Title: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
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?
Rating: 5 stars
Review: I have so many feelings about this book – I don’t even know how to put them all into coherent sentences. Let’s try some gifs that pretty much say everything:
There is absolutely NOTHING I hated about this book – it was freaking amazing! I actually liked it so much more than any of the Mortal Instruments books (something which I didn’t think was possible) because of various reasons which I shall try and put down here without spoiling anything important.
First of all – Ty Blackthorn. Ty is the most adorable little critter I’ve ever seen, and he’s autistic!!!! I am in love with the wide representation in this book, especially with high-functioning autistic characters like Ty.
The world was extra intense for Ty, Julian had always said.
Trying to look at the world through Ty’s eyes, Julian had said once, was like looking into a kaleidoscope, shaking it up, and then looking again. You saw all the same glimmering crystals, just in a different formation.
Then you have Mark and Kieran. If you’ve read the Mortal Instruments series, you’ll know that Mark was taken by the Wild Hunt, but in this book you meet Kieran, a faerie prince who is a part of the hunt as well. I was so blindsided by the relationship between these two – they could be the next Malec! Individually though, I loved seeing Mark’s character develop through the book from his very faerie-like behaviour to being more comfortable and more human.
(Credit to the artist – I found this on Tumblr)
Kieran on the other hand is the equivalent of that cinnamon roll meme – ‘looks like they could kill you but is actually a cinnamon roll.’ I really want to see what Cassandra Clare does with Kieran in the next two books.
I’ve seen people online saying how they got the other kids confused throughout the books, but I didn’t – they all became very separate entities, with their very different characters. Tavvy, the baby; Livvy and Ty, the twins, and Dru, the one who likes crime and death. I do hope we get some Helen and Aline in the next books though – I liked Aline, and I’d like to get to know Helen Blackthorn.
As for Julian and Emma, I was enthralled from start to finish by their relationship. It reminded me of Jace and Clary circa ‘City of Ashes’ with the forbidden love and trying to surpress their emotions. If I’m being totally honest, I was very attracted to the hot and sexy (almost erotic) makeout scenes between these two. Give me more Jemma!!!!!
If you miss the characters we already know, you will not be disappointed – Magnus, Alec, Jace, Clary, and even Robert Lightwood all make appearances in the book! Not too much, but still more than just brief cameos; which leads me onto this next point.
Then we come to the cuter than cute short story at the end of the book – ‘A Long Conversation.’ This takes place near the end of ‘Lady Midnight’ but set in New York instead of L.A. Clace and Malec and Sizzy in abundance! It’s like a little gift for all our shipper hearts to enjoy.
Overall, there is basically nothing wrong with this book, and I’m very very VERY tempted to just re-read this again….. but I have other books to read, if I ever get over the sheer awesomeness of this. 5 stars for Lady Midnight!!!
Bonus – here’s some hilarious quotes to get you as jazzed about the book as I am:
The vampire looked aggrieved. “You know how hard it is to get a job when your ID says you’re a hundred and fifty years old, and you can only go out at night?”
“I will not feed him to a tree, as is done in the Unseelie court with unruly children,” Mark promised.
“That’s a relief,” Julian said dryly.
“I don’t want to die on the Pacific Coast Highway!” Sterling wailed.
“Oh, I’m sorry.” Emma’s voice dripped acid. “Is there a different highway you’d like to die on? BECAUSE WE CAN ARRANGE THAT.”