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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

GoodreadsIt’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?

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If you haven’t read The Mortal Instruments or the Infernal Devices, WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?!

Lady Midnight is a strong start to a new series. Unlike Cassandra Clare’s first two series, the main character Emma is already a part of the Shadowhunter world. It was so refreshing! I can’t tell you how annoyed I am with books where a teenage girl is thrown into a supernatural world and finds out she’s the chosen one.

This was kind of slow, but it was still enjoyable. The characters are all fab, and the plot was intriguing. Cassandra Clare’s writing style has really improved and matured since her last book.

I really dig the diversity in this. There’s a bisexual character, POC, and one of the characters falls on the autism spectrum. I love all the Blackthorn kids. I want to protect them from whatever harm and danger will be coming their way in the next two books.

I love Julian so much. He was deprived of a childhood and had to raise his younger siblings on his own after Helen was exiled and Mark was taken by the Wild Hunt. The poor guy carries the weight of the world on his shoulders and has had to lie and do so much to protect his family.

I totally ship Emma and Julian. They’ll figure something out about this whole parabatai curse… They need to!

After everything wrapped up, I was sitting there thinking… Isn’t this a trilogy? Where is this going? Is the Guardian really dead? I don’t think they’re really dead. Who is Kit? Then we got answers, and I need book two NOW.

I LOVED seeing Clary, Jace, Tessa, and Jem. My heart is so happy for Simon and Isabelle. That short story at the end of the book was the cherry on top. It felt so good seeing all of them again.

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2 thoughts on “Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

  1. Personally, I read about 100 pages of City of Bones, put it down and never looked at it again. In my opinion, the writing as shocking, the plot was generic, the characters were frustrating, and the plot holes were bigger than Jupiter. The writing thingy that the characters could write runes with was basically a get out of jail free card for whenever she had written herself into a hole. Cassie slapped basically everyone, even when they had saved her life. And she used the same words every time to describe the same things. For example, “bridled” every time a wolf appeared and “angel like” for Jace. I’m glad that she found an audience, though, and even though her writing may not be for me, I still congratulate her on writing a successful series. I’m glad that you enjoyed this book, many people have said they do. I won’t be reading it, due to my awful experience with City of Bones, but thanks for a great review anyway!

    – Paul at The Galaxial Word

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