There are a lot of shadowhunter books out there and this is possibly my favourite. I am writing this review after a re-read. I love this shadowhunter world. It might not have been as rich as the other worlds but I loved this and its emphasis on family.
The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.
It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.
Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…
Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?
Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.
What I possibly love the most from this book are the characters Emma and Julian. I love their friendship dynamic, how well they know each other and how they grew in this book. I loved how Julian’s character was written. He’s so simple yet so intense, so kind yet so strong.
There are also other characters that interested me. Christina not so Much Kieran annoyed me but I kind of understood where he was coming from. I like perfect Diego even though when we meet him I want to sucker punch him and Ty I actually did like his character and how he addressed the world around him. I loved the innocence of Drucella and we have bits of Magnus in The book. Jace and Clary also make a visit.
This book takes place after the cold war and it basically shows what happened after the supposed happily ever after only that we are picking up the pieces of what the cold war left behind. It emphasises on the fact that all is not fair in love and war due to the choices that some people(Julian and Emma) had to make as a result of the war possibly changing their lives forever.
The fairies have also been relegated to what I called second class citizens; they are suffering from the consequences of their actions during the war even though some were innocent. But the law is hard so it is the law.
Emma seeks to find out what happened to her parents refusing that they die from Sebastian and Julian tries to be there for his siblings taking up a father role at such a young age while fighting his emotions for his parabatai. As it is forbidden for parabatais to fall in love.
Someone is also killing fairies and it is up to the LA Institute to find out what is going on with help from some friends and clues from the shadow market.
This book keeps you engaged on every page and is an absolute amazing read.