Review: Lady Midnight

Review: Lady Midnight

Jessica Dang, Sports Editor

Once again, Cassandra Clare exceeded my highest expectations.

Clare released Lady Midnight, the first novel of The Dark Artifices and the third, chronologically fourth series of the The Shadowhunter Chronicles, on March 8, 2016.  

It is an understatement to say that this novel has torn me apart into a million pieces — I’m still recovering from such a traumatic experience.

Finding out that Clare had written yet another book on the Shadowhunter world compelled me to read until 3 a.m. every day as soon I got my hands on it.  And boy did I underestimate Clare’s unquestionable grasp over my soul.  

Every word, every sentence, every page either made me cry enough rivers to take California out of this drought or made me want to fling the book across the room from overwhelming frustration.  I grew attached to the characters and their relationships as if they were part of my own reality.

Focusing on the well-developed characters, I commend Clare’s creation of non-conventional Shadowhunters, which is a long line of Human-Angel hybrids who secretly defend the world against demons.  The book is centered around the Blackthorn family and Emma Carstairs who jointly challenge the social standards of the Nephilim by consisting of cross breeds and a neuroatypical character.  

Emma and her parabatai Julian Blackthorn patrol the city of angels, Los Angeles, as faeries threaten what remains of the peace between them and the Downworld.  After corpses of faeries turn up just the way Emma’s parents were murdered, an uneasy alliance is formed.  Emma has a chance for revenge while Julian finally gets a chance to save his half-faerie brother, Mark, who was kidnapped five years ago.  The catch is that Emma, Mark and Julian have to solve the murders within two weeks before the killer targets them while they also battle other issues such as forbidden love, betrayals and strained familial relationships.

Lady Midnight is action packed and has heart rending dynamics that no words can ever do it justice. Do yourself a favor and read it.