A love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven
Coveted her and me.
Warning this review is going to be biased because this book was one of my most highly anticipated releases and well, I love Cassandra Clare.
Lady Midnight is set a few years after The Dark War and the events of The Mortal Instruments series, focusing on the Los Angeles Institute and the survivors of the attack on Alicante, the Shadowhunter capitol, Emma Carstairs and the Blackthorn family, now grown.
Unlike The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments series, you will need to read them before starting Lady Midnight and The Dark Artifices series. It is the most directly related of the Shadowhunter books despite being considered a companion series, so you may not understand all of the references if you haven’t yet caught up. However, for fans of the franchise, it will not disappoint. Our favourite characters feature quite heavily, furthering their stories while Clare creates an entirely new world with a whole host of new Shadowhhunters to follow into battle.
I loved the Blackthorn/Carstairs family dynamic, so loving and fiercely protective of one another in the face of everything, but it was Julian who stole my heart. I’ve definitely found myself a new book boyfriend. I mean, I was practically swooning while I read the thing. Those of you following us on social media can attest to this.
Julian is guardian to the Blackthorn family and Emma’s parabatai. As they investigate the mysterious deaths of both humans and fairies in a forbidden alliance with the fairy courts in an attempt to save his brother Mark, and to solve the deaths of her parents, it becomes clear that it is not the only law that has been broken. By Shadowhunter law, parabatai cannot fall in love. Ah forbidden love, tis but the sweetest, and I fell hard.
The story itself is fully formed, does not rely upon the fandom’s love for the previous books, although it does pander to it on occasion, and comes to a natural end. Clare just drops a few little bombs that leave you utterly shattered, when you realise that there’s a year long wait for Lord of Shadows as the smoke clears. And what was that short story, the end, like why is Clary dreading her answer?!
Clare you are a cruel mistress, my sorrow knows no bounds.
Also the use of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem Annabel Lee was a really nice touch.
As a side note: this is my favourite cover design so far, it is so beautiful and the edging! I Can’t wait to get it signed.
What’s that, signed? Yes, Page One will be heading to the Cassandra Clare signing event in Birmingham so if you are a fan of the Shadowhunter series be sure to keep checking back or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates throughout the day and a chance to win some awesome prizes.