“These pictures are my heart. And if my heart was a canvas, every square inch of it would be painted over with you.”
*Warning* Spoilers ahead
Over the past 2 months, I have been making my way through The Shadowhunter Chronicles and I finally got to the first book in The Dark Artifices series, Lady Midnight. The Infernal Devices is still my favorite of the three series I have read by Cassandra Clare, but this series is clearly her most sophisticated and impressive yet. I had to give it 5 stars and it is close behind The Infernal Devices.
Ever since I finished City of Heavenly Fire, I have been interested in Mark Blackthorn and his story. He was taken by faeries in the Wild Hunt and I have been looking forward to seeing him back with his family and how he has handled his time in the Wild Hunt. This book did not disappoint! He comes home to see his entire family grown up and he can barely recognize them anymore. Also, after all of this time, he talks and acts differently than other Shadowhunters because he has been around faeries for a large time. I’m so glad that he found a companion who made being in the Wild Hunt a little more bearable. His development throughout this book was fascinating. Over time, he became devoted to his family and was able to open up to them in a way he hasn’t been able to in years. It still makes me sad when he says that he would repeat his sibling’s names every night.
One thing about this book that made it much more sophisticated than the rest of Cassandra Clare’s books is how it introduced characters with mental illnesses. Ty is autistic while Arthur (most likely) has psychosis. Kit said that Ty has autism, while Arthur’s mental illness is much more complicated as Shadowhunters don’t use mundane medicine. Shadowhunters are awful at dealing with people who suffer from mental illness and it is interesting to see this from characters who have or are around those with a mental illness.
I’m also very excited to see where Kit Herondale’s story goes. For a while now I have been reading about the Lost Herondale and I can’t wait to see how he adjusts to his new life. I’m looking forward to scenes with him and Tessa and Jem, too.
Lady Midnight introduced us to a cast of amazing characters. You already know how I feel about Mark and even though Kieran made some mistakes, I’m fascinated by him and how different he is from other faeries we have met before. Julian is so precious and selfless and I’m amazed by how much he does for his family despite being so young. Even Emma was a great heroine and character. She has been through so much at a young age and I admire her for it. She is known as the new Jace Herondale and I’m looking forward to seeing where that story-line goes. I’m so glad that Cassandra Clare included scenes between Jem and Emma because they were perfect and made me so happy.
One of the other things that set The Dark Artifices apart from any of Cassandra Clare’s other books was its originality. In both of her other series, the heroine did not know about the Shadow World and was thrown into it because of something traumatic (a big cliche in YA fantasy). This was the first series was the main character has grown up as a Shadowhunter and has been training for it for her entire life.
Overall, Lady Midnight is an amazing beginning to an amazing series. I can’t think of anything bad to say about the series and I am super excited to continue with the series.