Book Review: ‘Lady Midnight’ by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight

Lady Midnight was released on March 8th, and is the first book in Cassandra Clare’s new series The Dark Artifices, a sequel series to Cassandra Clare’s previous book series The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments. Lady Midnight is a young-adult urban fantasy novel set in contemporary Los Angeles.

The story follows protagonist Emma Carstairs, whom we first met in City of Heavenly Fire. Emma is a shadowhunter, a person with angelic heritage who is chosen to protect the human race from dangerous demons. Emma lives in the Los Angeles Institute, a building  designed to accommodate local shadowhunters, with her parabatai Julian and his family. Parabatai are two shadowhunters who are joined together emotionally, they fight together in battle and find strength in each other. In the shadowhunter world, the bond that links parabatai is stronger than friendship, but it is forbidden for parabatai to fall in love.

Emma’s parents were murdered years before this novel takes place, but when similar murders begin to happen again in LA , she will stop at nothing to find out who is responsible in the hope of finding her parents’ murderer and bringing them justice.
Life at the LA Institute is already tense with confusion and secrets that have been kept for years, but these murders and the investigations that follow make life more complicated.

Lady Midnight is a solid first instalment to a fantasy series, ending in a cliff-hanger that promises the same excitement and mystery in the future books. A host of new characters feature along with some familiar faces, meaning that it will definitely pique the interest of readers from previous series.

This book has a very strong family dynamic. Julian, Emma’s parabatai, has been looking after his four younger siblings since the Dark War when his father was killed. The relationship between Julian and his siblings demonstrate the importance of family and the strength that can be found there. 
The parabatai bond, which is mentioned in previous books, is much more of a central element to the plot. Parabatai are two shadowhunters who are linked together emotionally and, in some ways, physically. By working together parabatai are stronger than an individual shadowhunter or group of individual shadowhunters. This parabatai bond also highlights the shadowhunter customs and traditions that are also more prominent in this book.

If you are a fan of The Infernal Devices, The Mortal Instruments, or even the new Netflix show Shadowhunters, then Lady Midnight is definitely a book to check out.