Five years after the conclusion of the Clary/Jace saga, Clare continues the Shadowhunters’ story with a now teenage Emma Carstairs and her parabati, Julian. Though it is forbidden, Emma and Julian develop feelings for one another and must hide their love from the Clave. What’s more, grotesque murders are occurring around the city, murders directed at fairies, and ones which the Shadowhunters would rather ignore. But details of the killings remind Emma of her parents’ brutal end, and she cannot help but want to find out more. Together, she and Julian entangle themselves in a deadly, secret investigation, all the while fighting their true feelings for each other.
After having read all of Clare’s other series, I thought I was done with the Shadowhunters for a while. Wrong. Though at first this book just seemed like Clare was trying to recreate the Mortal Instruments, Lady Midnight really did stand up for herself, so to speak. This book has so much action and drama — grisly murders, forbidden love, a ghostly love story, and an epic revenge quest. Plus, I like Emma way more than I ever liked Clary. If you’re a Shadowhunter fan, don’t miss this start of this new series. If you’re not a fan, jump on now!
*YALSA Best Books for Young Adults (Nominee, 2016)
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