Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (The Dark Artifices #1)

“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?”

Lady Midnight Cover

Rating: 5 stars 

This book was one of my most anticipated reads in 2016, I had high expectations and I was hoping it wouldn’t disappoint me. Lady Midnight was absolutely phenomenal and it was as amazing as Clockwork Princess !! If the first book was this good i can’t imagine what  the other 2 books will have in stores for us !! It was a strong start for the TDA trilogy !! 

A book about shadowhunters and new characters was promising. Each character is extremely individual and realistic. I love absolutely all of them. I really liked that we got to see characters who were raised as Shadowhunters
What I loved about it is that every character was adding something to the story. It wasn’t just about Emma and Julian, Cassandra Clare made the whole Blackthorn involved in the mysteries they are solving even little Tivvy. It was an action-packed mystery that kept my attention from the beginning. 

Emma was this strong and determined character. She knew what she wanted to do all the way through even when she was making mistakes. Loved how she didn’t give up all these years and didn’t loose hope on who murdered her parents. Julian, on the other hand, had to really grow up fast since he was taking care of his siblings and didn’t get to live his childhood. We see his struggle during the story … keep up with his siblings and having those forbidden feelings to Emma.
We know since forever that parabatai can’t fall in love and we got to know why in Lady Midnight and it kinda makes sense. 

As I said before, it was a strong start to TDA and it has so much potential to be an awesome trilogy and be as good as TID. We need to know so many things: how Julian and Emma will be acting with each others in the second book and if Kit will have a major role in the story and if we’re gonna know more about Diana’s past. 

“When you love someone, they become a part of who you are. They’re in everything you do. They’re in the air you breathe and the water you drink and the blood in your veins. Their touch stays on your skin and their voice stays in your ears and their thoughts stay in your mind. You know their dreams because their nightmares pierce your heart and their good dreams are your dreams too. And you don’t think they’re perfect, but you know their flaws, the deep-down truth of them, and the shadows of all their secrets, and they don’t frighten you away; in fact you love them more for it, because you don’t want perfect. You want them.”