Book Reviews

Lady Midnight The Dark Artifices book 1 by Cassandra Clare

I’m behind again! Work was really busy and I have had no time at all to review things. Well I have only read three books since my last review and one of those (this one I’m reviewing) I read twice šŸ™‚




In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word. A Parabatai is your partner in battle. A Parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other – but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter. She lives for battle. Alongside her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries – the most powerful of supernatural creatures – teeter on the edge of war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries are found murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy, alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held by the faerie Courts.

All they have to do is solve the murders within two weeks… and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents – and can she bear to know the truth?



After waiting oh so long for this book I was so reluctant to read it too quickly but I did and then I had to re read it again just so I could saviour the moments and relive all the feels that crushed me and pulled me apart all over again.

It was so god-damn good though.

Lady Midnight carries on five years from City of Heavenly Fire. Emma and Julian, who were mentioned as kids in the last The Mortal Instruments books, are now 18 and are Parabatai.

Emma is still reeling from her parents deaths and is determined to find out the truth, not believing that Sebastian, the rogue Shadowhunters and the faeries who joined his cause, killed them.

Emma knows there is something odd about their deaths and when she finds out that there have been a spate of murders that targets faeries and humans alike she knows she has to follow.

When she sees the bodies they are the same as her parents and she vows to find it out.

When a faerie convoy arrives at the LA Institute, Julian knows something must be bad, especially now that faeries are now on their own after the Clave called The Cold Peace. Three faeries arrive; Kieran, Iarlath and one that’s hidden in shadow. They want the Shadowhunters to find out who is doing the murders and to hand over the murderer to them to dole out the punishment.

When the Shadowhunters become a bit reluctant, they reveal the masked faerie, Mark Blackthorn, the older half fey half Shadowhunter that was stolen from them by The Wild Hunt.

With Mark back with them, they agree to the terms, to find and hand over the murderer within two weeks.

With help from the whole Blackthorn clan, Cristina and a few others who join in, Emma and the rest of them slowly uncover the truth about the murderers and it’s a race against time to stop the last murder from happening.

But throughout all the crime solving and demon hunting, Emma and Julian are realising that their feelings for each other are more than what Parabatai should feel but there’s the rule in place; Parabatai’s can never fall in love. But why is it forbidden?

With help from Jem and Tessa, Emma learns the truth and she knows she has to break Julian’s heart and to stop him from loving her. And there is only one person for the job who can do that….

I’m not revealing it all because I try to avoid spoilers but OMFG! The ending and my feels were way too much to handle. I couldn’t cope with the heartbreak and what Emma was going to do and the whole… OMG I CAN’T!

The murderer too… Although I had a slight inkling as to who the murderer was it changed again when I got further into the book. Cassie certainly likes to keep you in suspense!

Emma is brilliant. She’s been classed as the female Jace and is just as sassy and arrogant as he can be! She can fight and is not afraid to run straight into battle. Despite all her front though, she really is just a young girl trying to find out how her parents died and trying to keep her feelings for Julian hidden. She’s a great addition to the Blackthorn family, even if she is a honourary one. I did briefly forget that she was related to Jem, seeing as how different the family resemblance is but he is her only living relative left.

Julian is the new book boyfriend. In The Infernal Devices it was Will Herondale, in The Mortal Instruments, despite the fact that I ship Malec (Magnus and Alec) so bad it was always Jace Herondale for me (yes I did call him Herondale!) In The Dark Artifices it was Julian Blackthorn that stole my heart. Since his mother’s death to cancer and killing his father in City of Heavenly Fire while he was a dark Shadowhunter, Julian has had to raise his four younger siblings himself, acting as both a brother and a father to them. After Mark was taken by The Wild Hunt and Helen being exiled after the war in CoHF, he’s been alone. He tugged at my heart strings a lot in this book and my feels were through the roof when reading about him. He adores his brothers and sisters and adores Emma, more than a Parabatai should. What happens between them and then the scene at the end… OMG.

Livvy, Ty, Dru and Tavvy are Julian’s younger brothers and sisters and I loved how close and tight knit they are. They all help with the details surrounding the murder and in the end it’s Tavvy who helps just as much as the rest of them. Tavvy is the baby and more like a son to Julian than a brother. He’s cute and loveable and suffers terrible nightmares. Dru is 13 and not long into her training. She loves horror things and is self conscious of her body as she is much curvier than girls her own age. She can surely kick ass though. Livvy and Ty are the twins, but are very different. Whereas Livvy likes to fight and be in the thick of it, Ty likes to study and know things. He has his own coping methods, little twitches and tics that help him to cope and Livvy is always there for him. It is touched upon how different he is to the other Shadowhunters, but Julian won’t here of it.

Mark is the older brother who returns after he is used as a bargaining chip with the faeries. When he first comes back home he is confused and doesn’t know who they are but soon comes around. Where as Julian is firm with the siblings, Mark is fun and Julian is a little jealous of that because he can’t be the fun brother with them he wants to be. He has to be the parent. Even though Mark is the older brother he looks younger than Julian having spent all that time with The Wild Hunt. He has his own relationship issues and the end of the book… OH GOD!
Malcolm Fade is the warlock in this book and his clumsy and disarrayed, a far cry from Magnus Bane but he’s great. Sort of. Oh I can’t say any more about him, you’ll have to read it!

Cristina is at the LA Institute for a year and becomes great friends with Emma. If Emma hadn’t already had a Parabatai, I think Cristina and Emma would be Parabatai themselves. She’s cool and has random outbursts in Spanish. I can’t wait to read more about her in the second book!

Perfect Diego comes into the book about half way in but is mentioned by Cristina a few times. He’s pretty okay himself and he’ll be interesting to read more about.

But seriously though, this book was everything. There was mentions of the old Mortal Instruments gang and we did get to see them briefly. Mainly Magnus, Jace and Clary but Alec has a really brief appearance and Simon and Izzy get mentioned. I like that she put them in, just so we know how they are doing but I’m glad she kept them to a minimal too because it wasn’t their story anymore.

There are a lot of OMG moments and none of which I can mention because of spoilers but trust me when I say the book is brilliant and you really need to hold onto your feels throughout it all.

And the ending… THE ENDING!

I need the next book now!!

5 out of 5 stars


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