Lady Midnight review just in time for the Lord of Shadows release.
I finally did it! I finally got around to reading this! You may or may not know, I was a huge fan of The Shadowhunter chronicles when I was younger. I used to read those series back to back, and I really loved them. I am also in the controversial minority of the fandom: I prefer The Mortal Instruments to The Infernal Devices. I know. But I love both the characters and the plot way more. Anyway, my younger self was obsessed.
However, I recently read that short story collection Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, and I hated it. It overused tropes, it was poorly written and there was little for me to grab on to. And I realized that both her series are like that. So that’s the mindset I went into this book with.
I enjoyed this book on some levels, and not so much on others. Firstly, this was a lot of fun. Clare’s books have a definite entertainment factor for me. I am not bored when I am reading, and I always have fun with them. Lady Midnight was no different. It was too long, but I was never bored throughout.
Next, I really enjoyed these characters. I liked the glimpse of them I got in the short story collection, and this sealed the deal for me. I love Julian and I love that Clare decided to shy away from her broody, damaged male lead in this. Julian is kind and caring, but he is also a good fighter and I really enjoyed his character, especially when it came to his interactions with his family. However, Clare has to have a brave to the point of stupidity kind of character, who is the best Shadowhunter that ever was. It’s a given. Enter Emma. While I did like that we got a heroine who isn’t clueless about the Shadowhunter world, Emma mostly got on my nerves. Which basically leaves us with the Clary-Jace/Tessa-Will dynamic, only gender swapped. Sigh.
As for the other characters, some were developed more and better than others. I liked Christina as a character, although I feel we just got a “rough draft” of her full on character, and that’s what I am looking forward to in the next book. Also, my absolute favorite character is Ty. I loved how different he was and I loved every single thing about him, and I would gladly read a book just about him. Mark was also an interesting character, different from the others by just being a different character than what Clare usually writes. So I really liked him as well. Also, Malcolm, who is the resident warlock was also an interesting character and I found him to be funny and charming. All the other characters were kind of bland and underdeveloped.
Which leads me to my next point, and that is that the characterization isn’t anything spectacular. It’s kind of forced and artificial, with an overuse of tropes and cliches. I also found the plot to be really predictable. I figured out “the bad guy” pretty early on. Also, this book is over 600 pages long FOR NO PURPOSE AT ALL. The plot doesn’t progress, the characters don’t for progress, and the world building is non existent. It consists of 10 pages of info dumping in the beginning. SO why I have a book with all those pages and then proceed to cram the action into the last couple of pages. It’s insane. Also, the whole book was in service of the Julian-Emma romance and it was kind of pushed into our face so that was annoying as well.
Oh and the cameos of characters from previous books are so forced and fake and just had no purpose. I mean fine, I like to see Jace, but make it at least somewhat reasonable and not just like oh yeah Jace is here for your viewing pleasure. The writing is lazy in that sort of way and it’s a light motive throughout her books in general. This was no different.
Overall, it was fun. I liked the characters, and didn’t care much for the plot. Obviously, I am interested in reading on with the series, but The Dark Artifices aren’t really what I am looking forward to from Clare, it’s The Last Hours.
Would I recommend? Sure, if you can handle all the stuff I mentioned previously, I’d say this is good fun, and I am looking forward to the rest of the series.
Final rating: 3 stars
How bout you? Have you read this? Any thoughts on it? How do you feel about the rest of the Shadowhunter books? Most importantly, TMI or TID? Chat with me in the comments!
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