Emma, Julian has fathered his four younger siblings ever since he was 12. Julian never got to be a pre-teen or teen. He became a father-like figure the moment he was forced to kill his own father during the Dark War. I really connected with Julian. Although I never had younger siblings that I had to look after, I was forced to grow up too quick. I related with Julian because we both hold resentment because of missed opportunities.

In Lady Midnight, Emma is harboring a deep secret. She is head-over-heels in love with Julian, something that is absolutely not allowed in the Shadowhunter society. Emma doesn’t know why you can’t be in love with your parabatai, just that “the law is hard, but it is the law”. Besides impending punishment, Emma is afraid that Julian will find out that her feelings go deeper than just parabatai and that it will ruin their friendship. With the exception of Jem, the Blackthorns are the only family Emma has left and she also doesn’t want to jeopardize that.

The story really picks up when Emma and the Blackthorns discover that a bunch of bodies are being dumped around LA. All the bodies have been found with demonic carvings on the skin, similar to how Emma’s parents’ bodies were discovered five years prior. Emma, who has never once believed her parents were killed by Sebastian, is thrilled when the bodies start showing up. In five years, it’s the first real clue that Emma has discovered that could prove her parent’s weren’t a victim of Sebastian.

I really enjoyed Lady Midnight. It took me a year plus to finally sit and read it, but once I got past the first 50 pages or so I really got into it. I can’t give the book 5 stars because I feel like it was a little bumpy at times. However, I feel like Lady Midnight is setting up to be something really great and I have high hopes that the books to follow will be amazing.

 

four-stars
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City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra ClareCity of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6) by Cassandra Clare
Published by Margaret K. McElderry on May 27th 2014
Pages: 725
Goodreads
four-stars

In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris - but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee - even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned...

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!

City of Heavenly Fire is easily my favorite book in the Mortal Instruments series. I felt like it did a wonderful job of tying up Clary and Jace’s story, connecting with Tessa’s, Jem’s and Wills, as well as, revving us up for the next series featuring new players – Emma and Jules. I’m especially excited for the new series Dark Artifices because I am already in love with Emma and Jules. This new series really has gotten my attention.

But anyways, back to City of Heavenly Fire. Though at times I struggled to keep reading, I thought the overall pace of CoHF was great. I’m normally not a fan of multiple POVS, but with everything happening in TMI’s world affecting a large group of peoples/races, I find multiple POVS were needed for full impact. I may be in the minority here, but out of all of the TMI characters, Jace and Clary are my least favorite. Either they pale in comparison to others like Simon and Magnus, or I just find them plain boring. Luckily, CoHF relied heavily on other’s POVS so I could stay interested in the storyline.

I wasn’t expecting to feel quite as emotional as I ended up feeling while reading CoHF. The previous TMI books have been so-so in my opinion. I think this really goes to show how Clare’s writing has evolved. I could tell that her writing had improved when I started/finished the Infernal Devices series (my favorite shadowhunter series). There are a lot of deaths and sacrifices in this final book, and one in particular did have me tear up.

I’m glad that I stuck with this series because although it’s not an all-time favorite of mine, I do enjoy the world that Clare has created. Shadowhunters are one of the most unique and interesting nephilim stories yet to be written. Clare’s take on angels, demons and so forth is one of the strongest and most interesting takes out there (in my opinion).

Basically I loved this book. And since I’m not an ultimate fan, yet still enjoyed this finale, I believe it’s safe to say that the diehard TMI fans will ADORE this book.

For those that have read this book, I just want to say – LOL. LOL @ Clary’s *3-way suggestion* and a certain *cat kidnapping*

four-stars