The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare's newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally best-selling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.
It's been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.
Together with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn't lead her in treacherous directions....
Making things even more complicated, Julian's brother, Mark - who was captured by the faeries five years ago - has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind - and they need the Shadowhunters' help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn't recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?
Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare's Dark Artifices series.
©2016 Cassandra Clare (P)2016 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
I don't have time to sit and read, but I have plenty of time to sit and listen! :)
First I have to say that Morena Baccarin, as much as I love her as an actor, I did not love her narration of this book. It was to mono-toned and she didn't grasp or create different characters for me. She was just the same voice for everyone. That takes away from a book.
So, this book could have been more awesome, with a really good narrator...even two.
With that, this is still a great book, Cassandra still delivers us great Nephalem story lines and new characters. The book introduces several so you know your not going to be stuck on just one plot line here.
What I hate... that I am going to have to wait probably a whole year for the next book. Booo!
If you loved the heroic, charming, witty characters like the ones in Mortal Instruments, you won't find them here. This book was several hours of silly teenagers mooning over each other with little storyline. It lacked everything I dearly loved about all her other books. The narrator was extremely monotone, she made the story difficult to listen to.
...then you'll love this story extension. Very well read by Morena Baccarin. A fun addictive book that had me up late at night unable to turn it off.
Author (Alison Lorimer, Soul Thief Saga), mother and adventuress! Books are my passion.
Something has changed in the writing style of these books. There's a repetition in the wording that becomes distracting.
Story is okay. Doesn't have the depth of development you see in the City books, but a good read.
This is the my favorite beginning to a series of all of Cassandra Clare's books. It is well developed and opens up so many story lines for it to continue. I can't wait for the next one!
The book was worth the wait.The tieing in of other characters from her other books who had ties to these main characters was amazing.The ending is hopefully bringing back to life a long lost love. Sad and Shadowhunter justice?
Loved it! I would recommend reading The Bane Chronicles and the Shadowhunter Academy series first as they have clues that give context to some parts. However it is still a great story.
So when you're Cassandra Clare and have such amazing original books like the Mortal Instruments series- everything is going to be compared to that. It's inevitable. I'm not going to act like this book is bad- it's not. I really like the characters. I like the kids and Mark... Not a big Emma fan. She's alright but her character is boring. There isn't a whole lot to her. The romance happened very quickly, I don't find Jules attractive. While his parenting and sacrifice is completely admirable there really isn't anything else about him I find enticing.
I honesty liked the book best when they talked about Ty and Liv and when people like Magnus, Jace, Clary, Tessa and Jen came into the picture.
It was just alright. I don't like comparing it to the other books but what else am I supposed to do? It's well written and has its funny moments but it didn't suck me in like the other shadow hunter books.... & I've read them all multiple times. I don't think I'd ever want to read this one again.
I loved the connection and chemistry between Emma and Julian. The two of them just fit and are perfect parabatai.
My favorite character was Julian. The pressure he was under just made me love him and want to jump into the page and help him.
Everything Cassandra Clare writes just pulls me in and doesn't let go. From chapter one until the last word, I am always hooked and it keeps me up at night.
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