Average Rating on Goodreads: 4.54 of 5 Stars
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Page Count: 688
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.
I honestly don't know where to start with this...It's been a little while since I finished the book so some details are hazy. I will try to keep out spoilers, but be cautious while reading
I really enjoyed this first installment of The Dark Artifices. It was usual Cassie Clare, but with a little more mystery to things. I mean The Mortal Instruments was definitely full of mysteries, but Lady Midnight was different in the way it was brought to attention. With Clary, she was thrown into everything and information was given to the reader very quickly. But with Emma, she stumbled across answers more slowly and it seems like more of a mystery to solve than Clary finding out who and what she is.
The identity of the bad guy, however, was kind of predictable but I like how Clare was able to still add some curve balls I wasn't expecting.
The relationship between Julian and Emma is really hard for me to grasp. Like, I really like them together and I think that they deserve to be happy with each other, but sometimes things seemed so awkward.
I loved Mark's character though...It was so interesting to learn more about his time with the Wild Hunt. I always looked forward to when he was the focus of the chapter. Plus his relationship with Christina was so heartwarming and I was totally shipping them when unexpected interruptions caused them to be no more >.>
And the ending. I really don't think I'm going to like Emma in the next one because even though her relationship with Julian is kind of awkward at times, what she does at the end was a little annoying.
But since I care enough to wonder what happens to the characters in later books, it's a sign that it was a pretty gool book :) If you liked TMI then you will definitely like this spin off!