Title: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Published: March 8th 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Shadowhunter (this is its own genre by now, right?)
My Rating: 5/5
“There was beauty in the idea of freedom, but it was an illusion. Every human heart was chained by love.”
“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?”
Cassandra Clare has created yet another story inside her Shadowhunter world to fall in love with. Taking place 5 years after City of Heavenly Fire, we follow Emma and Jules, much like we followed Jace and Clary in TMI. As much as this might seem repetitive, the world feels completely new and refreshing.
One of the reasons this feels so new, is that we have the use of technology. The young Shadowhunters carry cellphones, they drive, they even own a computer. Although it’s established that this technology is frowned upon, they definitely utilize their modern resources in every way they can, and it answers the questions I’m sure a lot of us asked through out TMI.
Another reason this is such a refreshing take on the Shadowhunter world is because we are missing that character that has no idea what the Shadow World is and has to learn everything from scratch, like Clary and Tessa. All of our characters are well tuned to the Shadowhunter world, and I think that gives us something we haven’t seen. We don’t have the lead female characters trying to figure themselves out, they are already solid and strong in who they are, so we get to focus more on the romance and the whole fighting evil thing.
It’s also just like Clare to give us a forbidden love to fall for. And she certainly does that here. There is a lot of mystery behind Julian and Emma’s connection, and it really draws you even farther into their love story. It’s more than just forbidden love, it’s dangerous.
I certainly loved this book. Emma and Jules have completely overshadowed Jace and Clary for me. This book seems more relevant and modern, and I think that gives it an edge over Clare’s other series in this world. I am so excited to continue with this series!
What did you think of Lady Midnight? Did you love it as much as I did? What Shadowhunter series if your favorite?