In a kingdom by the sea….
In a world were half-angel humans protect the mundanes. Parabatai is a sacred word that pledges two warriors, to fight side-by-side, to be best friends, to be in sync with each other. But to never fall in love with them.
Emma Carstairs is a half-angel, a Shadowhunter. She lives for danger; her family isn’t blood but is connected through one person. Her Parabatai, Julian Blackthorn. Downworlders are pushing their limits after the Dark War. When bodies of human and faeries- enemies to Shadowhunter’s- start to be found murdered exactly the way Emma’s parents were five years ago. Suspicion rises, along with an intense investigation.
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare was published by Simon & Schuster in 2016. This is one of the many books that written in the Shadowhunter world. The other series include The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, Tales from a Shadowhunter Academy, and many more books that accompany this everlasting series.
The genre, of this book is fantasy. This world has been delicately created by the wonderful Cassandra Clare and even in the new books, surprises about this world always seem to pop up.
The plot in this book, is spooky, dark, creepy, intriguing. It has everything it needs and more; amazing dialogue, twists, tensions, and POETRY. Lady Midnight’s plot is based around a poem that I really like as it is about loss, death, heartache, and most of all love. The poem of course is the great Annabel Lee. The way in which Cassandra Clare involved this book around that poem is genius, she interrupts the words in a, wonderful way.
Regarding the character development for the main characters, it felt like they were actual people. The images in my head were so life like, that just made me not stop reading until I was done. There are many characters in this book as the Blackthorn family is big, but the main characters are Emma Carstairs, Julian Blackthorn, Mark Blackthorn, and Cristina Rosales from Mexico. The personalities from all of these characters astounds me as they are so intricate. But what gets me so invested into this book is that secrets are hidden, and people are trying to run away from the past.
The way that the characters were introduced was amazing, as the emotion poured right out of the text. Fear, denial, scared, anger- these emotions were evident when we first met Mark Blackthorn, after he had been so long gone in the Wild Hunt.
(spoilers)-What really got me to enjoy Lady Midnight was at the end the poem from the fair folk with the instructions on how to bring a person from the dead back-
“First the flame and then the flood:
In the end, it’s Blackthorn blood.
Seek thou to forget what’s past
First thirteen and then the last.
Search not book of angel’s gray.
Red or white will lead you far astray.
To regain what you have lost,
Find the black book at any cost.”
This got me even more invested as I do love a snazzy poem.
Overall Lady Midnight is an amazing book, and I highly recommend you read it but to read the other books about Shadowhunter’s first.
Rating – 5/5I won’t be posting for the next two weeks as I am going on a holiday, I will be back in two weeks time.