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|Release Date||March 8, 2016|
|Publisher|| Simon & Schuster|
(Margaret K.McElderry Books)
| Preceded by|
City of Heavenly Fire
| Followed by|
Lord of Shadows
| Released after|
City of Heavenly Fire;
TSA: Angels Twice Descending
| Released before|
Lord of Shadows
Lady Midnight is the first novel in the The Dark Artifices series.
Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare's Dark Artifices series, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
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 child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.
Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across LA, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn't lead her in treacherous directions...
Making things even more complicated, Julian's brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind and they need the Shadowhunters' help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn't recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?
In a kingdom by the sea...
In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.
A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.
Emma Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, one in a long line of Shadowhunters tasked with protecting the world from demons. With her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of an secret Los Angeles where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries start turning up murdered in the same way Emma's parents were murdered years ago, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma's chance for revenge—and Julian's chance to get back his half-faerie brother, Mark, who was kidnapped five years ago. All Emma, Mark and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks... before the murderer targets them.
Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. As she uncovers the past, she begins to peel away the secrets of the present: What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?
The magic and adventure of the Shadowhunter Chronicles have captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Fall in love with Emma and her friends in this pulse-pounding, heart-rending new volume sure to delight new readers and longtime fans.
work in progress; incomplete and not reliable as a source of information
One day in August 2012, Kit Rook is helping his father, Johnny Rook, set up his booth at the Los Angeles Shadow Market. Despite his simple stall, Johnny is frequented because he deals in secrets. Johnny sends Kit to get change for his bills. While walking around the Market, Kit reflects on his possession of "the Gift" and how sheltered his childhood has been since he first saw werewolves fighting as a child. Kit spots a group of people in expensive clothes promoting the Lottery; one of them tries to give him a pamphlet but stops pushing when Johnny shares a look with the woman: no one crosses Johnny.
Kit then buys shaved ice from his favorite stall and proceeds to Wren's spot. Wren is a witch selling charmed jewelry and an acquaintance of Kit's. They chat for a few minutes until Wren is spooked by the arrival of two Shadowhunters, prompting her to immediately leave. The two Shadowhunters head towards Johnny's stall, a Kit follows, making sure to hide himself, as his father has always instructed him to not get noticed, especially around Shadowhunters who have apparently been kidnapping mundanes to turn into one of them.
The blonde Nephilim greets Johnny, who mistakes her redheaded companion as her parabatai, and the girl is quick to correct him. The boy introduces himself as Cameron Ashdown as the blonde's—Emma's—girlfriend. Emma asks Rook if he'd found out anything, and he shows her the red cloth she'd left with him the week before. Emma is disappointed when Rook says that he hasn't found out anything. She spots Kit and when she asks him if he too had the Sight, like his dad, Rook quickly blocks her view of his son.
Johnny quickly changes the topic back, hinting that she should be inquiring about the murders that have been taking place all over Los Angeles. She says that she has heard the rumors were about dead mundanes; Rook, however corrects her and says that several of the dead bodies were fey. Cameron interjects that they can't look into the murders because of the Cold Peace. Once Rook says that the bodies were covered with writings, Emma is hooked with the possibility that they could be similar to the ones on her parents's corpses. Emma pays Johnny for everything he can tell her about the murders, and he offers up that the victims get "grabbed" and turn up dead a few nights later. He adds that the last time someone was grabbed was two nights ago, and that the body will probably be dumped the next day; word on the street is that the next body dump will be by the Sepulchre Bar. Emma thanks Rook for the information and bids goodbye to him and Kit. After Emma and Cameron leave the booth, Rook tells his son to become less noticeable; he later reinstates that he—Kit—is his biggest secret.
There are 27 chapters; the titles are derived from lines in the poem "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe.
- Emma Carstairs — Seventeen-year-old Emma is a Shadowhunter who is bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.
- Julian Blackthorn — Emma's parabatai, Jules has been responsible for his younger siblings, and indirectly the Los Angeles Institute, from a young age.
- Mark Blackthorn — Half-faerie, half-Shadowhunter, Mark is returned to his family in Los Angeles as a bargaining chip after years with the Wild Hunt.
- Cristina Rosales — Emma's eighteen-year-old best friend who currently resides at the Institute to learn about how their Shadowhunter culture differs from Mexico's.
- Diana Wrayburn — The tutor of the young Shadowhunters of the Institute.
- Arthur Blackthorn — The head of the Institute whose shock and trauma over the events of the Dark War has driven him over the edge.
- Diego Rosales — A Shadowhunter from Cristina's past who is also a Centurion.
- Other Blackthorn children, namely Dru, Livvy, Tavvy, and Ty
- Kieran — Member of the Hunt and prince of the Unseelie Court
- Malcolm Fade — High Warlock of Los Angeles
- Gwyn ap Nudd — Leader of the Wild Hunt
- Iarlath — Member of the Unseelie Court
- Certain hardback first editions in English include:
- Every first page has a hand-stamped rune.
- A short story, entitled A Long Conversation, of a party mentioned in Lady Midnight attended by the Mortal Instruments characters.
- Art illustrated by Cassandra Jean on the inside of the dust jacket (Costco only)
- A map of supernatural locations in the books (Costco only)
- A map of Emma's Los Angeles (Barnes & Noble and Waterstones editions only)
- An exclusive piece about "Emma's LA" (Waterstones UK/Ireland edition only)
- The title refers to the Annabel Blackthorn, who is famously known in Shadowhunter folklore as Lady Midnight.
- Aside from beginning the pattern of nobility titles for The Dark Artifices book titles, Lady Midnight is also named after the Leonard Cohen song of the same name.
- The cover features Emma Carstairs drowning in the ocean; specifically, it depicts a scene in the book.
- The book is set in August 2012. While the original plan was always to have it set in 2012, it was changed to 2013 for some time before being moved back to 2012.
- The book is told from different points of view, namely: Emma, Julian, Cristina, Kit, Mark, and, briefly, Annabel.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 http://cassandraclare.tumblr.com/post/140870452854/hey-do-all-of-the-lm-hardcover-dust-jackets-have
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 http://cassandraclare.tumblr.com/post/137090931664/lady-midnight-special-edition-ukireland-simon
- ↑ http://cassandraclare.tumblr.com/post/19332943016/lady-midnight
- ↑ http://cassandraclare.tumblr.com/post/127676213264/comic-con-shadowhunters-and-lady-midnight
- ↑ http://twishort.com/8d6bc
- ↑ http://cassandraclare.tumblr.com/post/94644201804/hi-cassie-i-loved-city-of-heavenly-fire-and