Title: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: March 8, 2016
Two Sentence Synopsis: For five years, Emma Carstairs has been obsessed with finding her parents’ murderer. After multiple murders around LA that mimic her parents’ death, Emma is given the opportunity to learn the truth.
Review: It took me so long to actually read this book. Almost 2 years, to be exact. That’s how long it took me to be able to get it from the library. The wait was worth it, though.
If you haven’t read Cassandra Clare’s other Shadowhunter books (The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices being the two main series), it isn’t a huge issue. Characters from both TMI and TID are talked about and do make appearances, and it’s helpful to know these characters already, but not 100% necessary.
This book explores completely new territory within the vibrant urban fantasy world that Clare created. She includes neuroatypical characters and characters with mental illnesses, as well as exploring how different children react to a guardian suffering from severe mental illness. In a society even more unfriendly to anything less than neurotypical than our own, I enjoyed reading how these characters and the characters around them handled their situation. Plus, two important characters are Mexican and speak Spanish several times throughout the book.
Lady Midnight mainly focuses on Emma Carstairs’ point-of-view, giving the overall book a sense of consistency, but we occasionally get to peak into the minds of half fey Mark Blackthorn, Emma’s best friend and parabatai Julian Blackthorn, and Emma’s new friend Cristina Mendoza-Rosales. Each of these pivotal characters are fascinating in their own way, with their individual histories and how they react to the major and minor conflicts in the novel.
If you’re looking for something fun to read with interesting and diverse characters, I recommend checking out Cassandra Clare’s Lady Midnight.