Everyone has heard of Cassandra Clare’s huge Shadowhunters franchise. With 3 serieses, a tv show, and a series of short stories, you would think that Cassandra Clare is out of ideas. Well, you’re wrong. Introducing The Dark Artifices, yet another series in the world of shadowhunters. In the first book of the series, Lady Midnight, there is yet another forbidden love story, love triangle, and epic battle. This particular book follows Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn, sworn best friends, who find themselves falling in love. However, their love is denied by the shadowhunter government, the Clave. Big surprise. On top of all that, someone is murdering Downworlders (lesser creatures compared to shadowhunters, such as faeries, werewolves, vampires, and warlocks), and it seems like the culprit is the same person responsible for killing Emma’s parents. Wow, the villain is suspected to be connected to protagonist’s tragic past, yet again. As you can tell, Lady Midnight is very similar to Cassandra Clare’s previous books.
The reason I gave Lady Midnight a 3 rather than a lower score is because although Cassandra Clare has kept her storyline the same, she has evolved as an author. This book has more details, visualization, and intricate and overlapping storylines than any other shadowhunter book. I enjoyed reading Lady Midnight, but considering I have read all the shadowhunter books, I found the plot a little overused.
I would recommend Lady Midnight to any shadowhunter fan who wants a book similar to the previous books, but not to a fan looking for something new.