2 stars

Cassandra Clare – Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)

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?
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RATING

The 2 i gave this book is a well meaning one because I didn’t like it at all. If I have to be honest I didn’t like the last 3 books from the Mortal Instruments series either, but still decided to give this one a chance. A lot of people ‘ hate’ on this book because they think the author overused the shadowhunters world. I personally don’t agree with this, I think the world Cassandra Clare created still has an insane amount of potential. My problems lay elsewhere.

First let’s see the things I liked. I would start with the cover. it absolutely beautiful, inviting, shiny and expressive. A perfect cover for the book. I also liked the basic story however predicable it is. It is an exciting, thrilling and eventful chase. Unfortunately, there is so much dragged out drama misery from the characters surrounding it that it physically hurts to read after a while. I got a headache. The characters took teenager drama to the next level. This was one of my serious problems with the book. For me their dramatic and suffering demeanor took away from the story, made it less enjoyable.

As I mentioned earlier I still love the world the author created. How there is an invisible society working behind the scenes yet in a perfect symbiosis with the modern, normal human world. In this book we see more of the other species too, other than the shadowhunters. Their world is more layered and complex with a lot of variations. it is also interesting how Cassandra Clare tried to incorporate the human technologic advances into the hunters methods and life with internet searches and such. Perhaps this innovation of hers is not the best executed on so far but an interesting try. The presence and use of technology just felt out of place and honestly useless in regards of the storyline.

For the characters there is a lot of new and divers one. Unluckily, only the main characters get a substantial depth and detail personality to them. Most of the others only mentioned in a superficial way. Even so I think some of them have a more interesting storyline and presence behind them.

As for Emma, I hated her. She is strong and talented but for me she was the worst thing in the book. She is so arrogant and full of herself. She thinks she know everything better that then other. She goes after her first thought without thinking of the consequences of her actions. Her behavior and arrogance pissed me of so much. She also has a dramatic flair. She makes a lot of stupid decisions and does everything driven by revenge. Don’t even mention her feelings for Julian. I really couldn’t understand how adults could let them make the parapatai bon so young when they can’t really grasp the possible future consequences of it. They were too young to make such an important and life alerting choice especially after a traumatic event. Not to mention this whole love between them came out of the blue, one moment they are just childhood friends the next they are head over heels in love?

Julian is a sweet, understanding, kind and artistic soul. He is more level headed, cares a lot for his family and really dutiful. He has a pure personality but just fades into the background. He is nothing outstanding I could easily forget about him.
My favorite character is Mark. He is a tortured soul with conflicted emotions. His storyline is more interesting and impressive. The only thing I didn’t like about him is the pointless love triangle he creates at the end of the book.

Lady Midnight is an outstanding and passionate story, stunningly written in a complex world with a lot of fascinating character and different storylines. Sadly I didn’t like the main character and the plot overly dramatic execution so it is a no for me.

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