Title: Lady Midnight
Series: The Dark Artifices
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Romance
Date of first publication: 2016
Lady Midnight is the first book in a new trilogy by Cassandra Clare and her third series revolving around he Shadowhunters. Many have criticized that Clare is trying to get as much cash as she can from the Shadowhunters. However, I loved “The Mortal Instruments” and “The Infernal Devices” and I was really excited for the new book!
I recommend reading those two series before because there are some spoilers.
Most of the storyline is told from the view of Emma Carstairs, but sometimes it switches to other Shadowhunters inhabiting the Los Angeles Institute.
The story starts in 2012, 5 years after City of Heavenly Fire. Emma has developed to be a strong, independent personality, who has only one goal: Find the murderer of her parents and avenge their deaths. Her parabatai Julian is responsible for his siblings after killing his dad. He was the glue that kept them together. His refuge is Emma. They both have sworn to be bound for life in a platonic friendship. But what happens, when this unconditional love is turned into something else? Punishment.
In order to prevent this, lines have to be drawn.
We meet many new and old characters in this book, e.g. Mark, Julians brother and a half-faerie, is returned to the institute in Los Angeles as a bargaining chip after years with the hunt. Years of bullying and punishment have left him scared and scarred.
Cassandra Clare has done an exceptional job at describing the characters in this book. In the first two series, the characters where a bit flat and there was no emotional connection. This time around however, nobody could have prepared me for what was to come.
The style of writing is kind of the same as in the other books, but the world is simply incredible! We see more truths about the Clave come to light, more family secrets unraveled and more characters come to life. The plot is a whirlwind of magic, suspense, romance and action. There were a few parts, especially in the beginning, where the story dragged on for quite a while, but the further you read in the book, the more fast-paced and action-filled the story becomes. Also, the story is much more in depth about the relationships between the characters, which in turn creates an all around package.
I really liked the way everything revolves around “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe. It is one of my favorite poems and I was so excited when I saw that it play quite a big role in the book! i think it is incredible how she managed to unite the poem with her story in a unique way.
It was many and many a year ago,In a kingdom by the sea,That a maiden there lived whom you may knowBy the name of Annabel Lee;And this maiden she lived with no other thoughtThan to love and be loved by me.I was a child and she was a child,In this kingdom by the sea,But we loved with a love that was more than love—I and my Annabel Lee—With a love that the wingèd seraphs of HeavenCoveted her and me.And this was the reason that, long ago,In this kingdom by the sea,A wind blew out of a cloud, chillingMy beautiful Annabel Lee;So that her highborn kinsmen cameAnd bore her away from me,To shut her up in a sepulchreIn this kingdom by the sea.The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,Went envying her and me—Yes!—that was the reason (as all men know,In this kingdom by the sea)That the wind came out of the cloud by night,Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.But our love it was stronger by far than the loveOf those who were older than we—Of many far wiser than we—And neither the angels in Heaven aboveNor the demons down under the seaCan ever dissever my soul from the soulOf the beautiful Annabel Lee;For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreamsOf the beautiful Annabel Lee;And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyesOf the beautiful Annabel Lee;And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the sideOf my darling—my darling—my life and my bride,In her sepulchre there by the sea—In her tomb by the sounding sea.– Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
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