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Sydney Reads and Reviews: Lady Midnight

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)

Summary:    In a kingdom by the sea…

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, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up 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 prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian 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 Julian 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?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.

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My Thoughts:
Mark & Cristina, Cristina & Perfect Diego
Fave Cinnamon Rolls:
Needed BROTP: 
The Squad

Actual Review: 

Alrighty, So Lady midnight is the First in the newest series by Cassie Clare and while it did not disappoint in making me love the Shadowhunters World all over again, I finished the book feeling slightly underwhelmed.

This book is well over 600 pages and personally it was probably a minimum 100 pages too long. If you haven’t read all/any Mortal Instruments you won’t be confused at all except knowing the backstory behind The Dark War and Clary & Friends. But that’s it. This book is about 1/3 explaining EVERYTHING, what a shadowhunter is, what the clave is. I’m not kidding. This book spends so much time describing things that it’s almost like she expects you to not have read TMI. Now I only read the first 3 in TMI as a friend recommended me to do so and I was just fine. And because she spends so much time explaining things, the first third of the book really feels slow and boring because I knew all this stuff already. It also feels too long because some of the scenes feel like those too long actions scenes in movies, just way too drawn out and you find yourself going “Come on alreeady”.

The Plot was interesting. It blends in well with this magical world we know and fits perfectly as an aftermath of The Dark War.

I did quite like the host of characters Cassie created for TDA series. Emma is pretty badass but i will say i think my favorite is Cristina & man is their friendship AWESOME. Cristina has some spunk and fire in her as well as a back story I can’t wait to learn all about. Cassie once again introduces us to LGBT+ Characters with the introduction of Mark and Kieran. What’s great is Mark literaly states what he is in the book. Not very often is there printed confirmation and I know people really like that.

Many of the characters have personal inner conflicts that shows they are all human and none are perfect.


Ahem, where was I. Right, the characters. There’s a wide host of them and it’s hard not to come to like all of them, except the plot twist traitor. Which shocker comes out of no where just like in City of Bones.

I did enjoy this book and I will gladly read the rest of them, I just think it was a bit too long for my taste. Because as interesting as the plot was, it got bogged down by extremely long scenes and way too much description of the TMI World that a big portion of the readers will already know.



23 year old Mechanical Engineer that likes to read a lot in her spare time as well as take pictures of the books she reads.

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