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Book Review: Lady Midnight By Cassandra Clare, The Dark Artifices #1

★★★★★



I have had TDA sitting on my bookshelf for several months, and I finally got around to reading it! I love the Shadowhunters world, and have so far read TMI, TID and Chain of Gold, all of which I loved. Before I read this, Chain of Gold was my favourite CC book, but I think Lady Midnight just stole that top spot and my heart with it.


The Blackthorn children and Emma Carstairs were first introduced in City of Heavenly Fire (I'm fairly sure it was that book but correct me if I'm wrong!) and I was immediately intrigued by them and what would become of them after the brutal murder of their parents. When I found out CC had written a trilogy about them I was very excited to read it, and book 1 definitely did not disappoint.


I really love the family dynamic between each of the Blackthorn children. Julian just makes my heart ache - he not only lost his father but then had to take on the responsibility of four children, including a baby, at the age of twelve in order to keep hs family together. Through all of that he had Emma there to support him, but had to fight his growing feelings for her, knowing it was against the law for him to feel that way. I remember Emma feeling conflicted about becoming parabati with Julian in COHF, but she doesn't truly realise why that is until the events of Lady Midnight, whereas Julian had been having to push down his feelings for years.


Emma is my new favourite Shadowhunters character (previously I was torn between Cordelia Carstairs and Isabelle Lightwood). The Blackthorns may not be her blood but they are her family and there is nothing she won't do to protect them, which I find an admirable trait. I love a strong and fierce female lead, especially one who makes unselfish choices to protect those she loves.


Diana has piqued my interest and I'm hoping more of her story is revealed in book 2. I love how CC incorporates other beloved Shadowhunters characters into the story without taking the spotlight off of Emma and the Blackthorns.


Needless to say, I will be starting Lord of Shadows immediately!

Read the summary below:


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?

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