Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Lady Midnight is the 1st book in Cassandra Clare’s new series based in the Shadowhunter world. Lady Midnight is set 5 years after the end of City of Heavenly Fire, so if you have not yet finished The Mortal Instruments Series or The Infernal Devices series for that matter I would not pick up this book until you have done so as you will be spoiled.
In Lady Midnight we follow Emma Carstairs who we originally met in City of Heavenly Fire, we follow her struggles to find out who really killed her parents five years ago, find the murder who is currently killing mundane’s & faye alike and stop herself from falling in love with the one person she is completely forbidden from loving. (Shy YA Love 101 I guess) Unlike Tessa & Clary in Cassandra Clare’s predeceasing books Emma has known about the Shadow world her entire life, she was brought up in a Shadowhunter family and she knew what her “Destiny” should be.
The difference in this book and Cassandra Clare’s first book City of Bones is striking, her writing and storytelling has improved dramatically. Especially in her main characters, rather than repacking Jace and Clary etc (which I must admit I was worried she would do) she has created a new group of characters who stand out in their own right. They each have a realistic individuality to them something that I really appreciated in this series.
Oh and on a side note CHURCH!! I loved that we got some more Church in this book.
The romance was a little meh, I don’t know maybe it is just be me, but I am a little bored of the whole “forbidden romance” we keep seeing pop up in YA books recently. Although I did love how the author was a little more realistic with the sex topic in this book, there was no skirting around the subject, Emma just comes right out and says what happened when she is talking to Christina. I liked that it made it seem more age appropriate for the characters.
While the book is a slow starter, once I got stuck in I found myself addicted to the story and I genuinely cared about the characters and what was going to happen to them. The pacing of the book is fantastic and I have to be honest I did not see the ending of the investigation coming at all, this is something that rarely happens for me and I love when an author manages to shock me in the way Cassandra Clare did in this book.
My only issues with this book were certain sections were unnecessarily drawn out and the “name dropping” regarding the TMI and TID characters really started to irritate me and was done far too much. You think Jace and Clary are AMAZING we get it stop shoving it down our throats. Do they really need referencing almost EVERY SINGLE CHAPTER …… REALLY? DO THEY?
** Sorry Rand Over **
Overall this was a fantastic book and a strong start to what I believe is going to be a amazing series. I personally cannot wait for book two.
Miss Quinny Rating (5 / 5)
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