Book Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare [SPOILER FREE]

Well, either you’ve been fighting the forces of evil or you’ve come from a much wilder party than we have.


Title: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)

25494343Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: 8th of March 2016

Pages: 698

GoodReads Rating: 4.49 stars

My Rating: 5 stars


One of the newest boos to be set in the shadowhunter universe, Lady Midnight, takes place in the LA institute, where these is mystery afoot. Seven years after Emma’s parents were murdered in the prologue to City of Heavenly Fire, she is convinced that Sebastian did not kill them, and obsessed with finding the real culprit. As more bodies are found, with striking similarities to those of Emma’s parents, she begins to realise that the killer might just be one in the same.

In regards to City of Heavenly Fire, and the general reading order of the series, can you read this first? I guess so, if you really want to. But, Should you read this first? personally, I wouldn’t. Even though this is the first book with Emma and Julian as the main characters, I would still tell you to read The Mortal Instruments, and The Infernal Devices, before this series.

The plot is simple enough and does a decent job wrapping everything up enough so that you could read this as a single story. As usual, Cassie Clare’s writing is great, and you can definitely see how much she’s grown since City of Bones simply through the sheer size of Lady Midnight, not just physically but also in terms of the world inside. Initially I was a bit nervous about the repeated Annabel Lee references (an 18th century poem by Edgar Allen Poe) but they did pan out in the end, and were relevant.

No matter how entertaining the plot was, the highlight of this book lies in the characterisation of the many inhabitants of the L.A Institute, and their relationships with one another. You really got a sense of a tight family unit, both between blood relatives and friends. I absolutely fell in love with Emma Carstairs, the main female protagonist, much more so than I ever did with either Clary or Tessa. But it wasn’t just Emma that made this book, it was Julien, Mark, Christina, Ty, and even Kieren to some extent. However, if I’m being really picky, I do that that there could have been a little more development for Malcolm Fade, the warlock character, but I understand because of the way the narrative is structured that would have been very difficult to accomplish.

So, to recap:

Love, love, love! A beautiful cover, and even better characters who come to gather to drag you into their world.

Now What?

This is the first book in Cassie Clare’s new The Dark Artifices Series, and the second will be out pretty soon, May 23rd, sos ave the date.


How do you feel about the layout for this review? I kind of like it, but we’ll see how things go. Have you read Lady Midnight? What did you think?

Thanks for reading!

3 thoughts on “Book Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare [SPOILER FREE]”

  1. […] I have read A LOT of Cassie Clare the past few years, but I have to say that this one might just be my favourite. Set in the shadowhunter universe, an urban fantasy setting where there are a race of part human-part angel warriors who rid the world of demons, but this time in LA, we are introduced to a new set of characters, though some familiar faces to make appearances. In theory our protagonist is Emma Carstairs, an Shadowhunter orphan who is hell bent on finding out who murdered her parents. Without a doubt Emma is my favourite female character in the Shadowhunter world, and I can be very picky when it comes to female protagonists. However, this has a much wider scope than any of Clare’s previous Shadowhunter books, with so many main character, but not too many, each fleshed out with their own storylines. When you compare this book, to Clare’s first in the Shadowhunter world, City of Bones, which was pretty good, you can really see just how much this author has grown, and for me that is so exciting. As the first book in a trilogy (the sequel is out in a few months) there is so much potential for this series to grow even more than this original novel, and can see this surpassing The Infernal Devices as my favourite of Cassie’s Shadowhunter Series’. As you can see I have plenty to say and you can see a full review right HERE. […]


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