Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
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?
What is there to say about Lady Midnight? It’s a fantastic addition to the Shadowhunter world that expands greatly upon the Clave and the parabatai bond all while including everything we love from The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series.
Julian and Mark are what make Lady Midnight stand out among the Shadowhunter cannon. Julian has had to mature beyond his years to care for his younger brothers and sisters after his parents were killed in the Dark War and his old brother and sister were punished for being part faerie. Julian is a loving parent and does everything for his brothers and sisters. Julian attends to their every need and does his best to love them more than any parent could. Reading of a young man having to take on that responsibility was heart breaking and made me love Julian even more.
Mark is a fun character on the surface. Everything about him is different, which makes reading about his interactions with others and the world around him exciting. But, on a deeper level, Mark also deals with an identity crisis. His life as a Shadowhunter and his life with the Hunt cannot exists within the same space. So, he’s forced to choose between the two and deal with the consequences.
On the other hand, I was slightly disappointed with Emma as a character. Despite everything that happened to her, she feels incredibly naive and immature. She continues makes the same mistake over and over. There were times I wanted to slap her so she would smarten up. She reminds me a lot of Clary in City of Bones, so I guess Emma’s characterization makes sense.
Overall, Lady Midnight was fantastic. I cannot wait for Lord of Shadows to see where the story goes because I am dying for more Julian and Emma scenes!!
The short story A Long Conversation at the end of the special Waterstones edition
There’s something about these short stories that rub me the wrong way. They read like fan fiction and I never enjoy them. It’s completely fan service and I don’t appreciate it as a reader. I know a lot of other readers do and that’s good for them, but I most likely will not be reading them in the future.