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Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)

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Los Angeles. It’s been five years since the events of the Mortal Instruments when Nephilim stood poised on the brink of oblivion and Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs lost her parents. After the blood and violence she witnessed as a child, Emma has dedicated her life to to discovering exactly what it was that killed her parents and getting her revenge.

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Hardcover, 786 pages
Expected publication: March 8th 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Lily Poo
Mar 04, 2014 Lily Poo marked it as to-read
Jesus the book isn't even out yet and you guys are trashing it already. Seriously, wait at least until it comes out, read it and THEN give your opinion. Right now it's just useless and pissing all of us fans off. She's not milking this. If she really just wanted more money, she wouldn't work so hard on all of this beautiful material she's creating for US. FOR US. She doesn't have to do this, she could be working as a doctor or a lawyer and making money. And if you think those two jobs are harder ...more
Dec 04, 2013 Shobana marked it as to-read
Good God, I don't understand why people are complaining so much about the fact that Cassandra Clare is writing a new series. That's what authors do: write. And so what if she bases a new series in the same world as a past one? Honestly, I liked The Infernal Devices better than TMI. TDA is going to be in a new setting. The MC won't be Clary, who I have never liked that much anyway. Give Cassandra Clare a chance. I don't feel like she's "killing" the Shadowhunter world or something. She's only mak ...more
Apr 26, 2015 Kiki marked it as no-frakkin-way

I have absolutely HAD IT with this comments thread. From now on, any posted comments will be TOTALLY IGNORED by me. Everyone else is welcome to contribute, and be my guest if you want to duke it out, but don't expect me to even give it the dignity of a glance. I am henceforth and forevermore not interested.

I should not have to justify this tiny tidbit of inconsequential text to legions of Cassandra Clare's fans who have been DISGRACEFULLY rude to me, over and
Shreya (CCReviews)
Jun 23, 2013 Shreya (CCReviews) marked it as to-read
Shelves: need-it
**UPDATE** 6/23/13: WAIT.I'M PROBABLY REALLY LATE ON THIS BUT, DAT IS NOT THE COVER FOR THE BOOK....IS IT?!...IT BETTER NOT BE. IS IT?!?!?!?! Cause it doesn't look very put together O_O IT'S NOT. HAHA. I'M KIDDING MYSELF...haha...*nerve-wracked*

UPDATE (2013): HONESTLY PEOPLE. STOP. IT. STOP HATING BEFORE THE BOOK IS EVEN OUT. REALLY. JUST STOP. It's one thing to hate AFTER the release and after you've given it a try, and it's another to hate it before =_= And SO FRIGGIN' WHAT? SHE LIKES WRITING
Mar 19, 2012 Carmen marked it as to-read
WHY THE HELL IS everyone complaining that they think Cassie's writing more books to make cash?! True, I have my own complaints about never ending series, but when you have someone as talented as Cassie, IT KIND OF MAKES SENSE FOR HER TO WRITE MORE. Especially when many fans are ASKING FOR MORE. (ex. When everybody asked for more books in TMI series.) Honestly, I'm sure Cassie has other writing projects that she does that don't involve Shadowhunters, but I'm getting sick of biased people of judgi ...more
Vi Vi
Mar 14, 2012 Vi Vi added it
Shelves: lol
Alternative Titles:

The Shadow Hunter Saga: Separation Anxiety. Makes $$$

Mortal Instruments: I Swear I Have Other Ideas I Swear (but no really I don't lol $$$$)

Cassandra Clare: Is Gonna Milk This $$$$$ Cow til Blood Comes Out and then throw in White Dye and Sell Each Bag at an Exorbitant Price

Mortal Instruments Fans: Will Read the Same Characters and Conflicts Again and Again and Again and Again and Again and $$$$$$

The Jace Wayland/Herondale/Morgenstern/Malfoy/Jeeves: How Many Times Can Hair Dye
Nov 28, 2012 Beth marked it as to-read
Shelves: not-yet-released
Okay, I don't write many reviews for books I've read, let alone ones I haven't, but for this I will make an exception. Everyone is digging in on this book and complaining about it already. But seriously? You are writing reviews, long reviews on how much a book that you haven't even read, that isn't even out yet and wont be for years sucks? I just want to bang my head against the wall. You write paragraph and paragraphs about how you will never read this book - well, heres a CRAZY thought - how a ...more
Jun 22, 2014 Haleema marked it as to-read
Lady Midnight


Another Shadowhunter book?


This can't be happening again. I mean does, she really think she can present a fresh plot with this new series? Aww.


But who knows. Maybe Clare will surprise me. Just maybe.
May 13, 2012 Laura marked it as to-read
Let me guess: this "Julian" fellow is going to be snarky and sarcastic just like every other love interest CC has written about.

I mean, really, where do they get it from?

Sure, I LOVE when the main guy in a story is sarcastic and witty, but seriously...try something new.

And just by experience, I can already predict things that are going to happen:

1) There is going to be another love triange in which I can predict the ending FROM the first sentance.

2) CC is going to over-use certain adjective
Jun 19, 2012 Celine marked it as to-read
My reaction to Cassandra Clare's new series...


Oh yes, I was a pretty happy girl.

Oct 17, 2014 Miguel marked it as to-buy-maybe
Shelves: 2015-release
Fan-Made cover by miguelm-c (me)
Clau R.
Jan 09, 2015 Clau R. marked it as to-read

¡Era para el 2015! NOOOOO, CASSIE, NO ME HAGAS ESTO.

Feb 21, 2015 Rachel marked it as to-read
Cassie Clare is coming out with yet ANOTHER series :) I'm so excited!!

I am so happy that we got to meet the TDA characters in City of Heavenly Fire. I LOVE THEM ALL SO MUCH ALREADY.


People are getting mad and aggravated, but why judge this book so early when it hasn't even come out yet?? Relax people, save the judging for when the book comes out.

To those who judge early on:

I am so excited but a release date of FALL 2015??:

Annabel Lee
Nov 05, 2013 Annabel Lee marked it as nope
Shelves: future, modern
pls stop
Pls I'm crying here pls stop pls
Mrs. Clare, really? You already have 7 books about Shadowhunters (11 after City of Heavenly Fire, Clockwork Princess, The Shadowhunter's Codex, and Lady Midnight come out). Please, get a new idea. Shadowhunters wizards are hot and all but at least try to make a story that isn't based on your Harry Potter fan-fic that takes a riskier route rather than staying on the safe path. Honestly, I think it would be tiring to write about the same group of people over and ov
Apr 12, 2015 Etnik marked it as to-read

If this is better than The Infernal Devices I don't think I can survive this time.I am really excited about this:)

Apr 24, 2015 Booknut marked it as to-read
2016...2016... 2016 !

*Head Explodes*


*Head Explodes*
*Head Explodes*
*Head Explodes*
*Head Explodes*
*Head Explodes*
Zero vi Britannia
This Will Fail by Zero vi Britannia
Sung to "We Are Young" by FUN

Give me a second I
I need to get my brain cells straight
You say I shouldn't rate this yet
And I should just have to wait
But did see you the five star review
Why aren't you mad at that?
I think that reviewer needs to go and
Give Clare her money back
I know I gave up on Clare months ago
And now I'm trying to forget
But between prozac and adderall
Oh look there goes a shiny ball
I think I should give her a chance
So if by the time this gets publi
Apr 26, 2013 Soumi marked it as to-read
Are you fucking kidding me..she is Emma Carstairs? A Carstaires? Holy Cow..and another triangle with parabati lovers. Meet the sexy Blackthorns, Mark and Julian, only Mark is Older than Julian.
Characters : Emma Carstairs, Julian Blackthorn, Mark Blackthorn , Helen Blackthorn, Aline Penhallow

Wither thou goest, I will go;
Where thou diest, will I die
And there will I be buried:
The Angel do so to me, and more also,
if aught but death part thee and me

I got some Fan Made Lady Midnight Cover Image



Apr 01, 2013 Dana marked it as not-yet-released

Anzu The Great Destroyer
Apr 14, 2012 Anzu The Great Destroyer marked it as no-thank-you-i-dont-want-any
I thought Cassandra Clare was out of ideas while I was reading City of Fallen Angels.

I thought Cassandra Clare was milking the cash out of her poor readers while I was reading Clockwork Prince.

And now, looking at Lady Midnight, I can clearly tell that she thinks we are idiots.

But of course there are people out there who want to feed Clare's evil need to increase her revenue. You know why she stopped writing good stuff? Because of you guys paying loads of money to read her shitty books. Maybe if
Megan (Book Brats)
Apr 11, 2013 Megan (Book Brats) marked it as i-have-my-reasons
By all accounts, the Infernal Devices drastically undersold predictions. It was a MILLION copy first printing and sold roughly 90K in 2 weeks with sales since then tanking. Yet The Dark Artifices series sold to S&S for high SEVEN figures. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Cassandra Clare is taking home almost $10 million for the publication rights to a THIRD series in this universe. Fourth if you count the fact that three books were added on to the first series.

I have nothing against someone wanti
Heavens Vengence
Nov 07, 2012 Heavens Vengence marked it as to-read
You guys are total idiots! Im so outraged! Cassandra Clare hasnt even written the book yet and your already trash talking! Heres an idea, get off your lazy asses and write your own series, then try to compare it to CC's work and look at how much creativity and skill she has compared to you or at least tell her your comments face to face rather then hiding there behind that screen and trash talk a book that hasnt even been published! Havent you got any better things to do in your lousy lives than ...more
May 25, 2012 Alisha marked it as to-read

I love the Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices is one of my favorite YA series to date. Truly.

But, speaking of dates:

Is it just me or is the timeline in that summary completely ridiculous? "Five years after the brink-of-despair-whatever-events-on-Shadowhunters in Los Angles 2012? This Shadowhunter girl is trying to be the best thing "since" Jace Lightwood?"

Uhm... If I'm not mistaken, Jace Lightwood is still alive and kicking in 2012/"present-day-Los-Angeles".
Way alive and kickin
Another series within the poorly constructed world of Shadowhunters, a world which obviously is borrowed from Harry Potter?

Oh. My. Goodness.

You know what I'm trying to say here, right?

I admit I'm being very negative here, but Cassandra Clare has so far given me almost nothing to be positive when it comes to her books.
Mar 16, 2012 Lindsay marked it as to-read
My reaction to learning Cassie had a new book:

My reaction to learning this book was going to be a spinoff of TMI:

Why am I so conflicted???

Probably because I have a hard time with never ending series. I mean, a spinoff series isn't the worst thing in the world. Yes, people will accuse the author of being a 'cash cow' and yes they might in fact be a 'cash cow' but in the end, its the author's choice.

Personally, I hate it when authors do this, especially authors as talented as Cassie. I feel like
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Well ... I will read this. But right now, I kind of have mixed feelings about the idea. On one hand, it sounds pretty cool. Also, I love The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. (Although with Mortal Instruments, I felt it probably should have stopped after three books, but ... oh well.) On the other hand, I'm getting a bit concerned that Cassandra Clare will just never write anything else. I mean, not to sound disrespectful. I really enjoy her books and the whole Shadowhunter world she' ...more
Jun 07, 2015 Cas marked it as unconcerned-with
Yup. Not even going to try. It's not worth the headache.

Sep 20, 2012 Zenia marked it as to-read
AHHH! Lady Midnight is an amazing title! EMMA CARSTAIRS is an amazing name! Cannot wait!!! ;) Hold on.... SINCE Jace Lightwood? SINCE? Please Cassie... He better have just retired... D:

Hopefully Clare makes this series and it's characters unique... Yes? Ooh, hopefully throughout this book we -the faithful readers- get surprised or make connections with TMI and TID... How cool would that be? Cannot wait! Wait... I've said that already.. Oh well! ;D

I hope Tessa comes up in this series. Did you kn
Whitney Atkinson
Jan 05, 2015 Whitney Atkinson marked it as to-read
Update: 5/29/2014:
Uh so yeah
I'm a horrible crackpot theorist

I think this sounds so neat but let me point out something.


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"Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilo
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Other Books in the Series

The Dark Artifices (3 books)
  • Prince of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)
  • The Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices, #3)
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3) City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2) Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)

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“You’ve got a lot of responsibility now,” Jace said to Julian. “You’ll have to make sure Emma winds up with a guy who deserves her.”
Julian was strangely white-faced. Maybe he was feeling the effects of the ceremony, Emma thought. It had been strong magic; she still felt it sizzling through her blood like champagne bubbles. But Jules looked as if he’d been slapped.
“What about me?” Emma said, quickly. “Don’t I have to make sure Jules winds up with someone who deserves him?”
“Absolutely. I did it for Alec, Alec did it for me — well, actually, he hated Clary at first, but he came around.”
“I BET you didn’t like Magnus much, either,” said Julian, still with the same odd, stiff look on his face.
“Maybe not,” said Jace, “but I never would have said so.”
“Because it would have hurt Alec’s feelings?” Emma asked.
“No,” said Jace, “because Magnus would have turned me into a hat rack.”
“Hello? This is Clary Fairchild.”

“Clary? It’s me, Emma.”

“Oh, Emma, hi! I haven’t heard from you in ages. My mom says thanks for the wedding flowers, by the way. She wanted to send a note but Luke whisked her away on a honeymoon to Tahiti.”

“Tahiti sounds nice.”

“It probably is — Jace, what are you doing with that thing? There is no way it’ll fit.”

“Is this a bad time?”

“What? No! Jace is trying to drag a trebuchet into the training room. Alec, stop helping him.”

“What’s a trebuchet?”

“It’s a huge catapult.”

“What are they going to use it for?”

“I have no idea. Alec, you’re enabling! You’re an enabler!”

“Maybe it is a bad time.”

“I doubt there’ll be a better one. Is something wrong? Is there anything I can do?”

“I think we have your cat.”


“Your cat. Big fuzzy Blue Persian? Always looks angry? Julian says it’s your cat. He says he saw it at the New York Institute. Well, saw him. It’s a boy cat.”

“Church? You have Church? But I thought — well, we knew he was gone. We thought Brother Zachariah took him. Isabelle was annoyed, but they seemed to know each other. I’ve never seen Church actually likeanyone like that.”

“I don’t know if he likes anyone here. He bit Julian twice. Oh, wait. Julian says he likes Ty. He’s asleep on Ty’s bed.”

“How did you wind up with him?”

“Someone rang our front doorbell. Diana, she’s our tutor, went down to see what it was. Church was in a cage on the front step with a note tied to it. It said For Emma. This is Church, a longtime friend of the Carstairs. Take care of this cat and he will take care of you. —J.”

“Brother Zachariah left you a cat.”

“But I don’t even really know him. And he’s not a Silent Brother any more.”

“You may not know him, but he clearly knows you.”

“What do you think the J stands for?”

“His real name. Look, Emma, if he wants you to have Church, and you want Church, you should keep him.”

“Are you sure? The Lightwoods —“

‘They’re both standing here nodding. Well, Alec is partially trapped under a trebuchet, but he seems to be nodding.”

“Jules says we’d like to keep him. We used to have a cat named Oscar, but he died, and, well, Church seems to be good for Ty’s nightmares.”

“Oh, honey. I think, really, he’s Brother Zachariah’s cat. And if he wants you to have him, then you should.”

“Why does Brother Zachariah want to protect me? It’s like he knows me, but I don’t know why he knows me.”

“I don’t exactly know … But I know Tessa. She’s his — well, girlfriend seems not the right word for it. They’ve known each other a long, long time. I have a feeling they’re both watching over you.”

“That’s good. I have a feeling we’re going to need it.”

“Emma — oh my God. The trebuchet just crashed through the floor. I have to go. Call me later.”

“But we can keep the cat?”

“You can keep the cat.”
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