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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – Book Review

Hello and welcome to Read, Write, Inspire. Today I have a review of Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. Lady Midnight is the 1st book in the Dark Artifices series which follows on from the events set in Cassandra’s previous books The Mortal Instruments.

I would like to thank Love Reading for giving me this opportunity and providing me with copies of the books in question.


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


Wow what a corker of a book. This was a brilliant start to the new series. I am completely taken in by the characters within this book, especially Emma. The throwbacks to events set in the previous books don’t overshadow the story and plot of this book. You could quite easily pick this up as a series and read it without having read any of the other Shadowhunters books (though it would serve you well to understand the history).

You can tell that Cassandra’s writing has grown when reading this. The story flows so well and the pacing is fantastic. I spent a lot fo time wandering around the house trying to read when I was making a cup of tea and such because I didn’t want to put it down. I was worried as the chaters are very long but there are breaks and pauses throughout meaning that it is possible to stop and start, which if you are like me you will enjoy.

I am really looking forward to getting my teeth stuck into Lord of Shadows now. Highly recommend this book for all Fantasy lovers.

You can purchase your copy here

Thanks for reading

Emma-Louise x

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