Book Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)Goodreads Synopsis

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.


There might be spoilers for Lady Midnight for those who haven’t read it yet. You’ve been warned.

I got this book the day it came out and I started it not too long after and it took me quite a while to finish it. I wasn’t worried because while I find Cassandra Clare’s work addictive, I always seem to take years to finish one book. I also had to put the book aside for a while because of studies but once I picked it up again, I couldn’t put it down again nor did I want to.

Lord of Shadows picks off roughly where Lady Midnight ended so we don’t miss anything. Major things happened in the first book and we were sent in blind, not knowing what awaited us around the corner. It’s like a jar tipped over and all its contents fell out and it made a mess of everything. That was Lady Midnight. Lord of Shadows focuses on putting everything back in but taking stock of each item as it’s returned. That doesn’t mean that it’s over though. It seems that we’ve barely scratched the surface and by the end of this book I was searching to see when The Queen of Air and Darkness is coming out. Thank goodness it’s been moved forward to 2018, so no more two year wait.

Once again I’m glad that Cassandra Clare doesn’t focus on the love aspect of the series too much because that does become distracting at times. Of course this all revolves around Emma and Julian’s feelings for each other since their love is forbidden and I am curious about why that’s the case. But, even though that is what the motivation is for some of these situations, there’s a bigger picture here that’s being painted and I’m eager to see what exactly that is.

“I want you to know what it’s like. To be tortured all the time, night and day, desperately wanting what you know you should never want, what doesn’t even want you back.”

Christopher ‘Kit’ Herondale has been added to the mix and we’re seeing the Blackthorn family from an ‘outsider’s’ POV. All this we’ve seen them through Julian and Emma’s view and there are so much that can be learnt. Kit blended in so easily with the crew, it’s as if he’s always been there. His constant battle of whether he wants to be a shadowhunter or not was…refreshing. With the characters in The Shadowhunter Chronicles, you either are or you aren’t. He could choose if this was the life he wanted and I think that’s a big deal because not everyone loves what they’re born into. *Note: we’re not looking at Simon here. He’s a special case.

There was so much action that went on in this book. I don’t remember where we had a moment of peace to just regroup before the next hunt was underway. I loved it though. As I mentioned before, I couldn’t put this book down. I was constantly at the edge of my seat anxious about what was about to happen next. From book one, there has definitely been some major character development and that’s always a good thing.

New enemies have been made and maybe they’ve been waiting in the shadows for a long time. Old enemies have come to the light and in short…a war is coming. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows were buildups to the climax that hasn’t happened yet. More is coming but my heart’s already been ripped out, sides have been chosen, I’ve cried and ached with these characters. I do know that even though I’m impatiently waiting for the next book, I am not ready.

“Break my heart. Break it in pieces. I give you permission.”

This quote can’t be more true. Cassandra Clare, there you have it. Do with my heart what you will because I’m here for all of this.

All the characters in this book are a team whether they’re aware of that fact or not. The good guys are at least. Bad guys are just the enemy. Cassie Clare has once again joined them and we know that it starts with a small few. I have to admit that each series within the Shadowhunter Chronicles have become a bit repetitive but they have their differences even if history does seem to be repeating itself over and over again.

I’ll be honest, I cried while reading this book. Of course it’s no secret that there are themes, some major, of LGBTQ in the Shadowhunter Chronicles and I’m all about any kind of positive representation. I felt so happy that the community is a part of this and I had to take a moment to compose myself.

Let’s talk about that ending though. Like, how dare you Cassandra Clare rip my heart out like that? It’s already been broken and stomped on. I did not need that extra punch to the gut. I want to know what that was all supposed to achieve. Oh well, I guess we’ll find out in the next book.

I did rate this book 5 stars yes, but I won’t gloss over the fact that there were a few things I disliked in and about the book. The constant POV changes…it made the book read like a movie and it got confusing at times. Just as the scene got really interesting, we’d jump over to someone else. So many POV’s. I understand that Clare wanted us to be in the loop about what was going on everywhere but at times it seemed like a bit too much.

I don’t want to end off this review on a bad note though. I definitely enjoyed LoS a lot more than I did Lady Midnight. I felt that there was a lot more action and plot to this book and I loved the constant need to know more. My curiosity was piqued and sated. Once again, Clare wrote an amazing book and I was hooked from page 1. I’ll go find a corner to sit in till the release day of The Queen of Air and Darkness.

 

Read: 12 September 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Publication Date: 23 May 2017
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Cassandra Clare

  • My review for Lady Midnight here.
  • My reviews for other books in the Shadowhunter Chronicles here.

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Book Review: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)Goodreads Synopsis

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of the New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.


I’ve noted in my other reviews that I with this reread of the series, I’d be reviewing the books as I go along.

This was only the second time that I read City of Glass and I can say right off the bat that I enjoyed it immensely, maybe even more than when I read it for the first time. So many things happened in this book and I can’t believe how much I had forgotten.

We start off almost right where City of Ashes left off and I like that the books aren’t paced too far apart because that gives us the sense of not having missed out on anything. I feel that this book tipped the scales for the series because it was an end but also the beginning of so much more. Because of all the events that happens, we’re basically looking at a climax but not the climax that means the end is night. I know that hardly makes sense but bare with me for a moment here.

Clary, whom we know is the main character (kind of) is not as annoying as she used to be. She is maturing but not as fast as I’d like. I don’t notice much of her annoying ways anymore mainly because there are so many other things going on that I only pay attention to her when it’s her POV.

I still think that Jace needs a hug to be honest. The thing about Jace in this book is that he’s reached his  boiling point. All this time he’s been confused on which pathway to go down and now one has been highlighted for him, and all he has to do is decide whether to follow it or not.

It’s in this book where we’re given the opportunity to see exactly what these ‘children’ are capable of. No one listens to them because what do they know? But it’s for that reason that they’re able to accomplish so much, because they have so much more that they need to prove.

This book is where we’re met with an enemy worse than Valentine and it breaks my heart to know that there’s no redemption for that part of this person and the worst thing is…it isn’t his fault. He didn’t ask for it but the rest of the world has to suffer the consequences.

There is so much character development that takes place! Malec for starters because that’s a big deal. Izzy is starting to act like the Isabelle Lightwood I know her to be and Simon isn’t acting butt hurt over not getting the supposed love of his life. Even Maryse Lightwood as removed the stick from her rear.

City of Glass has so far been the most emotional book in the series for me because as I said, so many things happen that it’s hard to grasp it all. I felt anger, betrayal, heartbreak but it’s the undivided strength and power of family that makes me feel so incredibly happy. They may not all be of the same blood biologically but they all share the same ideas and stand together. Here we see people agreeing to stand together against a common enemy and there’s something so satisfying about that.

We know this isn’t the end, far from it actually, but the gears are turning. This was only the tip of the iceberg and an avalanche is coming.

This read has only made me even more excited to continue the series and I anxiously look forward to that day.

Read: 21 August 2017 (reread)
Rating: ★★★★★

Publication Date: 24 March 2009
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Cassandra Clare

  • My review for City of Ashes here
  • My reviews for other books in the Shadowhunter Chronicles here

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Book Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)Goodreads Synopsis

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.


There may be spoilers for City of Bones ahead. You have been warned.

City of Ashes picks up almost immediately where City of Bones ended.  Clary has almost gotten used to the fact that she is a Shadowhunter, that’s she’s been thrust into the world of the supernatural and whether she likes it or not, the fight isn’t over yet. In fact, it’s barely begun. Valentine is still running around causing havock and now added to the mix, Downworlder children are being killed.

I read this book a few years ago and I think this was possibly my favourite in the series for a long time because back then I was a big supporter of Climon. Things are different now of course and I can’t even remember why I liked the two of them together so much.

In City of Ashes, Jocelyn, Clary’s mom, is still unconscious and no one knows how to wake her up. Clary is still trying to fight her feelings for Jace, whom as we know, was revealed to be her brother. Jace is being the arrogant a-hole, so that hasn’t changed. Sometimes I can’t help but wonder if Clary finding out the truth started a chain reaction.

I can only really talk about my feelings for this book because I feel like there’s too much that can be easily spoiled.

The first thing that I noticed was Isabelle’s character. I know her to be this BAMF, take no-nonsense woman, and in this book she is that but I forget that she’s roughly Clary’s age here. There’s so much about her that still screams ‘child’ and then I’m reminded that most of the characters in these books are still children. Looking back at this book and knowing how Isabelle ends up in the end…that’s beautiful character development. All the applause for that!

I’ve already mentioned in my City of Bones review that I could ignore Clary’s annoying characteristics because I was more focused on what else was going on. In this book, I didn’t find her that annoying. She asked a lot of questions yes, but that’s good because I feel that was a great way for us as readers to learn more about this world without there being endless paragraphs of unnecessary descriptions. She’s starting to grow as a character and I’m actually very excited to see that, since I’ll be paying more attention to that now.

In this book, we see a bit more of the Clave and what they stand for. Everything hasn’t been explained yet but there’s a bit of an outline. I don’t think we can take Valentine’s word on anything really but he doesn’t always lie.

Another thing I noticed: every time someone talks about how Jace is exactly like his father, it’s always about his character and personality and not about his looks, which I think is great foreshadowing for what’s about to happen.

One thing I do like about Clary though, she wasn’t raised a Shadowhunter, so she doesn’t think like one. Sometimes her ideas and questions are so innocent you can’t help but go: oh honey. But then you see what her questions and ideas are doing and you can’t help but smile. She helped Alec, she’s helping Jace. She knocked some sense into Luke. Sometimes the means she goes about achieving this are sketchy but I think she’s one of the best things to happen to this book world. That might be overstepping it a bit but changes started happening once Clary came along, and I’m not ashamed of my opinion.

Have I spoken about how much I hate Valentine yet? I probably have but I hate that guy. Valentine’s issue is that he really believes in what he’s doing and that’s the problem. He believes that the world he desires is the world that was supposed to be there from the beginning and he’ll break heaven and hell to achieve this. There’s something he said in this book: “But isn’t that what love is, Clarissa? Ownership? ‘I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine,’ as the Song of Songs goes.”

He’s so far removed from humanity and its emotions, sometimes I wonder if he’s even human. His ideals are not ‘normal’ and he seeks destruction claiming that it’s enlightenment. I don’t think I’ll ever really understand him and his is not a head I want to get into.

I don’t remember too much from my first time reading this book but I do know that I loved this second read so much more. New characters were introduced, knowledge was expanded and even though it’s still small, the story’s starting to evolve.

I like the action that Cassie Clare puts in each book. It’s like: if that wasn’t the final battle, what will the actual battle look like? She spares no detail and every climax is as big as the previous, if not bigger.

I don’t mind taking so long to finish these books because it gives me time to reflect and process everything. I’d even go as far as to say that it felt like I was reading this book for the first time and I’m so happy about that.

I know that there’s a lot that awaits us in City of Glass and my bags for this feels trip are already packed.

Read: 25 May 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Publication Date: 7 July 2008
Publisher: Walker Childrens Paperbacks
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Cassandra Clare

  • My review for City of Bones here.
  • My reviews for other books in the Shadowhunter Chronicles here.

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RST: It’s Lord of Shadows Release Day!

Okay, so this RST is going to be slightly different from the others but not really. Who even cares, LORD OF SHADOWS COMES OUT TODAY!

Cassie Clare is my favourite author, this is no secret, and she could write a grocery list and I’d treat it like gold! I fell in love with TMI and TID from the moment I picked them up and my love for Cassie Clare as an author and a person has grown so much more over the years. She has written characters who have become a few of my favourite: Simon, Magnus, Alec and Isabelle and I cherish those moments I read about them.

When Lady Midnight came out last year I was there freaking out along with the rest of the fandom and it was a battle staying away from anything that could possibly be a spoiler to the book. Alas, I couldn’t read the book immediately because of my book buying ban and had to wait till the Shadowhunter Academy bind-up was released.

Fast forward a few months and I ended up buying both Lady Midnight and Shadowhunter Academy as Christmas gifts to myself. I waited until the new year to start them because of 2016 goals and whatnot.

Guys! I don’t even need to tell you because you already know, but the wait…omg the wait was frigging torture! Lady Midnight was so amazing and then I had to sit still and ‘patiently’ wait till LoS came out. Trust that I stayed away from those snippets Cassie Clare has been posting these last few weeks. I haven’t even read the first couple of chapters that she released a few days ago. I want to go into this book totally blind…except from what I know from Lady Midnight. I haven’t even read the synopsis.

A few weeks ago I got so pissed at the bookstore (not the people, at the actual bookstore) because ACOWAR wasn’t stocked the day it came out. As a joke, I decided to hop onto the bookstore’s website and lo and behold! There was LoS waiting to be added to my cart. I didn’t though because heaven knows how long delivery will take so I’m going to beg my dad to drive the half hour it will take to get me my precious.

I can’t even begin to express how excited I am. I’m literally putting all other books on hold (ahem, ACOWAR as well) so that I can start LoS the second I get it. I was in tears when I saw that it was after midnight and realised that today is the 23rd of May.

Speaking of, I was wondering what else happens today and in all my excitement for LoS, I totally forgot that today is my brother’s birthday. So uh, happy birthday, bro…but Lord of Shadows!

I’m trying to calm myself down because sleep must still happen but I honestly can’t. My eyes hurt so bad because I’ve been up all day but THE EXCITEMENT IS TOO REAL!

I’m going to leave now before this gets even crazier. The wait has been to d*mn long and I’ve only been waiting 5 months. I can’t.

Thanks for stopping by,
Caron xx

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Book Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

Goodreads Synopsis

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.


This was my second time reading City of Bones and I decided to do reviews with each reread in the series.

Clary Fray’s world is turned completely upside down when a regular night at the Pandemonium club turns into her witnessing a murder done by kids that look about her age, only for the body to have disappeared when she seeks help. My first thought: wow, this chick probably needs some serious professional help after this. But, that is not the case here. From then on, as if being awoken, suddenly everything Clary thought she knew about the world was now revealed to be lies, glamours, half-truths. You name it.

She’s thrown into this world of demons, warlocks, vampires, faeries and werewolves. Where being mundane is seen as a joke. This is now the new normal for her.

When I first read this book I found Clary to be very annoying as she’s quite determined, but not in the good way. When she wants something she expects it to be done now, no questions asked. I felt that at times she didn’t care what it cost others to do her bidding, as long as it got done. Alec, my dear sweet baby, saw this from the beginning (even though we know what was really going on with him). It was almost easy for me to ignore Clary this time because I was so focused on everything else. The world building, the minor characters that I’d forgotten about, awesome one liners.

I never felt a pull towards Jace, and that hasn’t changed. Even though I know where the story goes for him, now that I was looking for it, it’s almost so obvious I don’t know how I missed it the first time. He’s holding in so much pain that you can’t help but want to weep for him. He is so troubled but he puts others first, even if it doesn’t seem that way. Sure he’s cocky and arrogant, and I want to say that those are part of a facade, but they’re not. He is all those things but he still has a heart of gold. Once you read The Infernal Devices side by side with The Mortal Instruments, it’s amazing how many similarities you can find between family members.

“-The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he’d learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.”

I have four favourite characters in this series: Simon Lewis, Magnus Bane, Alexander Lightwood and Isabelle Lightwood. If these four were to form part of a superhero team, then I feel sorry for anyone who crosses their path. Mundanes are not weak. Well, not all of them. Simon is one great example of how they can step up when the situation calls for it.

The amount of love I feel for this series is so plentiful that I want to experience it over and over again. I noticed so many different things about the characters and places that I didn’t the first time around. Jace, superior and coldhearted as he acts, is actually a child inside. A kid who wants nothing more than a family. My heart breaks for him. Clary, the thing that annoys me about her is also the very thing that I like about her. She won’t take no for an answer. If the Clave wants to sit around and not to anything, you can bet Clary will be out there kicking butt. As for Magnus…one thing is for sure, never judge a book by it’s cover. Dude has a license to kill. What I know about the other characters will be ‘spoilers’ for the rest of the series. I can’t wait to see them grow because one thing that’s certain in this series is the character development. And Cassie Clare definitely delivered that on a silver platter.

Now that I think about it…this book is tiny compared to what the rest of the Shadowhunter Chronicles has to offer. If you think this was one hell of a ride, you’re in for so much more.

Reread: 11 April 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Publication Date: 7 July 2007 (First published 27 March 2007)
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Cassandra Clare

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Book Review: An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld by Cassandra Clare and Cassandra Jean

31298846Goodreads Synopsis

A very special anthology that’s a must for all fans of the Shadowhunter novels!

Featuring characters from Cassandra Clare’s international best-selling novels from the Shadowhunters world including The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices and The Dark Artifices, this anthology showcases beautifully illustrated portraits from Cassandra Jean – creator of The Shadowhunter Tarot – alongside never-before-known details from Cassandra Clare about all your favourite characters.


An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld is a book that puts together short snippets of the characters of the Shadowhunter Chronicles i.e. The Infernal Devices, The Last Hours, The Mortal Instruments, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy and The Dark Artifices. It includes drawings of the characters (by Cassandra Jean) as they were described in the books. I for one am very happy with how they turned out because many of them were how I imagined but now I get to put faces to the names.

I loved everything about this book. I specifically wanted the black cover because I think it looks so refined and classy. My sister told me this book would make a great coffee table book and I glared at her so hard. I feel like this book should be on permanent display in my bookshelves, it’s so pretty. I’m glad I finally managed to get my hands on this and to think that I initially didn’t want it because I thought it’d be pointless. Well that was a mistake on my part because I’m so in love with it. I read it the same day I got it and I thought I’d just browse through but I ended up actually sitting down and taking note of everything. I still have a smile on my face. And little Max! ‘He wants to be a pirate.’ He’s the most adorable little boy ever!

Along with the drawings and snippets, each character is given a flower or plant with a meaning that relates to them. I found this to be ingenious and I appreciate the amount of effort that was put into achieving this beautiful book.

 

Above are examples of what’s inside. I can’t wait to pick up this book again. I felt so happy while reading it and I actually laughed out loud a few times. For now it’ll rest next to my other Shadowhunter books. Till next time, my love.

Read: 18 March 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Publication Date: 18 February 2016
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children’s UK
Writer: Cassandra Clare
Illustrator: Cassandra Jean

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Book Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)

Goodreads Synopsis

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, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up 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 prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian 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?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.


Okay! So let’s talk about Lady Midnight for a second here. This book is the first in the Dark Artifices trilogy but also a continuation of the Shadowhunter Chronicles. This story takes place 5 years after The Dark War which was one of the main events that took place in City of Heavenly Fire. The trilogy focuses more on the Blackthorn family who reside in Los Angeles and centers around their lives interwoven with the faeries and talks a lot about parabatai and gives us a bit of an introduction into the explanation of why it is forbidden for parabatai to fall in love. Not that the why is actually fully explained (like what happens really? Are there exceptions to the rule?) but there are two more books to go so we’ll see.

I was waiting for this book since it’s announcement because who wouldn’t want a continuation of their favorite series? Maybe I shouldn’t have read this book immediately after Shadowhunter Academy because if I’m being honest this kind of brought my spirits about the whole thing down a bit. This book wasn’t bad but it also wasn’t the best book I’ve read by Cassandra Clare.

Lady Midnight started off great and it really held my attention and kept my excitement levels flying high but somewhere along the way it started dragging a bit. These characters in this book were already introduced back in TMI so I feel the approach was a bit lazy in the sense that it was as if these were established characters that have been through the whole of The Shadowhunter Chronicles and not people that were just introduced a book (or three) previous.

I really liked Emma Carstairs character. She was sharp, witty, a bit skeptical (which I like in most characters) and a total BAMF. She was relatable in a way that was both Shadowhunter-y and completely  mundane. Basically she was human and I didn’t really appreciate humans getting so much flack from the faeries…as if they’re incapable of having feelings.

My dear Julian Blackthorn, my heart aches and breaks for you. His was a character that I just wanted to hold onto tight and never let go. I admire him a great deal because he had to take on so much responsibility at such a young age. He didn’t get the chance to be a child because he had to be a parent and I think the toll it took on him really shows throughout this book.

Enter Mark and the faeries. I do like what they brought to the table. We’ve seen the side of warlocks, vampires and werewolves and now it’s the faeries turn. Can they be good? Are many of them misunderstood and too easily judged? I am hoping that we see a lot more of them in this trilogy. I kind of got attached to Kieran.

The forbidden love is a bit of a common trope in these Shadowhunter Chronicles books so I wasn’t too surprised when this book was supposed to focus on parabatai falling in love. I say ‘supposed to’ because thank the gods, that wasn’t entirely what this book was about. We had other fish to fry. (Also, I ship Kit and Ty ❤︎)

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

My reason for the lower rating is because as I said, it wasn’t bad but it also wasn’t the best. It was a strong start and opening to a new trilogy and I do think it has quite a lot of promise. I have to be honest here and say that while I was reading this book I felt like I didn’t want more books written about these seemingly minor characters (i.e. Characters that don’t seem to be important but then whole books are written to give them importance- the Blackthorns weren’t the main dish in TID and TMI) I get that this is all about expansion and keeping us, the fans, happy but I’ve gotten so attached to these current characters that I don’t really want more.

I do like where this seems to be going and I look forward to Lord of Shadows. Apparently it’s going to feature a lot more of Kit and Ty which is great methinks. The bit of plot twist near the end is what raised my excitement levels once again. YOU CAN’T JUST LEAVE US THERE CASSIE CLARE!

All in all, my hopes for the continuation are high so we’ll see where the road takes us.

Read: 20 January 2017
Rating: ★★★.5

Publication Date: 8 March 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Cassandra Clare

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