Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)

Lady Midnight

“These pictures are my heart. And if my heart was a canvas, every square inch of it would be painted over with you”

Book Details

Title: Lady Midnight

Author: Cassandra Clare

GenresFantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Publication date: Published March 8th 2016

Number of pages: 698 pages


The bond of a parabatai is one greater than friendship. Tied together by magic they are sworn to protect each other for life. A parabatai can be your best friend; your family; the one who understands your music but they can never fall in love.

“The law is hard but it is the Law.”

Emma Carstairs lives for two things; Revenge and her Parabatai, Julian Blackthorn. Ever since the mysterious death of her parents during the dark war over five years ago Emma has been on the chase for her parent’s murderers. But without the support of the Clave she doesn’t get too far in her findings and every lead has led to a dead end. Things change drastically when the bodies of humans and faeries are discovered, gruesomely murdered in the same way that her parents had been. Her search now takes a giant turn and she delves deeper into the darkness of the shadow world. The clock ticking. Two weeks are given to solve the murders. Mark, Julian’s brother, unexpectedly returns to them, but he is no longer the same. Julian desperately tries to release him from the chains that bind him to the Faerie world.  Secrets are uncovered; some that are better left unknown. Their bond, once sacred, now becomes something to be feared. Will Emma ever find what she’s searching for? They say that revenge gives birth to more revenge. What is she willing to sacrifice to achieve that vengeance?  And why can’t Parabatai ever fall in love?

Cassandra Clare once again immerses us into the world of the ShadowHunters; an enchanting world that I’ve loved and dedicated my time to ever since the release of the Infernal Devices. This new Trilogy, The Dark Artifices, is dated five years after the ending of the Series The Mortal Instruments but fear not my friends, you do not have to go all the way back to the trilogy to get the gist of this story. However if you desire a complete understanding of the Shadowhunter world which consists of the vampires, the werewolves and warlocks, it is advisable that you start from the very beginning (The Clockwork Angel). Please do. Do not miss out on the emotional roller-coaster or the heart break that is bound to follow. There you will meet my one and only love William Herondale. * Fan girling moment*. I’m sorry Julian, but Will will always have my heart :’)

Before I begin raving about the content of this novel, I must first of all take a moment to drool over and marvel at the cover and its title. Like seriously. It is absolutely striking. LADY MIDNIGHT! If that does not grab your attention then I don’t know what will. The cover immediately grips and pulls you in. It certainly did so to me.

I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed a novel featuring a fierce heroine and that is exactly who Emma is. Emma knows no fear. She strives to become the best of the best. She is in fact one of the finest Shadowhunters that has ever existed. She runs faster than anyone, jumps higher and fights better. It was quite refreshing reading through the thoughts of a very driven, tenacious, and witty character which is why I particularly loved this novel. It was different from the Infernal devices where you would have Tessa, a more gentle character or Clary, someone who had been struggling with her origins. This is a girl who knows exactly who she is and excels at it.

Many would over look this novel because the Shadowhunter theme is once again recurring and might think that it would be a bore reading about it. That is not entirely true. Yes, we are being brought into the Shadowhunter world again, but the story is different. First of all the characters are unique. The family is one like no other; each individual contributing to an important part of the story. I loved the depth of the characters. Here you have the audacious Emma and of course, the gorgeous and gentle Julian. Thank you, Cassandra Clare, for once again creating such compelling characters.

Another aspect to love about Lady Midnight is the enhancement of Clare’s writing and descriptive skills, which again makes this novel different from the rest.  Clare successfully conjures vivid images of the shadow world in the readers mind. She triumphs in creating and sustaining the suspense and leaves you yearning for the next book. The plot was well thought-out. We are introduced to aspects of the Shadowhunter world that we had no clue about. Throughout the novel we await to find out whether or not Emma achieves what she wants. Then you have the element of romance which makes the story line ever more intriguing. It will definitely leave you brokenhearted at the end of the novel. This is about a forbidden love between Emma and Julian and although it may seem cliché, its existence and development is interesting because we want to know when or how they will get together. The tension and longing clearly visible to the readers is agonizing to witness. In several cases you would have to fight the urge to strangle or throttle Emma for her appalling decisions. Yeah you can’t exactly physically harm a fictional character but it is the thought that counts.

One might say that the novel starts off at a slow pace but I think it is quite instrumental to the building of tension and suspense and also in the introduction of the Shadowhunter world to those who are new to it. I absolutely recommend this book. I adored it and I hope you do to.

Ciao readers 🙂

“Revenge is a cold bed fellow”.


2 thoughts on “Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)

  1. I was give a Clare book from a friend three years ago, when my daughter was nine. She excels at reading so I figured, “Why not?” and gave it to her. We are now great fans of Cassandra. We dedicated a Pinterest board just for her. I love the worlds she weaves.

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