Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare kicks off the Dark Artifices trilogy. Prepare to be sucked into the wild and dangerous world of Shadowhunters – where demons threaten the world and everything is more complicated than at first it seems.
Emma and Julian are parabatai – connected by a special and sacred bond that makes them a powerful fighting team. But there are threats even more pressing than demons encroaching on the family that Julian and Emma have worked so hard to create and protect. They must ask themselves what they are willing to do to keep those they love safe, and, more importantly, what they won’t do.
In all honesty, this book wrecked me. I joke with my book friends about how I feel more emotion from reading this than I do from anything in reality BUT IT’S TRUE. I’m not embarrassed to say I love this book more than most things in life. The relationships that Clare develops are so incredibly powerful and intense that as a reader you become entirely wrapped up in the story and invested in every relationship.
While reading this my family kept commenting on how large the book is (it’s enormous at 668 pages)! Even so, I finished it in less than three days because it is just so good that it physically pained me to put it down. You might be thinking to yourself that this is an unnecessarily dramatic review, but Lady Midnight is a dramatic novel that deserves to be reviewed in a manner as such.
Lady Midnight is a wonderful blend of action and romance and the supernatural. Underscoring these elements are the constant mysteries weaved in to the plot that makes it so that you absolutely must keep reading just one more chapter.
Fans of Clare’s other works will very much enjoy Lady Midnight, especially because of the occasional appearances of characters from other Shadowhutner world books. If you haven’t read her books before, give this one a try if you enjoy reading novels about battles waged between good and evil (and the blurred line in between), or if you want to become emotionally invested in one of the greatest love stories of all time.
I give Lady Midnight five stars for the complex and compelling plot that transports you to this other world that Cassandra Clare has created that seems so tangible. Despite all the drama and violence, the story will have you wishing that the characters and their stories were real.