Lady Midnight – Review

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Book 1 in The Dark Artifices trilogy
Genre: YA urban fantasy
Pages: 669
Format: paperback, owned, ARC


First of all, I’m so sorry I haven’t posted in a week! I was so determined to finish this book and I didn’t want to use my free time any way other than reading. I hope you guys understand. *offers cookies* ❤

Second of all, Lady Midnight was perfect. I may just be biased toward Cassie’s books, but I adored this book from the very first page. ❤

the plot

This book had clear ties to The Mortal Instruments, but also a unique plot completely its own. Everything was intricately connected in a way that kept me wondering until Cassie wanted me to know, but made perfect sense once it was revealed. There was a heavy mystery element that was executed and maintained perfectly, so I was always guessing. This made the story even more entertaining and gripping than I’d originally anticipated. 😀

the characters

There was an extensive, quirky cast of characters and I loved them all. But because there’s so many, I’ll only bring up a few. 😉

Emma was awesome, and totally worthy of the Carstairs name. She was spontaneous, sassy, and determined, like Clary but still completely her own person. Her rough childhood strengthened her more than it weakened her and I admired that. I also admired the deep love she had for the Blackthorn siblings, who pretty much adopted her. She was so sweet and protective of them, and easily filled in the role of big sister that they lost from Helen. I loved Emma.

Julian was one of the best characters, in my opinion. He was thrust into many roles that he wasn’t prepared for, and when he was only twelve too. I pitied him, but I also admired how readily he transitioned from a studious child to a mature older brother. He loved his younger siblings as if they were his own children and valued their lives more than his. He was strong and protective, but also really sweet and passionate. One thing I really liked was his love for art. In my opinion, it’s not as common for guys to have gentler hobbies like that in fantasy, even urban fantasy. It was a refreshing and enjoyable change. 🙂

Then there’s the Blackthorn siblings. I loved them all! Mark was so sweet and clueless: I think he’s my favorite Blackthorn. I feel so bad that he was forced into the Wild Hunt, and I’m so glad he was reunited with his family. ❤ I loved Livvy and Ty, too. Livvy seemed a lot like me, which I thought was amusing, and I found her love for her twin heartwarming. 🙂 I liked Dru, but I think she was my least favorite. She had a very distinct personality that I enjoyed, but I think I just loved the others a tiny bit more. 😉 My other favorite was definitely Tavvy. I don’t know why, exactly, but I always love the little kids in books (and the pets). Tavvy was just so adorable and innocent, and he melted my heart, if I’m being honest. He wanted to help with the investigation so much and he did eventually, but he didn’t realize how much. He was just happy he could, and then wanted to go to sleep. I love Tavvy so much. ❤

I won’t go into too much detail, but I just want to address the amount of squealing and fangirling that occurred each time one of the beloved characters from TMI or TID was mentioned or cameoed. (Yes, that’s a word.) Five years later the old crews were just as amazing as in their own respective series. There’s been a lot of development for everyone and it made me really happy. Clary, Jace, Magnus, Tessa, and Jem all played a part, though Alec, Izzy, and Simon were mentioned. 😀 (Robert Lightwood appeared too but who cares about him, haha.) I do wish there had been more Magnus because he’s the best, but that’s just a personal preference. 😛

the setting

In the past, Shadowhunters have whisked us away to New York and England. This time around, we’re in Los Angeles. I loved the new environment; it’s been a while since I read a book set in California. The descriptions were vivid and magical, a real accomplishment for a modern city. The LA Institute seemed to face the desert on one side (though I didn’t know LA had a desert… oops) and the ocean/beach on the other. Both played a big part in the investigation, though the ocean seemed to be a bit more important, especially in the last quarter. I love when epic books take place in real locations, and in this book it was done brilliantly. (But it’s one of Cassie’s books, so everything is. And no, I’m definitely not biased. Haha.)

the relationships

I’ll start with Emma and Julian’s relationship. They’re parabatai and they’re awesome together. They have a strong friendship, as they should, but then things get complicated because they’re in love. That’s a big no-no for parabatai. I don’t intend to sound twisted, but I enjoyed their struggles. I mean, I want them both to be happy, but it was good that there were complications rather than ignoring it for an easy friendship or magically working out a forbidden love. It was awkward and challenging. At first I thought it would work out, but then Cassie messed it up. She’s good like that and I love it. XD

I loved Emma and Cristina’s friendship. Cristina was an epic fighter, but also a kindhearted girl with a broken heart. She was an amazing friend for Emma. They understood each other so well, and had wonderful, genuinely helpful advice for the other girl (Cristina more than Emma though). An example would be in the beginning when Emma was upset and Cristina talked her into bad movies and ice cream to cheer her up. Can I have a Cristina, please? 😀 They were also brilliant when they fought together, like Julian and Emma were but in a different way (but they were both just as great individually).

Lastly I want to mention how much I love the family dynamic among the Blackthorn siblings. They all love each other so deeply and openly and want to protect each other, Julian and Mark especially. Both as individuals and as a family they’ve been through so much in so little time, and the loving relationship they’ve maintained is amazing. Loss didn’t break them up, it brought them together. (I’m sorry if that sounded terribly cheesy but I like it.) They stuck together and I just adore all of them for it. And they practically adopted Emma when she lost her parents, so she’s basically a sister to them in every way but blood. It makes me love them more. They’re honestly one of my favorite fictional families ever. ❤

the twists

This book was a really wild ride. A small part of me was concerned it would drag a bit somewhere during the almost-700 pages, but of course there was no need to be. There were plenty of intense action scenes, but there was also a lot of time in between to build on everything else or drop a plot bomb in that way Cassie is so good at. 😉 I didn’t see anything coming; not investigation developments, not the crossbow or the ocean incidents, and certainly not the reveal of the antagonist. Basically, a lot of WHAT?!s, WHOA!!s, and NO!!s while I read. 😛


Cassie has evolved so much as an author, and Lady Midnight is proof of that. It was truly perfect, and left me eager for more. I can’t wait to see where she goes from here, and how she’ll top this. ❤

my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Have you read this? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know! 🙂

I’m super excited to meet Cassie tomorrow! 😀

I’ll be starting Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs next! I hope it’s as good as everyone says! 🙂

Until next time…

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5 thoughts on “Lady Midnight – Review

  1. Great review! I’ve got this book sitting impatiently on my shelf until I finish Glass Sword haha! I’m meeting Cassie too how awesome is that?? I’m not until April, but I still can’t wait 😀 And I’m so glad that Tessa and Jem appear, even if it’s only a cameo (although I’m praying they have a larger part, esp as Emma is a descendant of Jem!) Okay, rant over 😀

    Sinead @ Less Reality More Books

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