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?
Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.
~Taken from Shadowhunters.com
Lady Midnight is the first book of Cassandra Clare’s latest series, The Dark Artifices, which is set in the larger Shadowhunter universe. We get to catch up with characters from both the Infernal Devices series and the Mortal Instruments series, and also delve into the stories of characters that were introduced in City Of Heavenly Fire, the last book in the Mortal Instruments series. If you haven’t read the other two series mentioned here, I would recommend doing so before reading this review or book.
For those of you who need a refresher: here’s a quick recap of events leading up to Lady Midnight. (I’m assuming you’ve read the Mortal Instruments and are familiar with the characters in that series)
During City Of Heavenly Fire, we meet the Blackthorns (Mark, Helen, Julian, Drusilla, Livia, Tiberius, and Octavian) and Emma Carstairs. The older two Blackthorns are half faerie, which is important to remember! Emma’s parents are killed (presumably by Sebastian), Mark is kidnapped for the faeries and Mr. Blackthorn is Turned by Sebastian. The kids are brought to Alicante since they are now orphaned; Emma and Clary forge a special bond. The kids survive the war, Julian and Emma become parabatai, and they return to Los Angeles with their Uncle Arthur. Because of their faerie blood, Helen is banished to a faraway place, and Mark is abandoned to the Wild Hunt of the faeries.
Lady Midnight picks up five years after these crazy events. Emma is now a young adult, and is obsessed with finding her parents’ true killer, as she doesn’t believe that they were killed by Sebastian. She is joined by her new friend, Cristina Rosales, who has secrets of her own.
On the other hand, Julian has practically been an adult for some time. He has been the surrogate father and mother to his four younger siblings for five years. So when his older brother Mark is returned to them, he is ecstatic to give the responsibilities over. However, time is not the same in Faerie. Mark is physically and emotionally scarred from his years with the Hunt.
These four must come together to solve a city-wide mystery with dangerous consequences.
I loved this book! Cassandra just knows how to breathe life into these characters, not to mention the amazing fantasy world she’s created. I never grow tired of reading her words. Even with the age-old love triangle, Clare manages to make it come to life in ways I didn’t ever think possible.
If you’re looking for a great fantasy read, or dying to see if The Dark Artifices live up to Clare’s previous series’ then look no further than Lady Midnight.