There was beauty in the idea of freedom, but it was an illusion. Every human heart was chained by love.
Title: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices, #1
Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Date Published: March 8, 2016
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.
Wow. That is my short summary of Lady Midnight. I am in awe over how amazing this book was. Everything about it was phenomenal. I truly can’t express how great this book is through words. My only comment is that you need to read it yourself to experience the magic of Lady Midnight.
Now, onto the actual review. One of the many things that I loved about Lady Midnight was the more in depth information about the parabatai bond. Most of the information left unanswered after The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices about the parabatai were answered, leaving a few remaining questions to be answered later and keep the mystery alive. Emma and Julian go on crazy adventures that put their parabatai bond to the test. In Lady Midnight, we get to see what the parabatai ceremony and bond really mean, especially for Emma and Julian.
Another thing that I really enjoyed about Lady Midnight was the appearance of familiar characters from both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. We only saw short glimpses of them as the book primarily focused on Emma and Julian. However, the times they did appear added a lot to the book.
During Lady Midnight, I realized something about Cassandra Clare’s books. I realized that with each book she writes, everything improves. It is almost like each book she writes gets better and better.
Lady Midnight is one of the best books that I have read in 2017 so far. It is filled with intense twists and turns throughout the book. If you are looking for an adventurous read in the paranormal or fantasy genre, then I highly recommend you give Lady Midnight a try!
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