• Page Count: 698
  • Release Date: March 8, 2016
  • My Rating: 5 stars

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?




Emma and Julian were just so wonderful and totally broke my heart. But the romance was still a bit anticlimactic for me. I actually had to go back to figure out (view spoiler). But this was by far the best out of any of her books so far! If TID only got better as it went, I’m super excited to see what the next book does.

And I absolutely loved all of the adorable siblings Julian was raising (and that whole side of his character’s struggles), but can we take a moment to appreciate Ty?! He’s on the spectrum, but it’s never once labeled or viewed as something “wrong,” it’s not his whole identity, and he gets to play a complete role as a strong character. This was wonderful to see and I appreciated all of the diversity in this book so much!

Basically this was an awesome read and I completely recommend it even if you’ll never read the other Shadowhunter books. The slow-burn romance, the characters who are complex people with some depth, the action-packed plot, the variety of obstacles everyone faces… it all works. I know I said nothing about the story, but I went into this without knowing anything and really appreciated that. So I’ll just say give this a shot even if you couldn’t get into the other Shadowhunter books!

And to everyone else who hyped this thing up like mad: THANK YOU. Totally worth it.


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