Written by: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: March 8th 2016
Pages: 668, hardcover
Series:The Dark Artifices #1
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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?
The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.
1) Best Part of this Book?
BLACKTHORN FAMILY OH MY GOD. This whole group of characters that comes together as this crazy little adorable family. Like I cannot even begin to tell you how adorable and wonderful they were. They all cared about each other and took care of each other and just one big huge family.
2) Favorite character?
Can I say everyone? No. Okay. Then probably Julian. I loved seeing how the reversal of roles, he’s the homebody, he’s the Mom of the family. He takes care of the kids while Emma goes out and fights the demons. I think Julian was probably the cutest thing that I’d ever seen, he was also so precious and he deserves all of the good things. He’d better be happy by the end of this series or I will be angry.
3) Worst part of this book?
Oh god the pain. I knew it’d hurt, like I knew it going into this book. I got to get into City of Bones late enough that I knew the truth about the twist. But this one I’m gonna have to live through it and ugh I dislike it a lot.
4) Favorite Quote?
“When you love someone, they become a part of who you are. They’re in everything you do. They’re in the air you breathe and the water you drink and the blood in your veins. Their touch stays on your skin and their voice stays in your ears and their thoughts stay in your mind. You know their dreams because their nightmares pierce your heart and their good dreams are your dreams too. And you don’t think they’re perfect, but you know their flaws, the deep-down truth of them, and the shadows of all their secrets, and they don’t frighten you away; in fact you love them more for it, because you don’t want perfect. You want them. You want—”
He broke off then, as if realizing everyone was looking at him again.
“You want what?” said Dru with enormous eyes
“Nothing,” Julian said. “I’m just talking.”
5) Was it what’s Expected?
Yes it was actually. Cassandra Clare’s books are always so dang solid that I knew that’s what I was going to get going into this. I knew that I was going to be in love with this book. I’ve yet to be let down by anything Cassie has written. Heartbroken, gutted? Of course. But never let down
If you think that you need to read Cassandra Clare’s other series to read this one, it’s not quite true. Yes you’re gonna get spoilers for the rest of the series, you’re gonna know what happens, but you don’t specifically need them for background information. If you’ve tried City of Bones and it wasn’t your thing, then I highly recommend trying this new series out. You might like it a whole lot more.