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 warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.
Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. 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?
Edgar. Allan. Poe. I love Poe. I took a college class over his stories and his theme of ratiocination at Texas State and it was one of the most interesting classes I ever took. I love his stories and I love his poems so much that I teach “Annabel Lee” and “The Raven” every year to my 7th graders during our poetry unit. So the fact that this story is parallel to “Annabel Lee” made it so much better for me. And each chapter is titled from the lines of the poem.
I really enjoyed how Clare dipped into the morbid romance of this story. It was different than her past plot lines in The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series. She is really good about diverse plot lines. Yeah, there’s always teen romance and everyone is usually coupled up but she’s gone from Jace and Clary thinking they were siblings and dealing with those feelings, Jem, Tessa, and Will being in a tragic love triangle to Emma and Julian being stuck in a Parabatai bond and not being allowed to be romantically involved. I’ve enjoyed all of their stories.
It took about the first 80-100 pages to get into this book because I hadn’t read a Shadowhunters book in quite some time. Probably two years or maybe even longer. I devoured The Mortal Instruments late in high school and in college and was behind on the Shadowhunter game so I didn’t really have to wait on reading any in that particular series. I was more caught up with The Infernal Devices. And I picked up Lady Midnight in Austin last year when it first came out but it sat on my bookshelf forever. Mostly because it’s so ginormous. I didn’t want to read it during the school year because of the size. It’s hard to stay invested in large books when I’m working during the year so I saw the big ones like Lady Midnight and the Outlander books for summertime.
I also had recently watched the first season of The Shadowhunters series on TV and it was alright. I was wanting to watch the second season but it felt too cheesy so I think it put me off of Shadowhunters for awhile.
I will be purchasing Lord of Shadows sometime though. I’m not sure if it will be before or after the baby is born in September though. I put myself on a book buying ban in order to help save money for us to move and for baby stuff. And those books are over $20 when they come out! Sheesh! Too much.
I know many people really liked Tiberius the best out of all the characters in Lady Midnight but I think my favorite was Mark. Ty is cool, and quirky but he still seems pretty weak. I think he will grow more in the next few books. Maybe I’ll change my mind about his character then. I’ve always been a sucker for a good faerie story so I loved reading about The Hunt and how he was adjusting back to Shadowhunter life after being stuck there for so many years. I loved the Wicked Lovely books in high school. And now I love the Sarah J Maas series A Court of Thorns and Roses. The faerie genre has never been too big so I love when I find good faerie stories. I like the idea of the different courts and how there’s all different kinds of Fae with different abilities. It’s all very seductive and unique.
Anyway, I really enjoyed this book. It was nice revisiting an old favorite world. I gave it 4.5/5 stars. What did you think about it?