Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Title Lady Midnight
Series The Dark Artifices
Author Cassandra Clare
Young Adult Romance/Fantasy
Publishing Margaret K. McElderry Books


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.


“There was beauty in the idea of freedom, but it was an illusion. Every human heart was chained by love.”

First thing, I loved Lady Midnight, really loved it. It was an unexpected read for this month. I’m so ashamed I haven’t read it sooner, maybe I had been lazy to pick up the biggest book lying on my self for almost two months or whatever. But I ended up gradully falling for this book with the characters and the locations since the moment it was in my hands.

“These pictures are my heart. And if my heart was a canvas, every square inch of it would be painted over with you.”


“To change your own heart, that’s nearly impossible”

Let me say from the start, Lady Midnight turns out not to be what I’d thought before, it packs with suspense and thrilling vibes, the MCs pursue the case that is almost impossible to be solved. And the corpses are creepy as hell. CC is ingenious and kickass, again, she knew how to put things into her book without being notice by her readers, she fooled us and then slapped my face with the twist she wrote in the end. *standing ovation for her* I swear I didn’t see it coming.

The love relationships are brutal. Mark and Kieran. Mark and Kieran and Cristina. Mark and Kieran and Cristina and Perfect Diego. Seriously ?

No one is ever the villain of their own story

Julian is a beta hero for me, he thinks he is a victim of unrequited love for his parabatai for too long. Even Emma feels the same way with him, but that is forbidden. It was the point where something hurtful began to punch my heart. I was so happy and sad at the same time; I knew it couldn’t be a good end. However, everything was falling apart when the last chapter came, I just couldn’t stomach what happened. I didn’t believe it was for real. Clare, you can’t do this to me. With Jace is Clary’s brother in CoB and Will rejects Tessa’s feeling in CA, then this ? THIS ? Oh ! It’s too much. Too much for my heart to bear. Too much for my body to function again.

“You’ll fix me, because we’re parabatai. We’re forever.”

Emma can be fixed. Julian can be fixed. Everyone can be fixed. Can I ?

CC’s writing style is beautiful as always, even better than her first book, if I can say so. She did a great job with her neat paragraphs and dialogues. The chemistry and tension between Jules and Emma are tangible. Although I think some parts are too descriptive, yet it’s still okay when her story doesn’t dig its own grave like the last three books of TMI series.

All in all, this is my another favorite this year. Even though I wanted to slap Emma’s face in the end, for her being such a bitch I won’t forgive her (view spoiler) I have a lot of things to say about this book, but when I finished, they suddenly left my head.

Maybe I’ll add something to this review when I figure it out eventually.

Ps. the whipping scene brought me to tears.

“Lex malla, lex nulla. A bad law is no law.”



2 thoughts on “Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

  1. Enjoyed your YA reviews – have you read Alma Alexander’s Were Chronicles books (“Random’, “Wolf’, “Shifter”)? They might be right up your alley…


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