Book 1, The Dark Artifices
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The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling 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.
From Publishers Weekly
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TDA book 1
To start this review off, I think the major point of this book is "Those who follow the rules miss all the fun". Lady Midnight is a great start to the Dark Artifacts trilogy. Like all of the other shadow hunter novels this book holds Clare's trademarks- forbidden love, parabatai, demons, Magnus, and a few character cameos from TID and TMI. This book was instantly familiar and I loved seeing the grown up versions of Jules and Emma (plus the aftermath of the Dark War). The storyline is fast paced with plenty of action and kissing. However, if you are reading this book for the same level of high stakes and bloody battles as the last few books of TMI I'm sorry to tell you that this book is not going to give you that. This book is very similar to TDI. Basically it follows the relationships between the characters more than their actual mission.
Fight the urge
I'm trying so hard not to buy this right now because if I did it would be like lighting temptation in my face and running away. A lot of people are annoyed at Cassie because she keeps writing books about shadowhunters but if they had put in that much effort into a world they would keep writing in it too, so shut up. I loved Clary's story and Tessa's, now I'm excited for Emma's. I'm hoping that, since this is years later, Jace and Clary are married or getting married and Izzy and Simon too. Although I known it won't focus on the TMI characters since this is Emma's story and all but I'm hoping for some adorable CLACE, SIZZY and MALEC. Cassie is extremely talented so I have no doubt she can pull it off.
I'm am so trying not to buy this book and I can't wait either I am also excited for the show to
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- Level: Grades 9 and Above
- Category: Fantasy
- Published: Mar 08, 2016
- Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
- Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
- Print Length: 720 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, The Dark Artifices