This book follows Parabatai Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn as they embark on a mission to find the murderer of Emma’s parents. But there quest becomes entangled with finding the killer of mundanes and faeries, whose bodies have the same markings as her parents. The path to the murderer will be dangerous and scary, coming at a brutal price.
In this new tale of the Shadowhunter world, Clare delves deeper into the bond of the parabatai, which I feel was a really interesting part of the book. I know she had already done this in The Infernal Devices series but I felt in Lady Midnight it was in much more depth, showing how it affects the people who chose to share the bond. Its much what people wish for; an eternally loyal best friend. I enjoyed watching how Emma and Julian’s relationship evolved throughout the book and how the Parabatai bond can actually not be as perfect as the Shadowhunter’s believe.
I have grown very used to Clare’s style of writing and so it was an extremely enjoyable read with many twists and turns. She switches from many different perspectives, creating tension between the dramatic events, making you not want to put it down. I feel it was especially important within this book as it tells you how each character responds to the danger of the killer and how they respond to each other, especially the two Parabatai – like how they are able to keep secrets from each other despite the strong bond their share, proving that they are both individual to themselves not led by the bond they share.
One particular part of this book that I feel sets it apart is the way in which the present the familial bond of the Blackthorns. As seen in the last mortal instruments book (City of Heavenly Fire), two of the Blackthorn children are half-fae and it’s interesting to watch how this may cause shifts in the families outlook on Shadowhunters. Clare addresses the theme of racial prejudices in how she represents the Shadowhunters hatred of all fae, just because some of them were involved in Sebastian’s plot, and I feel its quite relatable to reality because of how some groups are judged by the acts of a few, and it’s important that this doesn’t happen.
Another part that I loved was seeing other characters from the Shadowhunter franchises, but in particular Jem and Tessa. The Infernal Devices is probably my favourite stories and it was great how Clare integrated them into the story. Emma, being a Carstairs, is part of Jem’s family and it was nice to see him trying to protect Emma and make sure she’s safe. I hope to see more of them in the next books.
I think Lady Midnight is probably one of my favourite Cassandra Clare books as it holds the perfect blend of drama, tragedy, magic and humour. I particularly loved the fact it held much more of a fantasy feel with more dominance of the fae side and how their world is different to ours. I would recommend that you read the previous books – The mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices and The Tales of Shadowhunter Academy – as this book holds some references that you may not understand otherwise.
No. of pages – 669
Publication date – 8th March, 2016.
Rating – 5/5 stars
Quote – “That’s not the spirit of the law, Emma. Remember? The Law is hard, but it is the Law.”
“I thought it was ‘the Law is annoying, but it is also flexible.”
“Bad time to be a llama.”
“Is there ever a good time, really?”