REVIEW: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (The Dark Artifices #1)

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Title: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Pages: 720
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Publication date: 8th March 2016
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Amazon UK  Waterstones

Synopsis:

It’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?

My review:

When I first started reading Lady Midnight, I was skeptical about Emma and Julian. I will be honest and say that when I first read City of Heavenly Fire I didn’t particularly like Emma. I found her to be annoying and I wasn’t interested in reading from her point of view. I felt like I was being forced to like these new characters because they would have their own series.

I just wanted to say I am so glad I decided to buy the book in the end, it was worth every penny. It was an emotional rollercoaster and I ended up adoring Emma dearly. She is a fierce and strong character. She is loyal to the Blackthorn’s and would do anything to protect them. I cared deeply about what happened to her and watching her feelings for Julian grow and develop, and the pain they went through, it was so hard to read but, at the same time, it was beautifully written. Chapter 22 was such a heartbreaking chapter that truly showed the loving bond Emma and Julian have shared together their whole lives. Cassandra Clare creates such a strong and loving bond between this family and I look forward to reading more about them in the second book.

I found the plot very interesting and once again Cassandra blew me away. I did find it to be slow at times but it was full of such amazing twists that always kept me wanting more and I struggled to put the book down! I was in awe how Cassandra managed to incorporate the poem Annabel Lee into the story and build up a dark past surrounding it. Annabel Lee is one of my favourite poems and it was such a treat to see how the story revolved around the poem, it was just incredible.

The ending of the book was amazing and I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book! It was such a perfect ending and in my opinion, completely unexpected. Cassandra has surprised me yet again which is what I love about her writing. She always keeps you guessing and then drops a massive bombshell right at the end. If you haven’t read Lady Midnight, please do! You will not regret it!

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