If someone would have told me a year ago that Cassandra Clare was going to write another series about Shadowhunters that I adored just as much as I did her 1800s version, The Infernal Devices, I would have laughed in her face. It’s no secret to the blogging community that I wasn’t a huge fan of The Mortal Instruments. I could never get into it. But Lady Midnight in Cassandra Clare’s The Dark Artifices blew my socks off.
I know I’m late in reviewing this, I should have read it when it first came out, but I was almost afraid to. After all, could anything even come close to how much I adored Will Herondale and Tessa Gray in the Clockwork Angel?
Answer is yes. This book could come close.
I’m going to skip the part where I tell you about the book because chances are, you’ve already heard to some extent, but I’ll give you the two-or-three sentence story summary. Emma Carstair’s parents died a horrific death when she was young, and despite the Clave’s demands that she and her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, stay far away from the cases of similar deaths popping up, they investigate. But this time, things are different. And Emma and Julian’s friendship is beginning to morph into something the clave forbids…
Lady Midnight was an absolutely incredible read! I wasn’t sure if I’d love Julian when the book first began because he sounded so soft and (to be honest) weak. But evidently I’m the one who’s weak. Because the second Julian came onto the scene, I went:
Julian was a brilliant character with so much depth it was hard to keep up with him. Cassandra Clare really went all-out with him, the same way I feel she went all-out with Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices.
The writing, as always, was beautiful. The scenes just came to life. The characters each had their own problems which gave them so much beauty and depth. But of course, the thing I loved the most, was the love story between Julian and Emma.
That was another reason I didn’t want to read this book. I knew it was going to be tricky to write a love story between parabatai because how was Cassandra Clare going to make it feel natural? It’s not like they could both just be slammed with the feels. They’d known each other for so long, and there’s a rich history of parabatai that never fell in love with each other. So how was she going to do it???
Brilliantly. That’s all I can say.
The plot was genius. We’ve seen the “bad men just want power” plot (I’m not saying it’s bad, Heaven knows I’ve employed it) and Cassandra Clare actually stayed away from it. The villain isn’t predictable, though maybe Cassandra made him a little too likable. But he had good reason for doing what he was doing–not saying it was okay…but he had his reasons.
The ending definitely left me nearly sobbing (not really but kind of) because of how badly I want to read the next book! I freaked out when I saw it was already up on Amazon…only to discover it’d be released NEXT FREAKING YEAR. I’m dying here. But don’t worry, fair readers, I’m getting the book DAY-OF-RELEASE this time so I can read + review it the next day (because I will read it all in one day).
In all, Lady Midnight needs a good 4 stars, and I so wish I could give it 5, but this is why:
If you’ve read my blog a good bit, you know I don’t support same-sex marriage. Yep. And if this is your first time reading it, don’t worry, I know some of you are going to unfollow my blog and stop reading my reviews, but hey, you came here for my opinion so here it is:
I’m almost okay with gay elements as long as they’re implied, not really seen. If that’s how it was in Lady Midnight, I could have given it 5 stars, but it wasn’t.
Please forgive the rant.
THE MAIN REASON I’M MAD ABOUT THE GAY ELEMENTS IN THIS BOOK:
In The Infernal Devices, Will (one of the characters–a gorgeous and the best character) tells another that the Bible is the Shadowhunter code. It’s kind of their Law, even though the Clave makes extra Laws.
Okay, Cassandra. So how does gay marriage fit in with Biblical scripture? It doesn’t. We’re told some pretty scary things, actually.
So if the Bible is the Shadowhunter code, as we’ve been told, then they’re breaking that code by a Shadowhunter being in love with another man! And then the other Shadowhunters don’t think anything of it. They’re just like, “Man, we’re so sorry for presuming that you were straight. Serves me right for assuming.”
If this hadn’t been a book about Shadowhunters, whose entire beings are founded in Biblical truths (though Cassandra skirts the subject in the novels whenever possible), then I could understand there being gay elements to please the gay audience as well. I get it, there’s a lot of gay men out there who’d love to read more about a Shadowhunter gay man, but that shouldn’t matter. Because according to The Infernal Devices, the Bible is their rulebook.
They’re breaking that rulebook. And no one cares.
People out there who don’t like gay romances, there absolutely is one in Lady Midnight. And it’s gross. Well, it grossed me out. I had to skip all those chapters and pretty much pretend it didn’t happen. Not fun.
So there’s my review in a nutshell.
Seriously. If you liked The Infernal Devices, go check out The Dark Artifices.
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