Lady Midnight is the first in the new Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare but it continues with the entire Shadowhunter world from the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series. The main characters in Lady Midnight were first introduced in the last of the Mortal Instruments series as young children and now five years has passed in which they’ve grown and trained and become the new generation of Shadowhunters. This could be read as a standalone series but a reader would be missing the ties from earlier novels and would probably be best to start with the other series.
Emma Carstairs had never believed her parents were victims of the Dark War but the Clave had refused to investigate further into their murders. When Emma comes across a lead that involves faerie activity Emma, Julian Blackthorn and the other Blackthorn siblings begin to investigate on their own since the Clave prohibits for Shadowhunters to have any involvement in the faerie world after the Dark War.
Lady Midnight was one of those books that I was highly looking forward to reading having enjoyed all of the other Shadowhunter novels but I was hoping it wouldn’t end up disappointing me when I did. Thankfully that was not at all a problem, if anything it’s possibly a little better than those before it.
The characters in the series were all quite likable. Emma was incredibly strong and determined. Julian has had to age way beyond his years to keep his family together which just breaks this readers heart. The rest of the Blackthorn siblings and new characters to the story all had their own personalities and different reasons to root and care for them.
With all of the Shadowhunter world the books seem to follow some sort of loose formula but there’s never a moment that I feel anything repetitive to the plot. Events in the stories never fail to shock or entertain me. Always full of twists and turns to keep a reader engaged all throughout the read. And even with this particular book being over 700 pages I was never once bored with the story.
I have to say I’m a huge fan of this series and the ones before it and do hope the books continue on for years to come. I’d say to those that complain with Ms. Clare continuing on with the Shadowhunter world, please just find something else to read and let the rest of us dive back into this world as often as she let’s us.
Overall, yes, I would definitely recommend, this book will be on my top reads of 2016 and can’t wait to read the next in the series.