Synopsis from Amazon:
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?
Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.
I had to return Lady Midnight to the library and I was so sad because all I want to do is reread it over and over again. It was so good!
First of all, I love all the characters. Emma is a BAMF and I like her better than Clary although not as much as I love Tessa. And Julian is such a sweetheart but he’s also pretty hard core, which is such an interesting combination of personality traits. My heart went out to Julian because he’s had to take care of his younger siblings for the past five years and he was only 12 when he had to start doing this. It’s completely unfair and I just wanted to give him a hug multiple times throughout the book.
I really love all the Blackthorns but Ty’s probably my favorite, after Julian of course. I liked that he’s different and the way he handles things. I think in us human terms he probably has Asperger’s or is somewhere on the autistic spectrum. I liked that even though he goes about things his own way his family still loves and respects him and I hate that the Clave might see him as a problem just because he’s different.
I also really like Mark and Cristina. Mark was hilarious as he adjusted to being back in the Shadhowhunter world and out of the Faerie Hunt. Cristina is just a great person. She’s the perfect friend Emma needs because Cristina listens to Emma without judgment but also tells Emma when she’s doing something crazy.
I could go on and on about these characters but I don’t want to spoil anything. What I will say is this book was filled with twists and unexpected turns and I couldn’t put it down. When a good amount of visits from characters in The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, which made my heart soar. I’m so glad to be back in the Shadowhunters world and just like everyone else I’m now impatiently waiting for the next book.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! I want this book on my shelf so bad!
Favorite Line: This was a really tough call. There’s some many memorable quotes from this book but I have to see this one is my absolute favorite.
“And if my heart was a canvas, every square inch of it would be painted over with you.”