Book Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis: 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 feels. Cassandra, why do you do these things to us?! 
While Lady Midnight is technically is a separate series than Clare's other Shawowhunter series (The Mortal Instruments, and The Infernal Devices), I would not consider it a stand-alone series. Clare does a decent job summarizing the Shadowhunter world in the beginning of the novel, but I still would have been confused if I had not read the other two series first. I definitely recommend reading The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series before embarking on The Dark Artifices adventure. Clare created a new, captivating tale in the Shadowhunter world with Lady Midnight. It was thrilling to jump into a familiar world but with new characters, humor, and obstacles. The battle between love, life, and law is riveting. Having a strong female lead is somewhat of a signature for Clare's novels, and I loved that she created a more vengeful side to Emma, as opposed to Clare's other female leads (Clary and Tessa). Mark was another favorite character of mine. While sparks of his humorous and flirtatious side are shown, Mark also has an unrelenting, painful battle with himself and where he belongsmaking his character feel more real. Lady Midnight is a dark, dazzling, and delicious tale, with plenty of plot twists to keep you on your toes. 



*Synopsis provided by Goodreads.com 

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