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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare: Book Review

ClareIt’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?


How we’ve all missed Cassandra Clare’s writing, and I swear, the wait was so worth it. Cassandra yet again nails another Shadowhunter story, this time centering on the LA Institute.

We follow the Blackthorns and Emma Carstairs as they follow clues upon clues, investigating murders turning up around their home, as well as Emma’s parents’. Emma is sure that their deaths weren’t a result of the Dark War- what the Clave has ruled it- but something more sinister. Seeing the Emma we knew as a child from City of Heavenly Fire to here in Lady Midnight is such a fantastic shift, seeing her grow into the bad-ass and determined Shadowhunter she is now was an amazing transition.

With both new and familiar characters, we follow this supernatural mystery to an extremely unexpected end. There’s never a shortage of suspense or plot twists throughout the book. The suspense of the story holds the reader captive, whether it be by forbidden romance or killing demons. The very end of Lady Midnight will leave the reader craving for the sequel, the cliffhanger being a total shocker. Everything in this latest installment to our beloved Shadowhunter world is perfectly balanced in every way, and satiating enough to end our Shadowhunter hunger.

If you haven’t read any of Cassandra Clare’s work, I highly recommend that you do! She’s an amazingly gifted writer. The worlds that she creates are a unique balance of the contemporary and supernatural. I suggest to start with City of Bones of The Mortal Instruments!

This is going to be a very, spoilery review, so if you haven’t read Lady Midnight, go read it and come back!! (Also includes spoilers from A Long Conversation, the short story at thee end of Lady Midnight)

The best way to put how I’m feeling now is in a list, so here goes:

  1. I didn’t see Malcom’s betrayal coming at all, I was so sure it was Diana honestly, with all her disappearances and whatnot.When (Perfect) Diego bought up the way Hodge betrayed The Mortal Instruments gang, I was so sure.
  2.  Speaking of Malcom, his creepy necromancy didn’t work so why is Annabel awake? Interesting, and creepy. Interesting and creepy indeed. I thought we were finished with that story line, but I guess not. (I’m scared).
  3. In the beginning, when we met Mark, I really wanted him to go back to the Hunt. He just seemed so unstable, and they were all doing so well. But as we got to know him and as he began to remember who he was, I felt like a monster wishing him away.
  4. Just a thought: I’m hoping that we get to see the Clave in the next book. The entirety of Lady Midnight were events that happened without the Clave’s knowledge, so we already have a distrust of the Shadowhunter government. I’ve got to say that my interest for the Clave has piqued with this book.
  5. Kit being a Herondale was so unexpected. I never would have guessed that Tessa and Jem were looking for a person. I can’t wait to read about yet another Herondale!
  6. The kids’ dynamic was so amazing, I especially loved Livvy and Ty’s interactions. I hope they do become parabatai, they’re perfect together.
  7. This gem:
    ” Livvy made an exasperated noise, stomped forward, and seized Mark by the back of the shirt. “You don’t want him,” she said to the pink-haired girl. “He has syphilis.”
    The girl goggled. “Syphilis?”
    “Five percent of people in America have it,” said Ty, helpfully.
    “I do not have syphilis,” Mark said in a fury. “There are no sexually transmitted diseases in Faerieland!”
    The mundane girls fell instantly silent. ”
  8. Poor Jules and Emma. I’m sure we were all interested in to some degree about parabatai love, but reading about it is so painful! I have absolutely no theory of what will happen to them, which kinda makes me feel like I’m falling in a light-less abyss. Poor, poor kids.
  9. When Tessa tells Emma how to make someone fall out of love with you, and Emma actually using that advice on Julian- oh, my heart.
  10. At the end, when Mark tells Emma “Why lie?”, I initially thought he meant something along the lines of “Why lie to Julian”, but Cassandra said on her Tumblr that he meant “Why lie about being in a relationship? Lets just do it. Do me.” And okay, Mark. Slow down there Mr. Rebound.
  11. A Long Conversation spoilers: First of all, I’m so happy that Izzy and Simon are engaged now! Secondly, the fact that Magnus and Alec’s child’s name is Max makes me feel all fuzzy inside. Thirdly, Jace proposing to Clary! I’m wondering why Clary was so hesitant about about answering his proposal, but Cassandra told us on her Tumblr that we’ll learn all about that as the characters will be present in the next book, since there’s now a Herondale in the LA Institute.

And that’s that! April 2017 seems like eons away!

5/5 (Obviously)


Last review: Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

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