Hello! I’m alive!
Again, it’s been a very long time. And I have no excuses, again. So, let’s just talk about the book!
As you know, I’ve been hell bent on finishing all the Shadowhunter books as soon as possible. And now that I’m at the end, at least for now, I want to go back to them and read them again. Even though I also kind of want to read some cutesy contemporary to depart from the high level of drama that have been in my life for almost two months now. I love all of Cassandra Clare’s books. But I think that Lady Midnight is the best first book in a series among all the other first books written by Cassandra Clare. And it’s beautiful.
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.
First of all, let’s talk about the characters. Emma is probably one of the best protagonists ever. She is up there with Tessa and that’s a great compliment coming from me because as you know, I adore the Infernal Devices. And I must say, if this book gets better with each and every book, it may even be better or at par with the Infernal Devices trilogy. I am just putting it out there right now that I have high hopes for the Dark Artifices. Because the first book was brilliant.
Sorry, I got sidetracked. Yes, so Emma impressed me a lot. She impressed me with her decisions and I liked her impulsive nature. She is the kind of protagonist that I like to read about, which basically means that she is stubborn and a prodigy. And Julian is a perfect character to stand beside her and offer different perspectives. Julian kind of reminds me of Jem in the sense that he is inherently good. He keep saying throughout the book that he has built his life around lies but I really didn’t see it that way. All the children have their unique personalities and I love how every one of the Blackthorn children brings their own unique thing to the story without feeling like fillers. But I think I’ll not make any decisions and judgement about Mark just yet. I couldn’t quite pin him down and I need another book to decide my feelings for him. Also, I think that eventually Christina and Emma are going to be parabatai. This is my prediction for the last book of this series.
The writing is, as usual, beautiful. But in this book, I loved the poetic language of the fae and everything about them intrigued me. After reading a certain story from Tales From Shadowhunter Academy stories, I know that not all of them are bad. I kind of feel like I want a book or a series that is based on them because they seem incredibly interesting to me. The plot of this book, as a whole, was really good. And the connection of this plot with a certain poem by Poe blew my mind. I read that poem last semester for my E. A. Poe course and the way Cassandra Clare waved this story around the poem was amazing. Also, I kind of miss Magnus. I know that he is preoccupied with other things but I want him back and I want his witty commentary back. I, like everyone else, also want to know the deal with parabatai falling in love thing. But I’m willing to wait for it.
So, that’s all I have to say about this book. I enjoyed it a lot and I am looking forward to knowing more about these characters and witnessing their adventure. Also, the book was really dark is certain places and I didn’t expect that. I am already hyper up for the next book. I hope the series continues to be as good, if not better, with each book. Did you read this book yet? Please comment on what you felt about this book! Thank you so much for reading this. Until next time then!
My rating- 4.75/5.
My Goodreads rating- 5/5.