“That’s not the spirit of the law, Emma. Remember? The Law is hard, but it is the Law.”
“I thought it was ‘the Law is annoying, but it is also flexible’.”
― Cassandra Clare,
- Title: Lady Midnight
- Author: Cassandra Clare
- Genre: YA fantasy
- Pages: 698
- Publication date: March 8th, 2016
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
As Cassandra Clare always does, she brings readers back into her Shadowhunter world with another book. Once you start reading her books, it’s difficult to stop. (If you haven’t read her books before, I suggest reading City of Bones first.)
Lady Midnight, the first book in the The Dark Artifices trilogy, follows the story of Emma and Julian. Despite being told to stay away from anything that involves the faerie, Emma investigates a series of murders with the faerie involved because the murders resemble how her parents died. More complex events follow including Mark, a boy trapped in the faerie’s Hunt, making an appearance.
However, Cassandra Clare, even as great of a writer she as she is, does have her own faults.
One of the biggest issues with this book is the names. Tavvy, Tiberius, and Ty. Keep in mind that Tiberius and Ty are the same person and Tavvy’s real name starts with an O. All four names are interchanged in the book. Throughout the book, I kept mixing Tavvy and Tiberius up. It got more complicated as the plot progressed. I had to keep reminding myself that Tavvy and Tiberius have a huge age gap between them. Tavvy will do something rebellious and I’d think it was weird when he’s supposed to be a child before I’d remember he’s much older than that. Tiberius is the child.
If those two got confusing, remember that the main family has six kids. That’s not including Emma, Cristina, Authur, Diana, Diego, Malcolm, and a few others. I want to stress that all of these characters play an important role. It’s crazy how much of a mastermind Cassandra is to make each character have a purpose when there’s so many of them. Nevertheless, it’s difficult to keep up with them all. For anyone entering the Shadowhunter universe with this book, it’s almost impossible to keep up with all these names.
The first chapter confused me a bit too. Unlike almost the entire book, it is through the eyes of Kit. Kit comes into importance later on, but is introduced first. When he found Emma, I thought he would befriend Emma and join her after running away from his dad who doesn’t pay much attention to him. I got into his character. I wanted to travel with him and fight some demons, but I got…nothing. He’s not mentioned again for the longest time. About halfway through the book, I skipped through the pages just to see if he would show up again. Getting close to a character that I’d almost never see again was confusing. Sure, he’ll be there for the second book, but I wondered where he was throughout the first book.
Just saying, I almost died of second hand embarrassment with how Emma handled Julian. I won’t get into those major spoilers, but I think she could’ve handled it better.
Despite the faults, this book is amazing. As always, I’m blown away with Cassandra’s visuals, characterization, and how much detail about the Shadowhunter world is available. This Shadowhunter story brings magic, fairytale creatures, and monsters into modern-day Los Angeles. The pace of the book is great with tons of humor and plot twists around every corner. It’s a huge book, but it’s an awesome story. I highly recommend it.
Average rating on Goodreads: 4.47/5
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