Paperback, 669 Pages
YA/ Paranormal/ Fantasy
By: Cassandra Clare
“No one is ever the villain of their own story.”
City of Bones ★★★ 1/2
City of Ashes ★★ 1/2
City of Glass ★★★ 3/4
Clockwork Angel ★★★ 1/2
Clockwork Prince ★★★ 3/4
Clockwork Princess ★★★★ 1/2
City of Fallen Angels ★★
City of Lost Souls ★★ 1/2
City of Heavenly Fire ★★★★ 1/4
The Shadowhunters Codex ★★★
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy ★★★ 1/2
Lady Midnight ★★★★
Lady Midnight happens to be the first book I ever bought by Cassandra Clare a few years ago. I thought that her different trilogies are not connected and I heard about people starting with this one and I always had a good feeling about it so I simply bought it one day. I soon discovered it would not be wise to start with it and that I have to go through the series. Ever since, I have read 11 books by Clare and I finally got to read this one.
I am giving this 4 stars as I felt it was a pretty good book. In fact, this one is the strongest start of a new trilogy so far and it is my 3rd favorite book in this world. I felt that Cassie’s usual magic was present in this book but that she also grew as a writer and that is something that I will always appreciate. The fact that the story starts in City of Heavenly Fire made this easier to get into and it makes reading the previous a necessity!
I think Cassie’s prose is good and specially for a younger audience because it is very accessible. There is a mix of humor with action and romance and mythology and seriousness too. I think that the integration of a real life poem in the story and even making all the chapter names parts of the poem is just amazing!
“Being told that love is forbidden does not kill love. It strengthens it.”
As to the story itself, it follows Emma Carstair’s journey of discovering who killed her parents 5 years ago. That’s why the vibes in this story were a bit different from the previous books as it felt like a mystery/ thriller set in a fantasy world. It was interesting though that I finished the 660 Pages in 3 days.
I also love Clare’s efforts to write diverse characters whether we are talking about their nationality to their appearance and even their sexuality! I liked the inclusion of Latinx and bisexual characters and I really appreciated the inclusion of a character in the autism spectrum. Emma as a protagonist is much more tolerable than Clary and I can say the same about Julian when compared to Jace. I loved that there is focus on family here because it is quite a big family and they are all unique in their own way which reminds me of my own family. Cristina is probably my favorite character so far but it looks that this series will unravel all kind of secrets about the characters which may change my mind. If you want to know more about the characters then I recommend checking Melanie’s review because we have very similar thoughts about the shadowhunters world in general!
The world building is not very different from the earlier books as it is a continuation of the series so there was not much to add here but I loved that the characters were more oriented to technology and used it more in their life.
“As long as there is love and memory, there is no true death.”
Summary: A pretty solid introduction to TDA trilogy with a mysterious vibe to the story. I like the characters and the plot. The writing and world were familiar and easy to navigate which made this an easy read. I am looking forward to whatever comes next specially with those last couple of chapters and epilogue. I thought that I would get bored from the Shadowhunters world more easily but it looks like the more I read and the more I see how everything is connected, I appreciate Clare’s way of thinking and I want more of this world!