Book review: Lady Midnight

Title: Lady Midnight

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK

Published: 2016

Pages: 688

Price: £6.49 on Amazon

ISBN: 9781471116612


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?


Cassandra Clare has done it again – another astonishingly gorgeous book filled with twists and turns that have broken me.

As soon as I found out that Cassandra had another book coming out I got my hands on it as soon as I could. Although it did take me a while to actually pick it up to read.

So – a bit of context for you – it’s been 5 years since the events of the Mortal Instruments and this book focuses on the Blackthorn family and the Los Angeles institute. When bodies start showing up in the area, Emma Carstairs and her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, must solve the mystery without the Clave finding out if they want to save Julian’s brother, Mark, from the Wild Hunt.

The shadowhunter world is truly beautiful. The amount of detail Cassandra puts into her books is breathtaking and something I aspire to do in my own writing. And her characters are always wonderful – each are fully fledged human beings, all of them being included for a purpose. What I really liked about the characters in this book is the variety. The Blackthorn’s are all shadowhunters but each are very different. My favourite, I think, has to be Tiberius (Ty) because he is thought to be odd. Obviously, in the shadowhunter world, being different isn’t okay and Julian is trying his best to protect his sibling from this. But regardless of how he is different, Ty is still an amazing shadowhunter. His development through the book is fascinating and I can’t wait to see how he progresses in the rest of the series.

Another thing I love about this book is the relationships. There’s to much to keep up with! Julian & Emma, Cristina & Mark, Cristina & Perfect Diego and Mark & Kieran. All of these are interesting and complicated – leaving me shouting at the pages some times. So many new OTPs, so little time.

The ending is – obviously – a bit of a cliffhanger and I cannot wait for the next book to see what happens! If you haven’t, I highly suggest you read this book soon – you won’t regret it.

My rating: 5/5


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