Book Review | Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

9781442468368_p0_v1_s1200x630“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?”

Title: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: ★★★★★

For the longest time, I thought I was done with the Shadowhunter universe. I honestly didn’t love the addition to the City of Bones trilogy so I thought the Dark Artifices series may not be my thing either. Luckily, I was completely wrong. i absolutely loved this. I listened to the audiobook on Scribd, and I’d definitely recommend it if you’re on the fence about whether or not you should read this mammoth of a book. The narrator did a great job and I never felt overwhelmed by the size.

Cassandra Clare is a master at creating character relationships. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I’m usually not a character-based reader. I usually couldn’t care less about the relationships in a book, I just want to experience the shenanigans they get up to. Therefore, I think it speaks to Cassandra Clare’s growing expertise at her craft that she could create so many diverse, deep, relationships and also make me care about every single one of them. There’s quite a cast of characters in this book and it’s been awhile since I read the last Shadowhunters book so I felt a bit confused at first. Fortunately, all of the characters are written so differently and so well it was easy to pick up who was who after a few chapters.

The chemistry between Jules and Emma was so sweet. I haven’t “shipped” any characters in quite some time because, again, I’m 25 and don’t usually feel that committed but I did this time! (Also, absolutely no judgment if you’re still shipping characters at any age, I love that.) I’d say their relationship is slightly based on miscommunication, which I usually absolutely abhor but luckily, this time, the fact that they didn’t talk about how they feel was for such a good reason, I didn’t mind it.

Even though Emma and Jules were the lead characters, Jules’s family was never forgotten or pushed to the background. They were fully fleshed out with feelings and thoughts of their own which is an impressive feat considering just how large Jules family is. I was never just rooting for Emma or for Jules, I always was hoping the other characters were okay as well. Especially Mark. I love Mark’s character and I’m so excited to read more from him. His story was extra entertaining because he’d spent the past few years with The Wild Hunt (a group of faerie men). This adds an additional depth and area of exploration to his character that we don’t get with anyone else and I truly enjoyed learning more of that aspect.

The plot was also a whole lot of fun. Again, this book isn’t short. It’s quite the tome. But, the plot continued to move even throughout the character development. This had such a fun mystery aspect, and as a thriller reader, I loved the mix of a mystery with a YA fantasy novel. It really spoke to my heart as I absolutely adore both genres. There were constant twists and turns and I audibly gasped as we got to a few different reveals. Honestly, I didn’t expect any of the twists that Cassandra Clare gave us and I love being completely surprised. The actions scenes in this were also a lot of fun and easy to follow.

Overall, I’d absolutely recommend picking this up if you’ve read all of the other Shadowhunter series. Cassandra Clare brings back beloved characters intermittently while at the same time, making us fall in love with this new cast. The plot isn’t lost either and we’re constantly learning more about this new institute and the issues slowly building around it. It was a solid five-star read.

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