I’ve just had the pleasure of reading the latest offering in The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Lady Midnight.
It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.
Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions . . .
Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago―has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind―and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his
family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?
Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.
It was a wonderful story, woven spectacularly by Cassandra and all who gave her advice and guidance. Making use of and developing the characters that were introduced in City of Heavenly Fire, namely the Blackthorn children and Emma Carstairs, Lady Midnight takes the reader on a fantastic ride of lies, deceipt, betrayal and ultimately love. Without giving away any plot, there are a number of fantastically created characters introduced in the story, including the first member of the Fair Folk that I actually have a liking for. As well as the wonderfully engaging plot, and the great new characters, this story also allowed for one of my favourite things – guest appearances from other, well-loved characters from previous stories. All of the major players from previous stories are either mentioned or appear, including two of my favourites – the hilarious Magnus Bane, and the wonderful Jem Carstairs.
Overall, this is a wonderful story that carries on the magnificent storytelling of The Shadowhunter Chronicles, whilst also serving as a standalone for new readers to the series. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Thanks for reading.