I remember the day that I first picked up The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. I had been in a reading slump and I didn’t know if I would ever find something that I wanted to read again. Yes, it was that bad. But when I sat down and read the book – I felt as thought I was transported into a different world.
I felt like someone understood what I was going through – the complexities of family and growing and becoming more than I was. I remember that day, because it’s the day that I fell in love with Cassie Clare’s writing.
It’s the day I found a fandom home.
Fast forward to this year and a new series. Lady Midnight. I will admit that I looked at the book, saw how huge it was and I wanted to cry. I had been in another reading slump, but I was excited. So I sat down and cracked the book, not knowing what to expect.
But there was no way that I could have expected what I was about to read.
There is a moment where you know that what you are reading is perfection – that it speaks to you in ways that you can’t explain. Lady Midnight is that book. It’s the book that makes you forget about all the fandom drama, all of the other books, it was a moment that I felt like I fell in love with reading again.
The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.
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.
Lady Midnight is a familiar place, but so different. If you read Clare’s series – you know the Shadowhunter world. But this world is new. Maybe that’s the thing – there is a new part of the world to explore that makes you feel at peace. It’s like moving to a new home and all the wonders that are waiting for you are possible.
But in typical Clare fashion – it’s heartbreaking and pulls at every emotion that you didn’t know you had. It makes you remember that there is always a home for you in the Shadowhunter world.
If you are a fan of Clare’s work – you need to make sure to pick up this book. “We loved with a love that was more than love” – that’s the way we love this book. You are in for surprises and delights. There are moments that will leave you speechless, moments that will break you down, and there a parts that will piece you back together. Lady Midnight is a great start to a new series, one that you can not miss.