It has taken me a very long time to get to review this book but I guess, better late than never?
The review might contain spoilers.
The Dark Artifices is the sequel to The Mortal Instruments and it takes us to five-years after the end of The Mortal War, to Los Angeles institute where the Carstairs and Blackthorns live.
Many suffered in the events of City of Heavenly Fire but none more so than the Carstairs and Blackthorns. Julian had to do unspeakable things to save his siblings and Emma lost almost her entire world. Five years later, she has grown up to be a young woman determined to find out what killed her parents and determined to get revenge for their deaths.
Emma investigates demonic activity around LA, turning over every rock and nook for evidence that it might have to do something with her parents’ deaths.
To make things even more interesting – the Blackthorns have their own drama to deal with after their brother Mark who had been captured by the faeries during The Mortal War, is now returned to them as a bargaining chip – something to motivate the Blackthorns to find out who is murdering faeries.
I have very strong feelings regarding this book as it came about in a very nostalgic time in my life and while I discovered The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices while I was in high school, The Dark Artifices stayed with me during my university years.
I loved City of Heavenly Fire and I feel like it definitely set up the scene for The Dark Artifices more than perfectly. Lady Midnight and the rest of the trilogy take place in the 2010s and so I feel like at times I related a lot more to Julian and Emma, versus Clary and Jace.
What I liked about the book: On my latest reread I listened to the audiobook and it was narrated by Morena Baccarin and it was -chef’s kiss-. Aside from that – the interactions between Emma and the Blackthorns are more than adorable. I love Cristina and I feel like without her The Dark Artifices just wouldn’t be it. Speaking of the Blackthorns, I also think that the dynamics between them are very well played out. The plot of Lady Midnight with all of the twists and turns is definitely one of the best in The Shadowhunter Chronicles. We get encounters with some familiar faces and two big mysteries are introduced – who is killing the faeries and what is truly happening in Faerie?
What I didn’t like about the book: Every time I have picked up Lady Midnight, I felt like it started off very slow.
My rating: 5/5 stars
A quote: “When you love someone, they become a part of who you are. They’re in everything you do. They’re in the air you breathe and the water you drink and the blood in your veins. Their touch stays on your skin and their voice stays in your ears and their thoughts stay in your mind. You know their dreams because their nightmares pierce your heart and their good dreams are your dreams too. And you don’t think they’re perfect, but you know their flaws, the deep-down truth of them, and the shadows of all their secrets, and they don’t frighten you away; in fact you love them more for it, because you don’t want perfect. You want them. You want—”
Have you read this series and did you like it?