Lady Midnight is a young adult urban fantasy novel by Cassandra Clare. It is the first book in The Dark Artifices, which is chronologically fourth in The. Lady Midnight is the first novel in the The Dark Artifices trilogy written by The book is told from different points of view, namely: Emma, Julian, Cristina, Kit, Mark . Start by marking “Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)” as Want to Read: 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.
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The characters visit a number of places in LA. Check a page labeled Notes on the Text to learn which places are real and which are imagined. Loyalty and love of family and friends are key here. And as an extension of that, standing up for and protecting those who face discrimination, either because of having mixed blood faerie and human or for not being neurotypical autism. Also, unjust laws are questioned and not followed often.
The Clave's philosophy: The law is hard, but it is the law. The Blackthorn family philosophy: A bad law is no law. Much is made of Julian's sacrifice, raising his four younger siblings starting at age He's the steady, responsible one compared with Emma, who's more impulsive and driven mostly by revenge for her parents' deaths.
Tiberius, Julian's younger brother, is autistic though a label isn't overtly given. He's fully drawn as an individual with sensitivities as well as strengths. With intense battles against demons and strange cult activity involving murders and spells, Lady Midnight gets gory.
People are killed with hands chopped off, zombie-like creatures get their heads chopped off with swords, dead bodies show up covered in bloody graffiti, a boy watches his father ripped apart by demons.
One detail in an intense demon battle describes slashing open their "bulging white eyes. Characters are whipped until they pass out. A young boy is kidnapped and drugged. A whole group of people sits silently because all their necks have been broken. Mentions of a woman walled up in a tomb alive by her own family, of a main character killing his own father in a possessed state to save the rest of his family, of a mother dying of bone cancer years earlier, and of another character tortured physically and emotionally.
Characters in their late teens have sex, but only intense kissing and groping are described, and there's a mention the next day that birth control was covered there's a special Shadowhunter Rune for that.
Other couples -- straight, gay, and bisexual -- kiss passionately. A mention of syphilis. Mentions of iPhones, the movie Notting Hill , and the Avengers franchise. Older teen Shadowhunters walk into bars and nightclubs where people are drinking wine and champagne, and there's one mention of a woman smoking.
Parents need to know that Lady Midnight is Book 1 of the Dark Artifices series and part of a much larger Shadowhunters franchise. It includes six books in the Mortal Instruments series that takes place a few years before this series starts, three books in the Infernal Devices series that take place in the Victorian era, a movie City of Bones , and a TV show Shadowhunters.
So most teens will already know quite a bit about this fantasy world full of Shadowhunters -- those with some angel blood who fight demons and sometimes faeries, warlocks, werewolves, and vampires. It helps to read the Mortal Instruments series before starting the Dark Artifices, but it isn't completely necessary.
This series has always been for mature teen readers, because of both the level of violence and the sexual content. People are killed with hands chopped off, zombie-like creatures get their heads chopped off with swords, dead bodies show up covered in bloody graffiti, and a boy watches his father ripped apart by demons.
These Shadowhunters also come with lots of baggage they must constantly sort through -- parents killed, horrors of battle witnessed at too young an age. Main characters have sex, not described beyond passionate kissing, and there's lots of that.
As in the rest of the series, author Cassandra Clare offers all kinds of romance: Couples -- straight, gay, and bisexual -- kiss passionately.
She also brings in a character on the autism spectrum who's well drawn, showing his sensitivities as well as his many strengths. Add your rating See all 2 parent reviews. Add your rating See all 14 kid reviews.
When a dead body turns up in Los Angeles, Emma Carstairs is anxious to investigate. It's soaked in seawater, burned, and covered in a demon language she can't read -- looking just like the bodies of her parents, found years before. Her parents' deaths had been considered casualties of the last big Shadowhunter war, case closed according to the Clave Shadowhunters' governing body , but Emma always knew someone else killed them.
At a secret Shadow Market, she gets a hint about where another body will be found, leading her to a secret LA cult filled with Downworlders. So much of what she's investigating is forbidden by the Clave, leading her parabatai Julian and his whole family at the L. Institute on a precarious path. It's a path made more dangerous when a convoy of faeries shows up, offering Julian's half-faerie brother, Mark, in exchange for them handing over the killer.
While Julian wants his brother back at any cost, two problems arise: Contact with the faerie world is also forbidden after they sided with the enemy in the war, and Emma will not be handing over the killer to anyone. She's determined to have her revenge. Fans of the series who want more forbidden love with a demon-hunting backdrop will adore this start of a new series; those out for something fresh will be disappointed.
Emma and Julian make a great star-crossed pair, just like Jace and Clary and Tessa and Will, but spending thousands of pages getting those other two couples together finally! Lovelornness aside, there's also a big reveal about Julian's real role at the LA Institute that doesn't quite work.
Most readers will suspect this big secret much earlier -- and will wonder why they put the clues together before Emma did. Cutting that part out would make Lady Midnight a more digestible length and get us all to the fantastically culty-creepy climactic action faster.
That's when the book is finally full of surprises. Is it a surprise to see these characters depicted? Why, or why not?
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Magnus and Alec are winning heroes. Clare is no stranger to weaving political themes into her work. Her previous series, The Dark Artifices, dealt heavily with an extremist faction that seized control of the government, plumbing morally gray areas of ideological dissent.
This book is breezier by far than the heavier themes of that novel, while still willingly engaging with themes of acceptance, loneliness, sexual identity, and more.
More than anything, the novel is a rip-roaring adventure merged with a satisfying romance — one that feels like a serial adventure of yore, complete with lush European settings and a dash of orgiastic magical Venetian parties with masks to shake things up. Clare and Chu raise the stakes for both Magnus and Alec, allowing readers to see what laid the foundation of their love, while never losing that breathless sense of adventure that makes their story so fun to read.
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. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?
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