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It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.
Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…
Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?
LOVE LOVE LOVE ALL OF CASSANDRA CLARE'S BOOKS. This book is a great, emotional read and I love it so much.
THIS BOOK IS SO AMAZING!! All of Cassandra Clare's are but this is great. Filled with plot twists, funny lines and intresting characters the book is worth reading!
Oh my goodness. To all those Cassie Clare fans, this book is not a let down. With her great characters you will immediately fall in love with, this book is hard to put down. You will be on the roller coster ride with Emma and Julian with thier ups and down. Get ready for some strong emotions that will tug on your heart strings. Also get ready for some throwbacks to the clockwork series. Its an amazing book and i am recommending you to read it. :)
There’s something about writing reviews for books that I LOVE that freaks me out. Perhaps it’s the fear that I won’t be able to convey my love as accurately as I’d like through words. Perhaps it’s that I’d prefer to just throw a copy at you, screaming Just read it! Or perhaps it’s that the books I love have a special place in my heart and writing these reviews feel like I’m pouring out my emotions, letting go of something. But then again, it means so much to me to be able to share my thoughts with all of you and encourage (and occasionally discourage) you from reading the books that I allow into my life and I dedicate my precious time to. If there’s something that you take away from this review, it’s that you should definitely find the time in your fleeting life to read Lady Midnight.
Let me just start by saying that I adore the books Cassandra Clare has written, particularly The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. Never for one second was I worried what Lady Midnight would be like. I’d once worried that The Infernal Devices wouldn’t be as good at The Mortal Instruments, but I was definitely proven wrong. If there’s something I’ve realised from reading almost every Cassie Clare book, it’s that she doesn’t just write things for the sake of writing them, knowing she has the type of fandom that every author dreams about having. Rather, it feels like these stories have been inside her for years, begging to be released. And speaking of being released, do we have a release date for the next instalment? I literally won’t be able to stop thinking about this books until I get my hands on the next one. Cassie’s Shadowhunter world has left an indelible mark on my heart, like a Rune that doesn’t fade.
The thing I love most about this novel is, of course, the Shadowhunter world it’s set in. This world has a magic that will never fade and will never cease to draw readers in. Somehow, even after writing so many other novels set in the same world, Cassie’s writing always amazes me. In Lady Midnight, the world was explored in even more depth, and I think that it helped that it was set away from the other two locations we’ve already lived in. One of my favourite things that was built on in this novel was understanding the law behind why parabatai should never fall in love. It was something I’d been wondering about ever since the word ‘parabatai’ was introduced into my vocabulary. (And I’d been pronouncing it for years like para-baa-tea – not para-ba-tie and now I’m super confused because of the way they say it in the Shadowhunter TV series.) But after learning so much more about this law in Lady Midnight, I was left both heartbroken and fascinated… And desperate to get my hands on the next instalment. Yo, Cassie, I’m always here if you need another set of eyes to look over your manuscript. Just in case. … please …
Another aspect of this book that I simply adored was seeing a few familiar faces. Sure, we were introduced to more characters in this novel, but it was lovely to spend some more time with Magnus and Clary and Jace’s whole crew. Honestly, I just can’t get enough of these people. For the last few weeks, it’s been Shadowhunter central in my place. I’ve been rereading The Mortal Instruments, then I read Lady Midnight, all the while I’ve been watching the Shadowhunters TV show – and I’m still desperate for more! I feel like even these characters are familiar, I never get sick of them because they’re all so well developed and unique. They don’t feel like characters in a book. They feel like living, breathing people. I just can’t explain how well Cassie creates her characters. Every single one of them is deep and flawed and has their own set of individual attributes and vivid personality. And that’s what I love most about her books. It honestly feels like I’m reading about old friends.
Carrying on from talking about familiar faces, let’s talk about the two people we haven’t seen all that much in the past: Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn. As much as I love Clary, I found her a little annoying at times. Perhaps that’s just because I’ve known her for longer and have read six novels with her being our protagonist that I have learned what I don’t like about her and when she will frustrate me or make the decisions that I wouldn’t make myself. I know it’s just early days, but Emma felt different. She was fierce and determined, but most of all, she could listen. She knew her limits and she knew when to ask for help. I love Clary, I really do, but I think that Emma was the character I was waiting for.
Julian was beyond amazing to read about. He felt so different to Jace and Will. He felt like more of a Jem to me, which was nice for a change. Yes, I do love Jace and Will and their dark, brooding personalities, but it felt refreshing to read about someone who was so pure and honest and while he did have a terrible past, he didn’t let that define him. He was dedicated to taking care of his siblings after being forced to take up the role of their father. His determination to keep their family together was incredibly touching and reduced me to tears on many occasions. He had the most beautiful soul I’ve read about in a while. Additionally, his siblings, and all the other less-major characters, were incredibly well-developed. I formed connections to Livvy and Tiberius and Dru and Tavvy and I felt like it was time that we explored how Shadowhunters grew up. It was fascinating to see the things that Shadowhunter children would be exposed to as they make their way into adulthood. I feel like that was something we missed out on in previous books simply because we just didn’t have any characters under 15. In that way, this novel gave me so much extra depth and knowledge about the Shadowhunter world, drawing me in and making me feel like I was really a part of it.
Lady Midnight was simply perfect, right from the beginning to the ending. The only thing that I didn’t like about this book was that I felt the first 50 pages were more about recapping what the Shadowhunter world was like and reintroducing characters. But I suppose that would be necessary for people who haven’t read the previous books. And just because I’m so in love with the other series, I knew these things by heart already. But this recapping by no means lowers my rating of this book. The plot, the romance and the character-development all weaved together to form a story that I couldn’t put down. If you loved The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, I urge you to pick up this book. Even if you haven’t read her other series, you can definitely start here! I’d give Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare a score of 10 out of 10. Let’s take about this fabulous book! Have you read it yet? Are you planning on reading it? Have you read the other books I talked about? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Thanks to Simon & Schuster Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!
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