Lady Midnight is the first installment in the highly anticipated trilogy, The Dark Artifices, by Cassandra Clare. I was so eager to be a part of the Shadow world again and the demon hunting, plot twists, and witty humour that came with it. Cassandra Clare didn’t let me down and by the end of the novel, I just wanted more.
It is great that Lady Midnight can be read without having to have read the other Shadowhunter series. However, I recommend it because they are great books and it enhances the experience of Lady Midnight. Right away, I noticed improvements in Cassandra Clare’s writing compared to her other novels. The book was alot more grounded and fleshed out. Each character was given a voice and the plot flowed smoothly. Also much to my enjoyment, Clare was still able to make me love even with such a deep story.
Lady Midnight delves deeper into the Shadowhunter world and touches on more mature and darker subjects. Mental illness and sexuality is explored amongst the characters. Ty, one of the Blackthorn siblings struggles with a mental disorder and there is even a bisexual character. The audience is also introduced to new aspects too, such as The Scholomance, an elite Shadowhunter school, and the law against Parabatai falling in love.
The plot was definitely well thought out and carefully planned. It had the perfect balance between romance, character development, and plot action but I do think that it was the downfall of the novel. It lacked that “special something” and I felt that at times it dragged. The main plot was a murder mystery, dealing with why Emma’s parents died tje way they did, but I felt it was empty and didn’t really give any defined answers. However, the plot never lost focus on the characters and I believe that this is what really made the book.
Clare had written by far the most interesting and developed characters in all of the Shadowhunter universe. Julian and Emma were nothing special in a good way, unlike Jace and Clary or Tessa, they were just normal shadow hunters with no special abilities other than a big dilemma and a big family. There was also role reversal between the two MC’s. Usually, Cassie has the boys cracking jokes but this time it was Emma, and Julian was the sensitive one. Emma was a bad ass heroine but I still had trouble liking and relating to her. I felt she was too ignorant and stubborn and just in-your-face, contrary, I loved Christina Rosales, an 18-year old residing in the LA Institute to observe the difference between their Shadowhunter culture and Mexico’s. The fact she followed all the rules really appealed to me, especially in the Shadowhunter world where everyone makes such rash decisions and acts impulsively. Another example of the interesting and unique cast of Lady Midnight.
The family dynamic between the Blackthorn’s was also a big aspect of this novel and I loved the relationship that they all had with each other. Each one of them complemented the other and protected the other.
Cassandra has set up the novel for a sequel and leaves people wondering why Emma’s iratze so powerful when she healed Julian? How will Julian’s and Emma’s relationship turn out? Are we going to learn more about Kieran and Mark’s time in the hunt? I definitely recommend Lady Midnight to all people who love fantasy and are the fans of the Shadowhunter chronicles or Cassandra Clare’s writing. Lady Midnight intertwines mystery, action, fantasy, romance, and humour into a thrilling novel that I thoroughly enjoyed and many others will too.