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Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare


∴ Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare


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.


*I highly encourage that you read The Mortal Instruments Series and The Infernal Devices Series before reading this book. There are many spoilers throughout this book for both of those series.*

“Lex malla, lex nulla. A bad law is no law.”

DECEMBER 1, 2018 REVIEW (5 STARS)- I loved this reread of Lady Midnight, but did I really expect not to? It’s been almost two years to the day since I picked up this book for the first time and, when I reread this book, all of those feelings came right back. I laughed, I cried, I fell in love (again), and I found something that I didn’t even know was lost: my absolute devotion to this series. It has been a really long time since I immersed myself in the Shadowhunter universe and rereading this book felt like coming home in a way.

*Please keep in mind: I really wish I could sit here and talk about every little thing and character, but I can’t. That would take forever and I actually have a limit on how much I can type.*

Emma- I love Emma. She is so strong, caring, and protective. She was my favorite female lead out of Cassandra Clare’s books and this reread did not change that.

Julian- My precious Julian. There are no words to describe how much I love and admire him. His story breaks my heart every time I read it, because no one should have to go through what he has. He had to learn how to be a parent to four children (including a two year old old) at the age of twelve. TWELVE, PEOPLE! Not only did he do this, but he embraced it whole-heartedly. The only thing Julian wants in the world are for the people he cares about to be safe. He has nothing he wants for himself (excluding Emma) and at times, he doesn’t even seem like a whole person because he spends so much of his life dedicated in service to other people. Julian is one of the only characters that can break my heart and warm it at the same time.
If you are still not convinced how perfect Julian is, here are some quotes from him that just tear my heart out each time I read them and I couldn’t write this review without adding them:

“Why all these paintings of you? Because I’m an artist, Emma. These pictures are my heart. And if my heart was a canvas, every square inch of it would be painted over with you.”

“We are bound together, Emma, bound together—I breathe when you breathe, I bleed when you bleed, I’m yours and you’re mine, you’ve always been mine, and I have always, always belonged to you!”

“When you love someone, they become a part of who you are. They’re in everything you do. They’re in the air you breathe and the water you drink and the blood in your veins. Their touch stays on your skin and their voice stays in your ears and their thoughts stay in your mind. You know their dreams because their nightmares pierce your heart and their good dreams are your dreams too. And you don’t think they’re perfect, but you know their flaws, the deep-down truth of them, and the shadows of all their secrets, and they don’t frighten you away; in fact you love them more for it, because you don’t want perfect. You want them.”


“He knew in the way that she was a part of him, the way her breathing was his breathing, and her dreams were his dreams, and her blood was his blood, and when her heart stopped he knew that his would too, and he would be glad, because he wouldn’t want to live one second in a world that didn’t have her in it.”

Okay… Okay! I’m done. But there are so many more that only scratch the surface of the true beauty that Julian Blackthorn.

Ty- I’m gonna be honest with you; when I first read this book, I did not realize that Ty was autistic. I thought that he acted the way he did because it was a part of his personality. I have never been around a person with autism and I had never read about one. This is incredibly sad and something I did not realize was a problem until this book. There are a lot of different groups of people out there that aren’t represented a lot in books, autistic people being only one of them. Ty taught me about autistic people and that this something that no other book has been able to do for me. His character has SO much value and I could not love him more if I tried.

The Other Blackthorn Children- I would usually talk about each of them individually, but none of the others (except for maybe Livvy) were developed or had a strong enough presence in this book to write a whole individual paragraph about. They all would basically say the same thing: I love and cherish them with all of my heart. And I actually feel like that says enough.

Cristina- I didn’t pay a lot of attention to Cristina the first time I read these books and I realized during this reread that that is a complete shame. She is a kickass, beautiful, and flat out phenomenal character. She has so many layers to her and I am just dying to know more!

Mark- One thing I was surprised about during this reread was that Mark was actually one of my favorite characters. In my original read, I thought he was cute and hilarious but I didn’t really care for him that much (especially after that ending). During this reread however, he completely took the cake and I was desperate for any small glimpse into his character at all. In his mind, the fairies will forever despise the Shadowhunter part of him and the Shadowhunters will forever despise the fairy side of him. He truly feels like no one could completely love him. It just breaks my heart to think about it because Mark deserves to be loved without limits. I really hope he finds it. I would take him if I could!

Kit- I’m not gonna lie, when I first read this series, I spent the whole Prologue saying “Who is this insignificant kid? Can he just go away so I can get to the characters I really care about?”. Little did I know… Kit turned into this really important person in a flash and when his plot twist was revealed, I remember sitting on my bed, holding my book, saying “Okay… so maybe he wasn’t as insignificant as I thought”. I feel really bad about my original impression of him because he has become a character that I hold really close to my heart.

Kieran- I am strangely not that mad at him. I feel like I should be, but I’m not. He did not mean for that to happen to Emma and I truly believe that he was doing it to get Mark to come back. However, I sympathize with his motives, but his methods were a little much. I don’t think he would have done it if he would have known the consequences for it. And that is why I can forgive him for it; I know he regrets it.

Diana- I didn’t really connect with Diana on this reread. She doesn’t play as big a role in this one as she does in Lord of Shadows. Though, I must say, the foreshadowing done by Cassandra Clare was top notch.

Diego- I don’t know what I think of him. I haven’t seen enough of his character to form an opinion. Though, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I prefer Cristina with Mark.

Gwyn- I originally thought that Gwyn was going to be this big bad that would play an almost villainous role. I was shocked when he did not and, from the brief glimpse I got of him, I actually liked him.

Malcolm- Does it make me a bad person to say that I don’t hate him? I don’t agree with what he has done by any means. There is no excuse for what he did. However, I really do sympathize with him. Losing someone like that would be rough and I can’t say with a 100% certainty that none of my favorite characters wouldn’t do the exact same thing for someone they loved. I could totally see Julian or Jace being extreme enough to do it.

Iarlath- Does he really deserve much comment? I hate him and he is despicable. End of story.

Johnny Rook- I have never cared for him. He was entirely too secretive and mysterious for me. He also caused a lot of problems for Emma that made me dislike him.

Arthur- Is it wrong to say that I have never really cared about his character? He has always felt like more of a hindrance than an actual character.

My Mortal Instruments Babies- I loved seeing them again… and I may have cried a little bit. It was so nice to see them again and to see how much they have grown. I can still see their old selves in them, but I can definitely the changes. It makes my heart hurt.

Jem and Tessa- It was really nice to see them again. The first time I read this series, I had not read The Infernal Devices yet so I didn’t really know who they were. With this reread, I did and I cried when they started talking. There will always be hurt in my heart where Jem, Tessa, and Will are concerned. It breaks my heart all over again every time I see those two there without him.

I absolutely adore this book and I could talk about it forever if given the chance. I can honestly say that there is no other universe or author that can do what this has done for me. The Shadowhunter universe is the sole reason I am the reader I am today and I sometimes forget how much I love it. This book brought it all back for me. I hate that I had let the deep emotional bond I had with this universe dull as much as I have. I am so glad to be back and I can’t wait to reread Lord of Shadows! Queen of Air and Darkness is only two days away people! I’ve got to get crackin’!

December 12, 2016 REVIEW (5 STARS)- Oh my gosh! This book was simply amazing! Great job once again Cassandra Clare. She has never disappointed me in her writing and she never ceases to amaze me. Cassie is one of those authors that gets better with each book she writes and that is definitely the case here. The characters just make you fall in love and it is impossible not to love them. We have met most of these characters before in The Mortal Instruments but we never got to really get to know them. The plot and love story in this book is also mind-blowingly phenomenal. Bravo, Cassie! Lady Midnight is most definitely her best first-book in a series. I would also say that this is her best book out of all of them so far. If the rest of the books in this trilogy are like the first, fans will be blowing their tops by the end. Can’t wait for the next book, Lord of Shadows! I would definitely recommend you read this book if you liked any of her others!

Other Books in the Series:

5 🍁s ~ Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare

3.5 🍁s ~ Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) by Cassandra Clare

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