“In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word. A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other – but they can never fall in love. Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter. She lives for battle. Alongside her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols Los Angeles, where vampires part on the Sunset Strip, and faeires – the most powerful of supernatural creatures – teeter on the edge of war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of human and faeries are found murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held by the faerie Courts. All they have to do is solve the murders within two weeks… and before the murderer targets them. Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julien been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents – and can she bear to know the truth?
I was so excited to hear that there would be a sequel to The Mortal Instruments as it is one of my favourite series of books. I adore the world that Cassandra Clare has created and it will always be one that I continue to go back to. I was very happy that the characters of The Mortal Instruments made an appearance in Lady Midnight (and will hopefully appear the rest of The Dark Artifices series) yet did not take away from the new characters and their story. I instantly fell in love with Emma and Julian and the rest of the Blackthorn family and I cannot wait to fall in love with them even more throughout the series. Whilst reading I was constantly guessing who The Guardian was and was pleased that I never guessed correctly as I hate knowing who the “villain” is before they have been revealed and it is a sign of a good book when you are left guessing until the end. My favourite character is Ty; I love how vulnerable and uncertain he is and I am looking forward to seeing his progression throughout the series. My only issue with this book is that it took me a few chapters to really get into it but that may just be down to it being the first book in the new series so a background needed to be given before the plot could really begin.
I would recommend this book to all fans of Cassandra Clare and to anyone who wants to immerse themselves into a world of fantasy. I would also recommend reading The Mortal Instruments before reading Lady Midnight if you are unfamiliar with the Shadowhunter novels as there are some spoilers both for The Mortal Instruments, and the prequel series The Infernal Devices.