Lady Midight is the first book in the Dark Artifices trilogy by Cassandra Clare. It’s part of the Shadowhunter Chronicles and takes place five years after the events of City of Heavenly Fire. It features some of the characters we already met in the last Mortal Instruments book, plus some new characters! I was so excited to dive back into the Shadow World! Although I have to admit, I don’t think I ever really left. Anyway, here’s what I think about this new Shadowhunter book!
“Shadow Market nights were Kit’s favorite. They were the nights he was allowed to leave the house and help his father at the booth. He’d been coming to the Shadow Market since he was seven years old. Eight years later he still felt the same sense of shock and wonder when he walked down Kendall Alley through Old Town Pasadena toward a blank brick wall – and stepped through it into an explosive world of color and light.”
Emma Carstairs is one of the best Shadowhunters of her generation. Alongside her Parabatai Jullian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles. When dead bodies turn up, murdered in the same way as her parents were, an uneasy alliance forms. For Emma, this means she gets to avenge her parents. For Julian, this means he gets his brother back. All they have to do is solve the murders in two weeks…
Lady Midnight is fantastic. It’s by far the best Shadowhunter Chronicles book yet. I was quite intimidated by the massive size of this book, but I actually finished it in no time! Cassandra’s writing has definitely improved from the Mortal Instruments and the Infernal Devices, which made this book both easier to read, and absolutely incredible. I flew through the pages and finished it much more quickly than I expected! It’s much darker than the previous Shadowhunter books, which came as quite a shock, but it definitely made the book a whole lot better.
I love the Blackthorn family and Emma. I remember thinking I’d LOVE to be a part of the Blackthorn family. Emma is a great character, I loved how the main characters is a Shadowhunter! I mean, Tessa wasn’t one, and Clary still had to learn how to be one. Although I sometimes disagree with how she thinks and acts, I loved her. And Jullian. Oh my god, Julian. He was written so well. My heart literally shattered into a bazillion pieces every time I read about him or from his perspective. The Parabatai bond between Emma and Julian annoyed me a bit, though. Probably because of Will and Jem’s bond in the Infernal Devices. The love aspect to it was super interesting, though! And very heartbreaking in the end, but let’s not talk about that.
I loved all the other characters as well! Even Christina and Diego, even though I was like “ugh” at the beginning. Don’t ask me why. I don’t even know! I was really confused about Ty and Tavvy, though. Their names are so similar… Thankfully, I figured it out before the end of the book!
I absolutely loved how the entire Shadowhunter Chronicles characters came together in this book. Not literally, but any mention of TMI or TID just made me so, so happy! I was completely fangirling all the time. It was kinda crazy. But that’s a part of what made it so good! It was super confusing that all the TMI characters were all five years older, though, haha!
The writing and storyline were amazing. Somehow I flew through the pages of this massive book. Cassandra has the ability to write beautifully, yet understandable. It really showed in Lady Midnight. The plot was really surprising, especially the end. I love how it took place in Los Angeles because it gave this Shadowhunter book such a different vibe from TMI or TID!
My review of Lady Midnight including spoilers and my favourite part of the book can be found on Goodreads.
Lady Midnight is by far the best book in the Shadowhunter Chronicles. It was amazing to read from these different character’s perspectives, while also coming back to a familiar world!
About Lady Midnight
Lady Midnight is the first book in the new Dark Artifices trilogy by Cassandra Clare. The trilogy is part of the Shadowhunter Chronicles and takes place five years after the events of City of Heavenly Fire. The first edition of the hardcover is a special one, as it has a stamp with Cassandra’s autograph and a special story about Mortal Instruments characters: ‘A Long Conversation’.