Review of Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Goodreads Synopsis:

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 parabatair, 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 parabatair to fall in love? Who really killed her parents- and can she bear to know the truth.

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Review:

The first thing you need to know before reading this book is that it is a spin off from The Mortal Instruments series. You could read it without reading The Mortal Instruments but the characters in Lady Midnight are first introduced during the end of the previous series. Plus you get their complete background story along with every detail you could possibly want.

Now that I got that side note out of my system I would like to say I LOVED this book! Lady Midnight had so many twists and turns that I never saw coming. It kept me on the edge of my seat and was very hard to put down.  During the action parts I felt as if I was there watching it all in front of me. The detailing through out the book is amazing and really paints a vivid picture. The romance in this story developed beautifully. It didn’t go too slow and it didn’t go too fast. Though my impatient self was practically screaming during all the closed moments that were interrupted.

Having been introduced to the characters in The Mortal Instruments I had an idea of what to expect from them. Emma’s tough and not scared of anything, except for losing the ones she loves. Shes a great female heroine in a world where a lot of female leads can be portrayed as weak. As for our main man Julian, well he surprised me a lot. Him and his siblings have done a lot of growing up since their first introduction in The Mortal Instruments, and I fell in love with each of them. Their story is one that just reaches deep down inside and makes you feel everything they are feeling. On more than one occasion I found myself almost in tears. Though there are plenty of times when I was also cracking up with laughter. Some of the characters, Mark being one of them, just had me shaking my head and giggling. I’d also like to say I really enjoyed the new characters that are introduced. They helped to bring an outside perspective to the main characters as well as provide some of their own back story with twists and turns.

Lady Midnight is all together a great book filled with laughter, sorrow, surprises, romance, fantasy and action. It pulls you in and leaves you wanting more, and trust me I want more. Hoping to get my hands on the next book in the series, Lord of Shadows, very soon!

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