It was many and many a year ago, In a kingdom by the sea, That a maiden there lived whom you may know, By the name of Annabel Lee..
I previously read The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare, so I was more or less familiar with the Shadowhunter’s world. However, I was still a bit concerned to read Lady Midnight, since I didn’t read the Mortal Instruments series. I thought I would miss some of the important info and will not be able to catch up. But it was actually fine, Cassandra did a great job in providing the background story was needed to fully get what was going on.
Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn are Shadowhunters and Parabatai, meaning they are knotted together, and promised to be each other’s companions/best friends, fight side by side, protect each other always. By this very antique Shadowhunter’s law Parabatai are forbidden to fall in love (now, guess what happens!). Julian is only 17 years old, but he had to grow up fast since he is the only person who can take care of his four little brothers and sisters. He carries this weight of responsibility on his shoulders, trying to do his best in keeping his family together. Emma in the other hand seeks for revenge. She believes that her parent’s murderer is still out there, and she must find out what happened five years ago. Obviously, the grown-ups do not believe her, thinking that she should accept the “official version” of what happened and move on. It appears that Emma and Julian are alone in this world and can count only on each other.
Meanwhile, there are mysterious murders happen in Los Angeles. Some people and faeries are cruelly killed, the bodies covered with unknown signs, all appears to be some sort of demonic ritual. Moreover, the murder of Emma’s parents seems to connect to it too. The case turns even more complicated when the faeries offer them a deal, they have two weeks to find the murderer, if they not succeed, Julian’s brother Mark (who was a prisoner in the Faerie Court for years) will never return home. Moreover, if the situation is not complicated enough, did I mention that the Shadowhunters are not allowed to have any business in a faerie business? That means they have to solve the case in secret. Therefore, no help is coming and no one can be trusted. Can Emma and Julian work this out?
I must say that I loved this book! The story was intriguing and captivating, the characters were lovable and amazing, there were few very shocking moments and the main mystery was unexpected, I didn’t see it coming at all.
I loved how Julian was so loyal to his family, that he puts their happiness before his. This book celebrates all the good things that we have in life, family, friendship, love, loyalty, honesty, understanding and accepting our loved ones the way they are.
The ending? Come on! Cannot wait to see what happens next. I got a feeling that someone’s heart will be broken…