Happy Lady Midnight release day! Back in February, we ran a Cassandra Clare competition where the lucky winner would receive an advance copy of Lady Midnight. Emily Lentini was the overall winner chosen from over 500 entries, and judging by her review we think she loved the new book. Her review is posted below.
While her review is spoiler-free, if you want to read Lady Midnight without knowing anything about it we suggest you bookmark this link and come back once you’ve read it.
by Cassandra Clare
Reviewed by Emily Lentini
Fans of The Mortal Instruments,
rejoice! Lady Midnight
is a juicy, thrilling and entertaining new instalment from Cassandra Clare that is sure to satisfy every Shadowhunter fanatic.
As a devotee of The Mortal Instruments
series, I was eagerly awaiting the arrival of this novel, and my high expectations were not let down. Lady Midnight
is funny, action-packed, dark and enchanting, with a story full of passion and mystery.
The novel is set at the Los Angeles Institute five years after the events City of Heavenly Fire
. Taking over the mantle of Clary Fairchild and Jace Herondale are seventeen-year-old protagonists Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn, young, fierce and determined Shadowhunters who share the sacred parabatai
bond. As parabatai,
Emma and Julian are ultimate fighting partners, but must obey one firm law: parabatai
must never fall in love with each other.
Clare begins her novel beautifully, with vivid descriptions and flowing dialogue that fans will adore. The prologue provides an excellent summary of all the need-to-know information about the Shadowhunter world, so readers new to the series will not be left behind and can delve straight into this novel without having read any of the other books. (Or, if you are a forgetful reader like me, these opening pages will remind you of all the important outcomes of City of Heavenly Fire
Most of our attention is focused on Emma, a strong, capable Shadowhunter who is desperate to solve the mystery of her parents’ murder and gain her revenge on the person responsible. The novel is full of wonderful characters, and Cassandra Clare once again proves herself as a champion of diversity. She represents characters of differing race and sexuality, and covers issues of love, gender and body image, making her an author whose work all teenagers should become acquainted with.
Some of the much-loved characters of the previous Shadowhunter novels make an appearance in Lady Midnight
, and Clare drops many exciting details as to their actions and movements since the last novel. (I won’t spoil any details here!)
Clare’s trademark humour will have you chuckling out loud on many occasions, including a hilarious scene in which the clumsy and endearing Malcolm Fade, High Warlock of Los Angeles, gathers the Blackthorn Shadowhunters for a viewing of Notting Hill
. I was also snorting with laughter at the dialogue of the half-Fae Mark Blackthorn, whose courtly behaviour contrasts hilariously with the mundane world as he tries to readjust to a family environment.
Love, especially the forbidden sort, is the main theme of the novel. It drives all of the main characters and envelops the plot in deep and unexpected ways. Emma and Julian struggle with their evolving desire for each other, knowing that to act upon their feelings would result in dire consequences for themselves and everyone they care about.
The murder mystery plot includes many twists, turns and surprises, and all of the story’s clues align to form a very satisfying conclusion. Clare finishes the novel with an intriguing proposition that returns to the book’s main theme.
And in true Cassandra Clare style, a dramatic cliffhanger will leave you hungry for the next instalment. As Lady Midnight
is the first novel in what is to be The Dark Artifices
trilogy, readers can be sure that another beautiful, action-packed adventure will soon satisfy your reading appetite!