My review of Lady Midnight (Dark Artifices Book One) by Cassandra Clare


Hello everyone!

After reading City of Heavenly Fire, the final book in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series (which is one of my most favorite series ever) I was impatiently (because I’d have to wait forever) excited to start reading Lady Midnight. Finally March 2016 rolled around and I hastily bought it on the very day it was released. And then life and work stuff got in the way and it sat on my bookshelf for TWO months. It was horrible. Everyday I would look at it and think Soon. I just have to finish reading this other book and take care of a few things and then I will get to you.  Little did I know that soon would be months. Anyway, that’s all behind me now because finally I have read Lady Midnight…and I loved it.

And now for my review:

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After being introduced to Emma Carstairs and the Blackthorns while reading the final book (City of Heavenly Fire) in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series, I was super excited to get my hands on Lady Midnight. And even though it’s taken me a lot longer than I’d planned to get to it (it’s been sitting on my bookshelf since March, yikes!), it was definitely worth the read.

Although set in the shadowhunter world, Lady Midnight is it’s own distinct story. However, there are references to events that occurred in The Mortal Instruments as well as some character cameos, so it might not be a bad idea to read The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices anyhow if you don’t want to be a little lost on those parts. But, if you’re not inclined to read the other books set in the shadowhunter world before starting this one, that’s okay too (though you’d be missing out because they’re awesome), because all the main things in the shadowhunter timeline in reference to the start of this book are addressed.

And now for my thoughts on Lady Midnight.

I found all the characters to be well developed giving the reader a good sense of who these people are and what drives them, leading you to become invested in their wellbeing. Which is a good thing. Mark Blackthorn’s character in particular was one I quite enjoyed. There were a few times his character had me laughing out loud. I also enjoyed the chemistry between Emma and her parabatai Julian. And I’m curious to see what will happen between them in later books. Arthur was also a very interesting character I’d like to learn a little more about.

As for the story itself, I greatly enjoyed it. I don’t think it was as fast paced or as imminent as the story lines of it’s predecessors as it focused a lot on the domestic aspects of the Blackthorn family, but it still held my interest. How could it not with a murder mystery to solve, a previously lost family member suddenly back and thrown in the mix, twists and turns in every direction, and a love that could prove fatal. All in all, I think this book was a great set up for the following books in the series and I’m greatly looking forward to reading them.

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And now I’m off to begin reading The Passage, a Dance, & a Little White Dress (Enlighten Series Book 2) by Kristin D. Van Risseghem. Look for a review of this to come soon. And in the meantime if you’re so inclined, you can read my review of The Guardian, a Sword, & Stilettos (The Enlighten Series Book 1) here.

Ta Ta For Now 🙂

T.L. McDonald

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