Lady Midnight | Cassandra Clare

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.

“No one is ever the villain of their own story.”


Lady Midnight
Series: The Dark Artifices #1
Author: Cassandra Clare
Format: Signed Hardcover
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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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As Jace Herondale likes to contentiously say, “All the Legends Are True.” (Seriously.. I lost count of how many times he’s said it in this series so far) Lady Midnight has its own legend. It goes that this is one of Cassandra’s best books so far, that it surpassed everyone’s expectations, that The Infernal Devices & Mortal Instruments don’t come close to Lady Midnight. Well, I’m here to tell you that this particular legend isn’t true. Sorry Jace. 

It’s seems to be this ongoing theme for me with novels this year, they all just fall short from getting that five star review. And it brings me GREAT PAIN to see one of my favorite author’s work getting a 3.5 review from me! (bumped to 4 for goodreads)

Ugh… I’ve been procrastinating in writing this review… but.. I need to get this out of my chest.

    1.  Emma + Julian are a reverse Clary + Jace.  In the Mortal Instruments: Clary is the artsy, responsible one. Jace is the strong, careless, “I wanna be the very best!” one. Both are soulmates. Forbidden Love Trope.  Now let’s look at Lady Midnight’s protagonists. Julian is the artsy and responsible one. Emma is the strong, careless, “I wanna be the very best!” one. And guess what! They’re both soulmates! Which trope? Forbidden love! Here is a table to further emphasis my point!
      Protagonist Artistic Best Combat Forbidden Love





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    2. Protagonists Have Similar Backgrounds to Previous Protagonists I’m really not done with this issue yet. The previous point just took a lot of lines.
      Protagonist Raised By Single Parent Lost Both Parents Had To Kill Parent




      I’m not gonna give it another point, but even the hair colors were swapped! Jace+Clary are blonde+redheaded respectively. So guess what happened? Julian+Emma are red/brown + blonde as well. Cassie what are you doing?? Image result for jace and clary illustrationImage result for emma and julian fanart

    3.  Too Many Characters Seriously, there were too many people to keep track of. First of, you have Julian and Emma. Then Emma’s BFF Christina, who has two people you need to know, Diego and Jaime. Julian has SIX siblings; Livvy and Ty (the twins), Dru and Tavvy (the youngest) and Mark & Helen (half siblings). WHERE Mark has Kieren (fairie prince) & Helen has Aline (wife). You also have Diana their teacher, and Malcom the high warlock of Los Angeles. Related image
    4. Wait.. You Thought I Was Done? *Deeep Inhale… the OG Characters are also back! Yup, from the previous two series I mentioned. Jem + Tessa from The Infernal Devices. Jace + Clary, Alec + Magnus AND their kids, and Simon + Isabelle, the whole gang from the previous 7+ books. AND a new mysterious character named Kit, who is the first person we meet in the entire series. This is just too much, imagine if you were starting off with this book and no previous knowledge from any other shadowhunter book. I’d have been too confused the whole time and just dropped it. Cassandra ended up alienating any new comers completely. 

Honestly, I’m just really upset and disappointed by all of this. It’s like Cassandra had her team summarize the positive qualities that made her previous two series a success. So she can jam pack all of it into one.

“He can touch your soul. And there is a difference between having your heart break and having your soul shatter.” 

Regarding the plot, it was subpar at best. I really don’t know what to say to all of you. There was nothing that happened here that was worth mentioning. Even Mark’s plot that was being heavily hinted at in the previous books, and the Shadowhunter Academy series was immediately removed out of the way. Really, why did she hype up Mark’s plot line if she was gonna solve it in the first few chapters like that.

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Uggggghhhh… this review ended up being a total crap fest on my favorite author. I’m soo sad! This should seriously prove to you guys that when I review a book, I give an honest and straight review. Even if it ends up breaking my heart… :”(

Anyway, it is worth mentioning that throughout this whole mess of a novel. We did have some notable highlights that are worth mentioning.

  1. Christina, awesome secondary character who I have a feeling will become one of the main protagonists in the future.
  2. Kieren, a surprise favorite really.
  3. Gwyn, only showed up for like 1% of the book and is already amazing.
  4. Julian. Is interesting. He doesn’t seem to be the clean hero type. I can see him doing alot of bad things in the future in the name of protecting his family. Who knows?

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And that’s all folks! Honestly, I should stop here before I rant even more.

Until Next Time!



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What did you think of this book, have you read anything similar to it? Or do you have any recommendations for me to try? Lets chat, don’t worry, I don’t bite. ^^

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