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Emma Carstairs is one of the best Shadowhunters of her generation and together with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorne, they patrol a Los Angeles that is on the brink of war. When the bodies of humans and fairies are found with the same mysteries markings that Emma's parents were found dead with, an uneasy alliance is formed, giving Emma the chance for the revenge she's always wanted and for Julian to see his brother, Mark, again for the first time in years. Now, all they have to do is solve the murder in two weeks, and just hope the murderer doesn't make them the next target.
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare is the first book in her new series, The Dark Artifices, and it's an excellent return to the world of Shadowhunters. It has so much going for it! The characters are great additions to the world, from the leads to the supporting characters. Emma and Julian make great parabatai, and I really felt for them from beginning to end. I also liked getting to know Julian's family, especially Ty, whose autism is portrayed quite accurately. By the way, Mark's return and interactions with the main cast are priceless. The characters really make this story. Now, that's not to say anything else was lacking because it absolutely was not. I loved getting a look at the new side of the Shadow World in Los Angeles. By the way, Clary and company have a cameo appearance, and plus there's even a bonus short story featuring some old favorites.
Overall, you absolutely need to read Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, if you are a fan of the world of Shadowhunters. You can certainly read it without previous knowledge of the world, but it's much more rewarding to be familiar with the rest of the author's work. Book two, Lord of Shadows can't come soon enough!
I read this book from April 28 - May 5, 2016 and my review is also on Goodreads.