Read: July 2017
In a kingdom by the sea…
In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.
A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.
Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.
Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?
The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.
After reading Cassandra’s The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series, I was hesitant about reading MORE about Shadowhunters. I mean, I loved the books that I read but it almost felt like too much at this point. But then the cover was released and it was just too gorgeous that I had to buy it, which meant I had to read it.
Thankfully, it was a lot of fun to read, even if it was just a little slower paced at times, but certain aspects really did save this story from being just another run of the mill Shadowhunter book. First off, my favourite characters weren’t Emma or Julien, the main characters in the book, but rather Mark and Kit! Right off the bat we meet Kit and I knew we had to see him at some other point in the book- in fact, I needed to see him again! Second, when this book is compared to Cassandra’s other books, the world does seem a lot more richer and deep than in previous books. The fight scenes were great and the family dynamics were wonderful, but I still had some hesitations about the book.
First, I wasn’t a fan of the romance. It just felt too obvious for me. Frankly, I love being surprised by the romance in a book and I’m hoping that with book two we get more of what I want, but I’m really doubting that we will. Also, I really didn’t like how Jace and Clary were all hyped up, as bad as that sounds. I mean, if Shadowhunters were around for thousands of years, it just seemed weird that people would talk about Jace being the MOST AMAZING SHADOWHUNTER EVER. Like, can we talk about an ego-trip? Not only that, but everyone who met Jace talked about how gorgeous he was and it was just way too much. I’m all for characters from older books coming into newer books, but give me a break. I’m also not sure what to think of no one ever getting seriously hurt in Cassandra Clare’s books – is that a spoiler? I hope it’s not a spoiler. At any rate, I feel like Shadowhunters go into battle and it’s like the main characters CAN NEVER DIE. I had the same freaking issues with The Infernal Devices when a certain character dies and I was like, oh my gosh, thank GOODNESS she finally did something like this … and then they come back. Like, seriously? What is with some YA fantasy books where the main characters can’t be killed FOR GOOD. These Shadowhunters go into battle and get seriously hurt and then it’s like, “Oh no biggie, I’ll just write an iratze on you and you’ll be fine!” I’m hoping by the next book we get more conflict, maybe a death … and hopefully that doesn’t make me sound morbid.
Even though I did have things I hated about this book, I’m really looking forward to reading the next one but what hangs in the balance for me is the romance – I really, really don’t want it to be such an obvious thing but I’m so scared it will be. At any rate, if we get more Mark and more Kit, I am down with anything. Plus, I love the younger kids of the Blackthorn family and think they’ll play a big part in the next book. Am I totally over Shadowhunters yet? I’m not sure. I guess I’ll have to keep reading to see!