The latest Shadowhunters novel from bestselling author Cassandra Clare.
The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare's newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
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?
Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare's Dark Artifices series.
Praise for Lady Midnight:
'Positively aquiver with secret ardor and murderous zeal.' Kirkus Reviews
'Fresh and...wonderfully told.' Booklist
'Clare's well-developed protagonists..., pell-mell action sequences, complicated family dynamics, and fascinating magic system continue to engage.' Publishers Weekly
'Clare delivers spectacular Shadowhunter fare with her trademark street tough yet emotionally fragile adolescent characters taking on adult roles and includes plenty of violent action and passionate romance to satisfy fans of The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments series, who will be thrilled to see some of their favourite characters from the previous books make appearances.' School Library Journal'
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The first book in a new series by the author of the Mortal Instruments books follows the Shadowhunters to Los Angeles. We enjoyed reconnecting with familiar characters Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn, who are now teenagers and parabatai (a.k.a. battle partners). Cassandra Clare introduces us to the alluring Blackthorn family and has a wonderful time putting a supernatural twist on the real-life urban and beach settings of her California hometown. We loved getting wrapped up in the mystery of who killed Emma’s parents—and the romance of the two protagonists’ forbidden love.
Clare returns to her Shadowhunters world with this enjoyable if drawn-out tale. Set in contemporary Los Angeles, it centers on Emma Carstairs, a Shadowhunter adopted by members of the Blackthorn family who, like her, were orphaned in the Dark War five years earlier. Emma has become parabatai or sworn companion to Julian, the oldest Blackthorn boy living at the local Institute, where Shadowhunters live and train. When humans and faeries start turning up dead, covered in mysterious runes like those found on the bodies of Emma's parents, she and Julian investigate, accompanied by Julian's disoriented older brother Mark, recently returned after having been stolen by the faeries years before. Having been gradually revealed in nine previous novels, the Shadowhunter universe is complex, jargon-rich, and a bit unwieldy, but Clare's well-developed protagonists (each a fragile combination of heroic warrior and teenage neurotic), pell-mell action sequences, complicated family dynamics, and fascinating magic system continue to engage. This first volume in the Dark Artifices trilogy should easily please Clare's existing fans, but newcomers will want to begin with the Mortal Instruments. Ages 14 up.
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BEAUTIFUL. FREAKING AMAZING.
Lady Midnight was an emotional, action-packed, beautiful read and I've found myself not being able to get it out of my mind several days after finishing it. It's that good. It's got the perfect mix of mystery, action, drama and romance to suit anyone.
I really don't want to give anything away...but Julian and Emma were AMAZING. Every moment between them was so intense and the last few pages of the book honestly broke my heart and I know the first chapters of the next book will be painful to read.
A must-read for TMI fans
What a great follow on from the original Shadowhunter tales - The Mortal Instruments. Some crossovers from already known and loved characters, while developing a new storyline.
My only disappointment - my icopy is missing a certain proposal - what's with that, Apple?
Good lord Jesus
This is amazing. But you should her other books first.