Series: The Dark Artifices #1
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, young adult
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Purchase at: Amazon
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.
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?
The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.
How do you write a review on a book that is near perfection? It is quite the challenge. This book is written so very well, A+ to the characters, the plot, the sub plots. All is fantastically done! So with this book what it comes down to is the little things but first the synopsis:
This book has been sitting on my shelf for three months. I have looked at it and looked at it. To read or not to read was my question. Well as part of my TBR for June I put this book on there because it forced me to read it. I know many of you are like “forced?” whhaaaat? Yes, forced because Cassandra Clare is an amazing writer but the storylines have elements that tend to drive me a little bonkers. I will warn you that there may be some spoilers below BUT I will try to keep them as generic as possible.
Ok, I know this is a YA book and I get that but one thing that left me going hmmm was that CC has the most amazing attention to detail but when two characters entered into a sex scene I honestly had no idea. The scene was written as “her hand cupped the bare skin above his waistband of his jeans,” (notice above implying jeans on) then it goes on about his need yada yada and then something is happening, not quite sure BUT there is no mention of any clothes coming off. Ummm, what? When did he take his clothes off? Is she at least partly naked? I had to go back and read and ask myself “Did someone just have sex?” Honesty I am reading the scene again and I am still wondering were they just kissing?? I know they had sex because they remarked on it later, so ½ star off for scenes like this. I get it YA and all, but if you are going to have lots of M/F action, M/M action and then discussion about the sex going on, well make the scenes a bit more detailed so that I do not miss what just happened.
Why the other ½ star off? A bazillion love triangles. Everyone had one; I think they were giving them away, two for the price of one. There were even love triangles being created artificially. Not my cup of tea, just too many triangles going on. The final part of my feelings on this book is that I was not in love with anyone of the characters. Yep, let the hate mail start now. After reading this book I was thinking about it and the only emotions I felt was disgust and resentment for how the story ended…nooooooo, say it isn’t soooooooo. I did not love a certain character so much that I had, just had to, read the next book in the series; there is no real drive to find out what else happens. The cliffhanger provided me with a really pretty view and it is beautiful. Unfortunately, the trip to get there was just long and I kept tripping over love triangles and missing turns because they were not marked properly.
My final thoughts: An amazingly written fantasy with many well developed characters. The story will grip you and it is fast paced, hold on to your seat! This is going to be fantastic series with many die-hard fans! I recommend for anyone looking for a good fantasy series that has angels, fae, demons, and the occasional vampire.