Published: March 8, 2016 by McElderly Books
Author: Cassandra Clare
Page Count: 720
Barnes and Nobel (Exclusive): $16.24
My oh my, what a book! Cassandra Clare once again has given readers a fast paced and well-written novel with brilliant characters. My hands are shaking as I type since I am still in this books clutches. The beginning of this series was a strong one and I can hope that the rest of it delivers. I am so happy for this book to finally be out!
Readers follow two characters briefly introduced in City of Heavenly Fire, Julian Blackthorn and Emma Carstairs. 5 years has passed since The Dark War and when victims start to show up with missing hands, burns, smelling of the sea and words etched into their skin Emma right away believes that the person behind them is the same person that killed her parents so long ago. Embarking on the journey to find the killers obstacles will be placed in both their way, testing their parabatai bond more so than ever before.
At first I was apprehensive of book set in the same world because I had grown attached to the characters from The Mortal Instruments but all of those worries went straight out my window the moment I opened the book. Clare cultivates her characters and their backstories so well that you feel that they are in the room sitting next to you.I have never been invested in the Shadowhunter world than now. Clare has taken us deeper into this secret place then she has ever done and the slow ache to know more edges its way into your mind.
The book does have a slower start with the first 150 or so pages but beyond that point lays the best scenes I have read in quite some time. The action scenes are phenomenal and the chemistry between certain characters had me screaming a few times. All good screams of course! When you get over that slower start be prepared to not put the book down. It was a struggle to set it down to feed my cat so beware!
I must say that I adored the way that Clare wrote each of her characters. They all had flaws that made them more 3D rather than just being people written on paper. I highly enjoyed reading of their struggles both mentally and physically.
I would highly suggest having read The Mortal Instuments and The Shadowhunter Academy Series before reading Lady Midnight but it is not essential! If you do though be advised of the feels that will hit you hard. There are things mentioned in Lady Midnight that are directly linked to The Mortal Instruments so if you are deciding which one to read first go with TMI. You’ll understand more of the sneakily hidden jokes from our old characters.
Lady Midnight is a strong first novel that keeps readers on the edge of their seats and has words that become engraved in your mind forevermore. 5/5 Stars rating on Goodreads.