Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

25494343Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Published March 8th 2016

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?

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I’ve always had mixed feelings about the Shadowhunter books. I’m not super into The Mortal Instruments but I love The Infernal Devices with all of my heart. I enjoyed The Bane Chronicles a lot but I could barely get through the first story in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. So I had no idea what to expect from Lady Midnight. I started it with an open mind and no expectations.
And I’m pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
I really liked the characters in this book. I thought they were well written and likeable. I especially liked Emma.
I loved the plot. I think that’s my favorite thing about Lady Midnight. The plot was so well thought out and intricate. Maybe a little too intricate but as long as you stay focused when you’re reading, it’s not confusing. I did think it was slow at times and maybe a bit boring a time or two.
The only thing that I didn’t like about Lady Midnight is the length. It’s 720 pages, people. That’s way too long for any book, let alone the first book in a series. This should have been edited down and that would have really helped the plot become a little faster paced.
Overall, I really enjoyed Lady Midnight. It was entertaining and fun. I really liked the characters and the plot and I’m excited to see where the story goes in the next book.
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