Title: Lady midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Narrator: Morena Baccarin
Publisher: Simon & Shuster
Publisher audiobook: Simon & Shuster Audio
Page count: 675 (19hours 44 minutes)
Release day: March 3rd 2016
Series: The dark artifices #1
Rating: 4.5 stars
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s
newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling
Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters
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?
What I thought:
I was so excited to go back into this world! And I was not disappointed, I really loved this book! You can really see the difference in writing style between this one and City of Bones, Cassandra Clare has developed in the best way possible!
In the beginning I was a bit confused by the Blackthorn siblings, like what is the order? How many are there? They kept using nicknames and their really names through each other, which confuses me, but I figured it out at some point.
I listened to this on audiobook, since I reread the mortal instruments and the infernal devices on audiobook and really enjoyed them. And this one was so good! I kept wanting to continue or pick it back up. This comes from the great narration and the rightly paced story! It kept building up to something, and I just wanted to know what that something was!
I really liked these new characters. Emma and Julian are amazing, but I also really liked Ty. And Kit was not that present in this book but I would love to see more of him, and I’m pretty sure we will! And to be honest I really didn’t mind that Jace and Clary were not really present in this book, I’m kinda over them?! I would have loved more Magnus and Alec though, but they get their own series soon!
The reason I took half a star is that at some point the building up was a bit too long in my opinion (like at 60% in), so I wouldn’t have minded if this book was a little bit shorter.
I absolutely loved the ending and cannot wait to continue on!
I do recommend to read the other books first. No it is not necessary, but nothing is explained in this book, so you do need to know stuff already!
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