Review of: Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare 4.5 Stars
After my read-a-thon of Shadowhunter novels I was immersed in the Shadowhunter world pretty heavily by the time I got to Lady Midnight. Though I think that Clare does a good job of introducing everything in a way that you could read Lady Midnight without reading the rest, Lady Midnight does contain major spoilers for both of the previous series, so I would definitely recommend reading the others first.
Before reading I was aware that everyone seemed to love LM and hoped I would to - it had such an amazing and memorable cover, but would it have a plot and characters to match? In terms of the characters the answer is yes. With so many characters, both the character s key to this book and the characters that are briefly mentioned, who we met in previous books, it is amazing that Cassandra Clare is still able to make every character distinct and 3-dimensional. Even the four other Blackthorn children (not including Helen, who was away, Julian, who was a main character and Mark, due to his fey features setting him obviously apart), didn't fade into the background as secondary characters or merge into a singular 'the siblings', they each had a voice and a presence.
One of the only characters that I felt lacked this sense of real personality was, to be as vague as I can, the turned-out-to-be-evil character. The character featured in very few scenes before the reveal and practically disappeared for a whole portion of the book in a way that made it seem as if they were't really someone important and meaning that I didn't really pay them much attention to them. It is possible that this is what CC intended, but the lack of information and interaction that we are given resulted in me being kind of indifferent about what should have been a big reveal and particularly shocking reveal. I wasn't unsurprised in that I had guessed what would happen, I was unsurprised in that I just didn't feel much emotion at the reveal at all. I'm going to have to assume that we will find out more about them later in the series.
Another thing that I loved about Lady Midnight was that as much information as CC has already given us about the Shadowhunter world in the ten previous Shadowhunter books (11 if you count Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy), as well as in the extra short stories and extended scenes on her tumblr, Lady Midnight still, after all that, manages to give us lots and lots of new insights into and information about the Shadowhunter world. In particular their opinion and treatment of people with mental health issues and developmental issues like autism that we had not previously seen. Overall, I loved the book - yes, it had it's problems and no, I didn't have a sudden, instant urge to re-read that I normally do for books that I would give those full 5 stars, but it is certainly fast-paced, enjoyable, exciting and hard to put down. So if this sound like something you might like definitely give it a read - but ONLY after you've read the earlier series.