Thursday, April 21, 2016

Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare


Title: Lady Midnight
Series: The Dark Artifices #1 
Author: Cassandra Clare 
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books 
Publication Date: 
March 8, 2016
Format: Hardback 

Page Count: 668

Rating: quarter

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. (taken from goodreads.com)

Alright alright alright, let's do this.

As you may or may not already know, I'm an avid fan of Cassandra Clare's novels. Some may say that she's stretched her success too thin through the publication of so many Shadowhunter novels, but I have to disagree. Every time I crack the spine on a new Clare novel, I know I'm in for a world of familiarity. There's a reason people keep coming back for more: she's just damn talented.

It was really intriguing to see how this third series was going to evolve. Characters from both of Clare's others series come together in The Dark Artifices, along with a handful of characters introduced to us briefly in previous books. Clare does a tactful job of bringing everyone and everything together, although the plot is starting to become more than a little complicated. Soon, I'm going to need a notepad to refresh myself on characters, relationships, and plot occurrences each time I start a new Shadowhunter novel.

One of the many reasons I adore Clare's novels is the witty dialogue. Between lightening quick conversationalists like Will Herondale and Jace Lightwood, there is rarely a dull moment in most of her novels. I've found myself cracking up more than a few times at her well-timed jobs and references to pop culture. However, Lady Midnight didn't seem quite as funny as some of the previous novels. That's not necessarily a criticism. It just seems like Clare has moved away from some of her more lighthearted banter and entered a slightly darker storyline. Heck, there are references to disfigured bodies and murderers within the first few pages.

Any Cassandra Clare fan knows that her favorite plotline to utilize is that of forbidden love, and of course, she doesn't fail to deliver in this latest installment. Once again, prepare your poor bandaged souls for another heart-wrenching romance. Guys, this one... it's bad (but in a good way). Best prepare yoself for some serious giggles and moments of panic. I'm talking real, honest-to-God forbidden love. You know Clare's done it before, and Lord does she do it again.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Lady Midnight. I believe Cassandra Clare continues to grow as a writer with each novel that she publishes, and I for one will consistently pick up the latest Shadowhunter novel for as long as she continues to publish them. I will undoubtedly preorder the next book in this series after the cliffhanger she cruelly left us with, and I'll continue to adore Clare's characters for years to come.

Cassandra Clare's stories always bring a smile to my face (and a little pain to my heart).