The Dark Artifices book #1
by Cassandra Clare
Hardcover: 720 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; 1 edition (March 8, 2016)
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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.I honestly didn't know if I'd read this new Shadowhunters book. After being so disappointed with The Mortal Instruments last three books, I was afraid I was just burnt out on this world. But as soon as it showed up on my doorstep, I dove in. I should've known I couldn't resist.
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?
I cannot tell you how glad I am that I got over my thoughts of moving past this world. This book was AWESOME. So familiar, yet so very different. I rarely read books that are this long, but I was so completely engrossed in this story that it could've been twice as long and I never would've been bored.
The emotions that Cassie Clare is able to infuse her stories with are just magical. This is easily one of my favorite books ever. It was like having the first three Mortal Instruments books and The Infernal Devices books blended together into one.
For those that are worried that this will just be a repeat of her other books, I don't feel it is at all. I'm sure there will be some who disagree, but I felt like the dynamics of this story and these characters were completely new and absolutely captivating. Julian Blackthorn is not another Jace Herondale. Not even a little.
I won't say too much because I don't want to spoil anything, but I just want to give a huge shout-out to the girl power in this book. Emma definitely takes center stage and she is incredible! In every way. All the girls are seriously fantastic. They're strong, smart, loyal, and totally fierce. And I can't write this review without mentioning the amazing family dynamics of the Blackthorns. I adored all of them, and reading their interactions with each other. Julian has had to go through so much to keep his family together and cared for, and Cassie made me fall in love with each of them.
I had every possible emotion as I read through Lady Midnight. It isn't often that I literally laugh out loud, and there were times that I was cracking up. But this story was also heartbreaking, gruesome, and so full of every kind of tension. We all know that Cassandra Clare likes to rip our hearts out with the forbidden romances, and this is definitely no exception. I think the next book in this series is going to be FULL OF PAIN. But I will endure this torture because it is so worth it (If only I had an endurance rune).
One of the things I really appreciated about Lady Midnight is that even though this is a series, and there is a larger story that hasn't been fully explored, this book had its own story arc and it was resolved, so I didn't feel like I was hanging off that cliff by my fingernails. It makes the wait a little more bearable.
If you're still on the fence about whether you want to continue this world, I highly recommend giving it a shot. Do you remember the way you felt when you read City of Bones, or Clockwork Angel? Don't you want that feeling again? Well, here it is, just waiting for you!
Sexual Content: Moderate/Heavy