OH.MY.GOD. This book made me feel things I’ve never felt before. It was one of the best books I’ve ever read. So, if you haven’t read The Mortal Instruments series you shouldn’t even be here. People who haven’t read Lady Midnight, I suggest you leave now or be spoiled. Without further ado, here is the book summary from Goodreads:
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? 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.
THIS BOOK BROKE MY HEART, PUT A BANDAGE ON IT, THEN RIPPED IT RIGHT OFF AGAIN. I loved all of the characters in this book so much. They had so much depth to who they were. I loved that Cassandra showed shadowhunters with mental disabilities. Cassandra is so extraordinary at building her characters and making them all so unique. I am going to do reviews of each character. Just saying now, I loved Kit when I opened up the book. He is my favorite urgghhh.
Emma Carstairs: Emma is such a strong and beautiful character. I loved the bond between Julian and Emma. The second he came into the story, I completely shipped them. The beach scene *you know what I’m talking bout ;)* was SOOO perfect. She never gives up on family and that’s what I love about her.
Julian Blackthorn: I liked Julian and thought he was a very dense and strong. He grew up so fast and had to raise his siblings at such a young age AND run the institute. He was incredible. Again, I completely ship Julian and Emma and his heart is gonna shatter when he hears that Emma and Mark are “dating.” 😦
Ty Blackthorn: Ty was a very special and different character for Cassandra to write about. At first, I was thinking he was autistic, but then I realized he was something else. I really enjoyed that he and Livvy had such a strong bond and I really felt for his character.
Livvy Blackthorn: Livvy was sort of quiet, but I always knew what she was trying to say. She is always protecting Ty and doesn’t want to see him hurt. Their bond was so beautiful.
Drusilla Blackthorn: Not going into depth with her, but I just loved her character. Such a great addition.
Tavvy Blackthorn: Little, sweet Tavvy. He was so hilarious and adorable. When he was in the tub of sugar, I died laughing. When Malcolm tried to kill him, I got so angry.
Mark Blackthorn: He was so interesting and I loved his and Crsitina’s scenes because they just have this weird chemistry and I ship them very much. His story was very sad, especially about Kieran. Mark is a unique character because I feel like bisexual characters aren’t In literature enough and he was perfect. Love him.
Cristina Rosales: At first, she was very dark and gloomy and I didn’t understand her, but her story unraveled and it was beautiful and painful. Emma needed a girl to talk with and she slowly became Cristina’s best friend. Diego and her were not a good couple, in my opinion. I enjoyed Diego, but not with her. MARK + CRISTINA = <3.
Perfect Diego: It’s all in the name. Still, I did not like him and Cristina together. A great and funny character, though.
Diana: Very mysterious character, but I enjoyed how she was always protecting the Blackthorns. I need to now more about her urgghhh.
Arthur: I loved learning about his lunacy and why he is the way he is. Very strange And disturbed character.
KIT HERONDALE: Oh my lord. The moment I read the Prologue about Kit and his dad, I longed for more. I just loved his character so much. I knew he was a shadowhunter, but didn’t know about him being a HERONDALE. This was crazy! I already loved him, but this happening made me feel even more for him. NEED MORE KIT IN MY LIFE.
Malcolm Fade: I saved the best for last. I did not expect this at all. I was just like, “Oh yay. We get another warlock who’s gonna be really close with the shadow hunters.” But, nope. Cassandra completely blew my mind. Malcolm was trying to resurrect his dead lover, Annabel. It was very shocking to me that he killed Emma’s parents and that mattered more to me than his involvement in the fae murders. I do not think he’s dead because it wasn’t confirmed, but we’ll have to see.
The whole Parabatai curse made sens, but I hate it. I just want my babies to be together please. I cannot wait for the second book. I did not expect to over these characters as much as I did. It just happened. Deal with it.
This book was mind blowing and I liked it even better than TMI and idk why. This book gets 5 stars. EXCEPTIONAL READ.