Book: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: YA Fantasy
Purchase Link: Book Depository
In a kingdom by the sea…
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?
This book was amazing! There are no other words I can think of to explain it! It pushes on what we already know of the Shadowhunter world from previous series and expands! The main characters are just wonderfully complex and the plot twist was just… brutal in the sense that it hurts… it really hurts!
One thing I absolutely loved about the book was the Blackthorn family! They are an odd unit but one that fits together perfectly, with undeniably unconditional love tying them together because of Julian… their father/mother figure. A 12 year old who forced himself to fill the shoes of his parents to keep his family together and my heart is all for Julian right now. He is my baby!
One thing I didn’t like so much is I would have loved to be in the heads of even the most minor characters in this storyline, even the villain to feel what they felt. It’s a bit odd but I feel like that would’ve given this book the extra push it needed!
Overall, I’d definitely recommend this book to fans of ADSOM andRebel of the Sands! This book explores the characters and their innermost feelings, what keeps them going, in a way I haven’t seen in a while! Not to mention that it explores the boundaries and rules set by the Clave that I’ve always wanted to know! Specifically the Parabatai being forbidden to fall in love ruling. That was one aspect I always questioned because why? Why would that be a problem? And this book answers that in a way that is heartbreaking!