Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices #1
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderly | March 8th, 2016
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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?
The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.
“People live through heartbreak, and you are strong enough to live through it many times.”
So, what’s it about ~ Cassandra Clare’s newest addition to the Shadowhunter universe is, unsurprisingly, full of everything you’d expect from one of her books. There’s mystery, action, magic, wonderful dialogue, and, of course, forbidden love.
The characters ~ I’ll be honest, I was a little worried that Clare would make another Jace 2.0 in Julian or the female equivalent of Jem in Emma. I was pleasantly surprised to see that she breathed life into Emma and Julian as a completely different set of characters. I love both of them, separately, but also together because a huge plotline in the series is that they are parabatai—shadowhunters who are bound together for life by magic.
Even before setting my eyes on Lady Midnight’s pages, I knew of the parabatai debacle with Emma and Julian and I knew that, obviously, they were to fall in love. Which is forbidden for parabatai, for unknown reasons from the Clave [the Shadowhunter government; “the Law is hard, but it is the Law” (my gosh that was repeated so many times in the book)]. Anyways, we learn why parabatai can’t fall in love by the end of the book and that was a burning question for me while I was reading because, to me it didn’t make sense why a pair of them are forbidden to fall in love. Let me tell you, it doesn’t and does make sense at the same time. In order for me to explain that last sentence, I’d have to tell you why they can’t fall in love and that’d be a spoiler so I’ll refrain from explaining.
Moving on though, the other characters are just as important, if not more, to the story. You’ll easily fall in love with Julian’s siblings, Tavvy, Dru, Ty, and Mark. The whole thing with Mark and the Fae is a really interesting part to the book and I’m sure we’ll be seeing way more of that in the next two installments.
Buzz worthy mentions ~ 1. The whole tie in with Edgar Allan Poe’s Annabel Lee. 2. How Cassandra Clare brought up the issue of mental health through her characters Arthur, Mark, and Tiberius Blackthorn. 3. This quote: “We can be cruelest to those who remind us of ourselves.”
Wait, what?? ~ 1. So, I get that Emma trained really hard and worked her ass off but do you seriously expect me to believe she trained to “fight through pain by practicing barefoot–on broken glass??”
Yeah I just don’t find that realistic at all, even for a demon fighting Shadowhunter. Personally, that’s just plain stupid because you’re just destroying your body and not preparing it, which is what Emma is supposed to be doing: preparing.
2. I saw the word ‘incongruous’ used way too much. So much so that I looked it up to make sure Clare was using it in the correct manner.
I went into this book knowing what to expect and not knowing what to expect at the same time. I was completely sucked into the Shadowhunter world again and it felt even reminiscent of diving into the first book, City of Bones. You could read this book on its own but I’d highly recommend reading all the previous books before this one.
It is the same world as The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices but the feel is slightly different. It’s after the events of the Dark War (basically the whole show down with Sebastian) and there’s now a Cold Peace because the hand the Fae had in helping Sebastian. It goes to showcase how corrupt the Clave is. We’ll definitely be seeing a lot more of Faerie in the next two books.
Great book, although a bit lengthy (ha maybe that’s why this review is pretty long). Go and read it, you will not be disappointed.