Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

25494343Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Supernatural

Pages: 698

Published: March 8th 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

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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?

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.


I needed a night to process what I had read because Clare and I had a falling out with one another during her last [overly drawn out] series The Mortal Instruments. As such I had debated dipping into this novel, but with promises of Mark Blackthorn, how could I resist?

I was immediately reminded why I nearly looked over this book, I do not care for Emma Carstairs, who due to Clare’s obsession with Jace Herondale, has fashioned a female version of Jace. At least he had some charm where as Emma just…lacked charm and like the prior books the angst is so tangible that it was threatening to choke me out.

Since this is the beginning of a new series one might think it’d be lighter toned with promises of a progression into the darker bits, but this one pretty much plunges us into darkness right off the bat. There are a few things going on:

1. Emma trying to solve the mystery solving her parent’s murder.
2, Emma and Julien coping with f-f-feelings.
3. Mark is back and he’s trying to cope with existing in this reality.
4. Everyone is trying to solve the mystery behind the random murders cropping up.

I think I could have done without a good portion of the storyline, it could have been condensed to around 300/400 pages instead of almost 700. I rolled my eyes every single time Jace was mentioned or that he was the greatest shadowhunter ever. The bright side was that this book did touch on a question that we’ve all had, why can two parabatai fall in love and be in love? Wouldn’t the bond just be all the better for?

Well, there is a reason and I’m not spoiling that for you.

The twist, was that even a twist? I saw that coming from a mile away. It was very sloppy as was much of this book, at least I felt that way. I have been reading it since September, it’s a book I kept picking up and putting down because the characters annoyed me. When I reached the last 200 pages is when it picked up and I didn’t want to put it down, but that is likely due to Mark’s story really began roll and his story was one I was looking forward to the most.

Overall? I give it a 3.5 because toward the end it redeemed itself…I was very close to giving it a 3. Clare is and always will be a hit or miss for me. She just really burnt me out with The Mortal Instrument series.. I loved Infernal Devices, though!

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    1. I read this one because I loved Mark and his story was interesting. As I was reading this I was gnashing my teeth together… Rehashing events, or boasting about how wonderful Jace was. The angst was more than I could bare, but there were some highly interesting spots… and Mark reminded me why I continued to read the book rather than DNF it. I was close, trust me.. almost 3 months of reading it? Sheesh.

      I don’t think I’ll continue to read, unless someone shakes me and says that I must. 😀 Glad someone else shares my opinion, though!


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