[FRIDAY FIRSTS] Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

I was in search of a Friday meme article and came across this one over at Tenacious Reader’s blog and fell in love at the spot.


| What kind of article is Friday Firsts? |

It will feature the first few sentences/paragraph of my current book and my first impressions as well. It’s meant to be a quick and easy way to share a bit about what I am reading, and I would love to hear others join in sharing their current reads as well.

The format is really simple. Include a quote. Include first impressions, it will not be a long drawn out analysis of the text or grand speculation of what is to come. Just a brief overview of how I’m feeling about the beginning of the book.


| Today’s Book |

lady midnightLady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
#1 in the Dark Artifices trilogy
Genre: Young adult fantasy
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on March 8th, 2016
Pages: 720

About Lady Midnight:

In a kingdom by the sea…
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?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.

| Prologue |

Los Angeles, 2012

Shadow market nights were Kit’s favorite. They were the nights he was allowed to leave the house and help his father at the booth. He’d been coming to the Shadow Market since he was seven years old. Eight years later he still felt the same sense of shock and wonder when he walked down Kendall Ally through Old Town Pasadena toward a blank brick wall- and stepped through it into an explosive world of color and light.

Only a few blocks away were Apple Stores selling gadgets and laptops, Cheesecake Factories and organic food markets, American Apparel shops and trendy boutiques. But here the alley opened out into a massive square, warded on each side to prevent the careless from wandering into the Shadow Market.

| First Impressions |

This is a re-read for me since I read LM for the first time right after its release in 2016. In preparation of the release of Queen of Air and Darkness on December 4th, I decided to reread Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows. I’m buddy reading this book with my friends Candyce and Isabelle from @the Book Dutchesses.

The first time reading this book, back in March 2016, I had some minor issues about the first part of it, since it felt like some pages weren’t really necessary to my understanding at the time. In general, I really loved the first book in the dark artifices trilogy though, because towards the end it really took off and Clare took control of it and showed us yet again what a great writer she is.

This time around, I find myself emerged into this world and story right away and loving every second of it. That’s why I love re-reading books so much; it’s much easier to get aquatinted again with a world this complex and characters this diverse. I understand more of the depth and background of the story-line and characters now, as I did the first time around. So this re-read, so far, has been awesome and I can’t wait to finish it, re-read Lord of Shadows and eventually read the new release.


What are you reading right now and did it start out good or not? What are your first thoughts about your current read? Love to hear from you.

With Love,

25 thoughts on “[FRIDAY FIRSTS] Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

    1. I’ve read Penny Jordan before and really liked her stories but stories written so long ago are indeed so different to stories written today which isn’t always a positive thing, lol. Glad to hear you’re liking the start of the second story better already, happy reading!

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    1. Thank you! I’m so loving this re-read so far. She’s one of my faves but there are definitely a lot of readers out there as well who don’t like her books or only specific ones. In general, I love them all. I do have my favorites, but who wouldn’t have favorites when you’re reading so many diverse books set in different times and such, but I just can’t get enough of her writing. I love re-reading so much! What authors do you like to re-read?


    1. Thank you so so much! I have to make do at the moment because I have a free WordPress theme. But I’ve already bought myself a new WP theme but I can’t install it yet until I’ve purchased the Business account of WP which I’ll be doing somewhere in January. So then, I’ll be changing things up a bit hihi.

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    1. It’s quite an extended world building indeed. Especially since there are already 9 books published prior to this one and 2 books that are stuffed with novella’s set in this world. It’s quite a commitment if you have to start reading all of them yet haha.


    1. Personally signed? That’s sooo cool! I got an autograph in this one as well – all of the first hardcover editions received her autograph which is so cool I think. Haven’t had the opportunity to go meet her yet since she isn’t in Europe that often and when she is, I wasn’t able to travel there unfortunately. She’s been one of my all-time favorite authors for years now and meeting her is really high up on my bucket list. These books are everything to me ❤ But pleaaaase don’t postpone reading it haha it’s so good! The Dark Artifices books are one of the best she’s written so far.


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