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Lady Midnight

(The Dark Artifices #1)

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The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a
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Hardcover, 698 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Emma Giordano
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOODNESS. I don't think I'll ever be able to say it's better than The Mortal Instruments . . . but WOWWWW WAS THIS BOOK ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!

This book was absolutely phenomenal. I think it is some of Cassandra Clare's best work to date. To the people who say all of Cassie's books are the same, I hope Lady Midnight finally shuts you up. No more stories about "orphaned girls who aren't aware of their supernatural powers." (P.S. Clary was never an orphan so I don't know why I keep seeing that
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Lily Poo
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
THIS FIRST PART WAS ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 2012.
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
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Zoë
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Update After 2017 Reread:
I still absolutely love this first book! It is a solid start to what is most likely going to be an amazing series. However, I disagree with former me's review (down below). I think I was still high on the adrenaline of the finale while reading that, because, personally, it is not better than Clockwork Princess. I mean, that was a very bold statement. What was I thinking? It's amazing, but nothing can come to Clockwork Princess (not yet).

Original Review:
My favorite
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Sasha Alsberg
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
LADY MIDNIGHT tore me apart then pieced me back together....then tore me apart again.
LOVED this book!
A very detailed review will be up on my channel later this week! :)
Regan
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
By far the most rich story Cassie has put out to date.
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
OH MAN. STILL PROCESSING EVERYTHING. BUT OH MAN THIS WAS GREAT. FULL VIDEO REVIEW TO COME!
Claudia Ramírez
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
It took me three weeks to finish this book. THREE!

But that doesn't mean I didn't like it (on the contrary), it was just because this was a really eventful month and it messed up my reading schedule badly, for two weeks I read only one chapter per day, so now you see why it took me so long to finish it. BUT I FINALLY DID. AND NOW I WANT/NEED MORE.

I mean... my interest wasn't really picked until page 350 or so... but after that page everything was full of gasps and squeals and cries of rage
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Katerina
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Entreat me not to leave thee,
Or return from following after thee-
For whither thou goest, I will go”

The parabatai oath always makes me weep.
By the Angel, my hands are shaking as I'm trying to compose a decent review. I feel broken beyond repair, Cassandra Clare's words ravaged my sanity, shattered my soul and now I'm on my knees searching for tiny fragments, trying to put together what's left of me.



“I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea,
But we loved with a love that
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Emma Giordano
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SUCH A GREAT NOVEL THE SECOND TIME AROUND. I'm so happy I decided to reread Lady Midnight. I feel it really helped me get a better grasp on the plot and the characters. I feel so much more in love with this story (as if I was not the first time). I definitely cried so much AGAIN because of all the feels, and I think I have a new found appreciation for certain parts of the story! For example, the inclusion of neurodiverse people in such a conservative society really resonated with me. I was so ...more
Melanie
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Melanie by: Emma Giordano


1.) City of Bones
2.) City of Ashes
3.) City of Glass
1.) Clockwork Angel
4.) City of Fallen Angels
2.) Clockwork Prince
5.) City of Lost Souls
3.) Clockwork Princess
6.) City of Heavenly Fire
*.) The Bane Chronicles
*.) Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

“No one is ever the villain of their own story.”

Lady Midnight was completely worth me reading eleven back-list Cassie Clare titles for. Holy shit, this book was everything. Everything. And honestly this was one of the best things I’ve read
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shre ♡
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
**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
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Maureen
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I. CANNOT. DEAL.
This book was incredible and this series may topple TID as my favorite in the Shadowhunter world if it continues this way. Definitely the strongest first book in any of the series for sure.
There were so many things that were RIGHT about this book, but especially the characters. They were fantastic and wonderful and their journey was HEARTBREAKING but still amazing and I just can't deal guys I can't.
This book broke me into a million pieces so I honesty don't know how I'm going to
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C.G. Drews
READ #3 | Dec 2018

[cue long existential scream of how much I love this book] All I'm saying is that if I had to choose, at knife point, 5 favourite books...this would make the list. I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO SUM UP MY FEELINGS ALRIGHT. 3rd time reading and I am still not ok. I am so wholly and absolutely in love with the Blackthorns and my imagination never never stops with the page, or chapter, or even the novel's end. I just can't let it go. Can't stop thinking about it. This is what I want a
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Vi Vi
Mar 14, 2012 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
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alexandra
FULL REVIEW + DISCUSSION ON twirlingpages.com!

2/2/2016 : well, i feel like my soul shattered into a billion pieces and blew into the ocean. how will i ever recover from this novel???? or this ending?????? i won't. good bye world. i drowned in my own tears and my entire being fell into shambles thanks to this FANTASTIC novel. i need the next one NOW, even though this one hasn't even released yet... oops.

*clears throat* okay, saying LADY MIDNGHT is an emotional rollercoaster ride is an
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
like, I'm glad I enjoyed this, but wow fuck you guys this broke my heart and the only thing I got out of it was my new favorite tumblr blog

So, uh, it turns out I like Cassandra Clare books now, and I think she's just improved significantly at creating lovable characters and narratives I personally find compelling, and I am so glad I have learned to love this.

dark artifices reviews: book one | book two | book three

P L O T A N D T H E M E S

The villain of this book is hate and oppression. The
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Laura
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"Lex malla, lex nulla. A bad law is no law."


This could be one of the hardest reviews I’ve ever written and that’s just because my feelings and thoughts are all over the place and I know, no matter how many days pass, I won’t be able to have a clear response so bear with me. This is going to be a mess.

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As usual, there were things I liked and things I didn’t. In this particular case, I don’t know if everything I loved can outweigh what I disliked. This is the first time I had to call two of my
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Update: $3.99 Kindle US today only 8-20-17

Okay so I'm just going to put the ole spoiler beware up here because I think I'm just going to start spoiling on most every book I read so that I can talk to myself about it. Ya get meh?

 :

Okay so I loved, loved, loved that there were parts that had Jem and Tessa from The Infernal Devices in it. I love them and I loved Jem so much so it was really touching. I liked that it had some parts where Clary, Jace, Magnus and Alex were in it. Not so much as Jem and
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Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“The stars wheeled crazily overhead as she spun, sucking in her breath as her body slowed its rolling. She came to a stop on her back, her hair and clothes full of sand and her ears full of the sound of the wildly crashing ocean…”
To the people who say that Cassandra Clare is dragging this on, milking the cow, etc: PLEASE STOP. There's people all over the world who are grateful for these books and series. Don't ruin it for everyone else. You don't have to like Cassie. You don't have to read
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Haleema
So I take a almost a two-year hiatus from reading, and I do this. I come back to one of the wretched Shadowhunter series. I was waiting to get my car fixed at Walmart a few days ago, and I decided to pick this book up. I don't know what I was expecting...

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There are at least a few common things you can find in every Shadowhunter series.

1. Forbidden love or love triangle of some sort
2. Lots of angst but the bad kind
3. Long, awkward, and often cringe descriptions of make out sessions between love
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Mizuki
DNF-ed at page. 337.


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Rating: 1.5 stars.


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I admit this, I got fed up by Clare's constant Edgar Allan Poe references and when I skimmed to the ending part and saw (view spoiler) being a mother fucking actual character in this book, I lost it and quit.

I am so pissed that I feel the need to write a 'poem' about this whole freaking Poe business:




Cassandra
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Carmen
Mar 14, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: dying-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 ...more
amy ☂︎
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, 2018
hoooooo boy. i don't really know where to start with this review, since i have so many mixed feelings regarding this book. but!!! not all of them are negative and i promise i have a lot of good things to say about the blackthorns so stay tuned everyone

some positive and negative aspects:

let's get this out of the way. i went into this book expecting.... absolutely nothing. i'm not the biggest cassandra clare stan, and i could never see myself even remotely enjoying one of her books (yet, here we
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Nick
Mar 14, 2015 marked it as to-read
Someone get me Lady Midnight for Christmas pretty please.
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, 2016
1.) City of Bones
2.) City of Ashes
3.) City of Glass
4.) City of Fallen Angels
5.) City of Lost Souls [TBA]
6.) City of Heavenly Fire [TBA]

1.) Clockwork Angel
2.) Clockwork Prince
3.) Clockwork Princess [TBA]

1.) Lady Midnight [TBA]
2.) Lord of Shadows [TBA]
3.) Queen of Air and Darkness [TBA]

1.) The Red Scrolls of Magic .5

*.) The Bane Chronicles [ON TBR]
*.) Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy [TBA]
*.) Ghosts of the Shadow Market [TBA]

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2018 - I still
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Helena of Eretz ✰
JUST AS WONDERFUL AS THE FIRST TIME!!!

The first time I read this, I read it in one sitting the night it was released. Yes, it was that good! All 700-ish pages!!!

This time, I took DAYS to complete it because it’s the last month of uni. But that doesn’t mean it was any less amazing!

#Jemma rivals some of my favourite ships in the Shadowhunter universe. Seriously, Emma is so badarse and Julian is so precious. They deserve ALL THE HAPPINESS in the world!

Also, Mark is hilarious. And the Blackthorn
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Fares
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Everyone knows that 4 is the perfect amount of reads, so don't judge me. Or was it 5? Maybe just to be sure I'll reread for the fifth time sometime :)
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Now I want to watch Notting Hill
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I…
*Breaths in*
don’t…
*Breaths out*
know…
*Breaths in*
what’s…
*Breaths out*
happening…
*Breaths in*

Why am I so emotionally drained?
Why am I so emotionally invested in these characters?
Why do I feel so sad that they do not exist? And why do I want to cry because
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Laura
Mar 24, 2012 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 triangle in which I can predict the ending FROM the first sentence.

2) CC is going to over-use certain
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Celine
Jun 08, 2012 marked it as to-read
My reaction to Cassandra Clare's new series...

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Oh yes, I was a pretty happy girl.

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may ❀
im here to submit my application to be adopted by the blackthorn family, thank you and please protect tavvy and send all my love to julian

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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
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He broke off then, as if realizing everyone was looking at him again.

"You want what?" said Dru with enormous eyes.

"Nothing," Julian said. "I'm just talking.”
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