Book Review: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare

25529263Title: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pub Date: March 8, 2016
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 698
Source: Purchased
Genre(s): YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
Rating: ★★★★
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

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?

My review:

“No one is ever the villain of their own story.”

This is the first instalment in The Dark Artifices, which is the newest trilogy by Cassandra Clare. You were probably rolling your eyes or squealing with glee when you found out that she was writing yet ANOTHER spinoff series about her beloved Shadowhunters. I’m not complaining though. Despite how underwhelmed I was by The Mortal Instruments series, I still have hope that Clare can write something new that’s just as amazing as The Infernal Devices was.

If you’ve read the other trilogies/series then I suppose you already know everything you need to know. The synopsis also kind of tells you everything, so you know exactly what kind of story you’re getting into. What I wasn’t expecting was all the possible ships going on. I don’t even know where to start with that. So many couples or soon-to-be couples! And that ending! I was pleasantly surprised that there was no “love triangle” garbage going on… up until that last chapter. Now I can’t even imagine how angsty and romance-driven the sequel is going to be. Sigh.

In general, this book was actually pretty damn good. I went into it with low expectations so I’m not sure if that has anything to do with it. I genuinely feel like Cassandra Clare’s writing has improved as well, so that impressed me a little. I also think that having a whole new batch of characters was really refreshing (not to mention the brand new setting of the Los Angeles Shadow World). It was time for something new.

I like all of the characters, particularly the Blackthorns, so I’m willing to overlook the fact that once again everyone in this book seems to be attractive and talented and not-at-all-relatable. But that’s always a given with these types of books.

In any case, I’m looking forward to Lord of Shadows. I need it soon. But mostly I just need this whole “I love you but I can’t be with you” plot device to be over.

*3.75 stars*

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