Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Published by: Simon and Schuster
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Summary: 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?
Cassandra Clare is one of my all time favourite authors so I went into this book knowing I was going to love it, and love it I did.
One of my favourite things about this book is that it had a very different feel from City of Bones and Clockwork Angel. I think that was partly to do with the different setting, but mostly because the Emma Carstairs grew up in the shadowhunter world. Clary and Tessa started off not knowing anything about it, so we got to watch them discover the world of shadowhunters and demons. With Emma, however, she already had that knowledge, so we got to see the world in a different way. We also got to discover new things about the world, which was amazing.
I loved all the new characters that were introduced in this book. Emma was so sassy and amazing. She did sometimes do things that annoyed me, such as occasionally rushing into danger without thinking it through or asking for help, and her need for revenge was so unrelatable to me, but otherwise I absolutely loved her. Julian was so loyal and protective towards his family and I really admired that about him, but sometimes he scared me a little bit with how much he was willing to do to keep his family safe. I really loved Emma and Julian’s relationship and the way they understood each other. I think my favourite relationship in the book though was the one between Ty and Livvy. The was they worked together and supported each other was amazing.
I loved the Blackthorn family dynamic so much, because they all got along and were nice to each other. In a lot of other books the main character has a really horrible family and I just cant relate to that because my family is really good, so I really like seeing that kind of family in books.
Characters from The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices also made appearances in Lady Midnight, which made me really happy, because we got to see where they are five years later.
If you liked The Mortal Instruments and the Infernal Devices, I definitely recommend you pick up Lady Midnight.