Monday, 4 April 2016

Book Review ~ Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

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?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

I never realised how much I missed the Shadowhunter world until I started this book.
I’ve heard a lot of controversial about Cassandra Clare, instead of branching out and writing about different things, she only writes about the world she has already created.
My theory is, if you are good at something, why change. I love this world, and when The Mortal Instruments finished I didn’t want it to. I wanted to never leave this world. So I was happy she is going to continue.

I have to agree, I did see strong resemblances to The Mortal Instruments, except it was kind of role reversal. Emma was Jace, strong Shadowhunter, blonde hair, and guarded with emotions. Whereas Julian was Clary, artist, too much responsibility on their shoulders. Even the forbidden love story was slightly similar.

Maybe it’s because Cassandra Clare is getting better, or she has been in this world for a number of books, that she has gotten better. I enjoyed this much more than The Mortal Instruments. Don’t be shocked, if you compare book one of The Mortal Instruments to this book, you can see a complete improvement in storytelling.
Most importantly, plot twists. I didn’t see any of them coming. There were a few times I had to put the book down and stare of into space. Mind blown….

I’m going to leave it here, because if I talk anymore I’m going to spoil it for those who haven’t read it yet. And if you are one of those people who haven’t picked this book up yet, do it!

My star rating for Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare is: