Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare.
Published in 2016 by Simon and Schuster.
This is my very first review. For this blog, that is.
So, let’s start it on a positive note: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. Because this book was everything I wanted it to be, and more. It didn’t just tell you who the bad guy was. No, there was an entire murder mystery. I mean, if that combined with the Shadow World, forbidden romance and just pure epicness doesn’t pique your interest, I don’t know what will.
The story follows Emma Carstairs at the Los Angeles Institute, and her friends/quasi-family the Blackthorns. We met the characters in the last book of the Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire, the events of which happened five years ago, and the premise of Lady Midnight was introduced in that book.
Lady Midnight was a large, large book. Yet, it never bored me, because every time I thought to myself (yes, I was ashamed as I did this because I am a Cassie Clare fan), ‘Hmm, I think this will get boring in a couple of pages or so,’ I was proved wrong and I took back everything I said. This book dealt with a lot, but never let me forget that after everything, despite being forced to mature faster than other kids their age, Emma and Julian, the two main characters, were teenagers, after all. The Blackthorn siblings were amazing supporting characters. So many times, I almost lost count of how many there were, though.
I loved the special bond that the Blackthorn siblings shared, that despite everything that happened to them, they were a family that in the end, stood for each other.
This book was basically a piñata filled to the brim with feels. It was definitely not deficient of plot twists and game-changers that made me think, ‘Well, then.’ It also has appearances by TMI and TID characters which made me nostalgic and reach for The Infernal Devices so I could relive it all over again. Don’t get me wrong, I would love nothing more than to rave about the things that happened, but then we would be here for quite some time. One thing I love about the Shadowhunter Chronicles books is that no concept or idea is repeated. In every book, a new aspect of the world we had no idea about is intoduced.
The story had so much going on, with Cristina (Emma’s best friend) from the Mexico institute, Mark Blackthorn whom we saw briefly in City of Heavenly Fire, Emma’s quest to avenge her parents, and all the responsibilities resting upon Julian’s shoulders because of the Blackthorns losing their father in the Dark War, that if I dwell upon one topic and attempt to review all events, this would be a damn long review. One thing that I will say, however, is that the revelation of who the killer was, was mind-blowing. I mean, wow.
Also, if I haven’t mentioned this, the Emma-Julian romance was so well done. It was equal parts best-friends-in-love and forbidden-love because they are parabatai. And because of reasons we find out near the end of the book, parabatai can’t fall in love.
If you haven’t yet picked up Lady Midnight or any of Cassandra Clare’s books, I absolutely recommend that you do, because of the obvious reason that is Cassandra Clare’s writing, world-building and characters. Duh. Get with the times.
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PS. On a side observation, I really wouldn’t mind if Kit and Ty become a thing. I really don’t. Cassandra Clare, take notes.
Note: Featured photo by me.