By Alexa Mastrangelo
“’Very well, Carstairs he said…do as your parabatai did. Ready yourself for the whip.’ The whip came down. If she had thought she felt pain before, it was agony now. … she screamed, but she couldn’t hear herself...the whip came down a fifth time…but now she barely felt it as the darkness swallowed her.”
Emma Carstairs is a shadow-hunter, sworn to protect humans and fight an ongoing battle between demons. Piece of cake, right? Well, for Emma, it’s not. Eleven years ago, Emma’s parents were murdered in the midst of a huge war in the shadow world, so, naturally, every one brushed off the murder believing that it was infamous villain Sebastian Morgenstern, the one to start the war, who killed them. But now as strange things start happening again, Emma knows that it wasn’t him. Armed with her amazing blade Cortana, her Parabatai Julian, and her new family, Emma feels ready to avenge the murder of her parents. But what seemed like a simple task eleven years ago, suddenly becomes a lot more challenging as they find clues of the worst possible dark magic going on, that started with the murder eleven years ago and still hasn’t seen an end. Oh, and not to forget the dangerous and forbidden feelings coming to the surface in Emma toward her parabatai, which could basically destroy everything they love. As the clock is running out for the shadow-hunters to figure out the murder, the fate of the entire shadow world that once rested on Clary Fairchild’s shoulders now rests on Emma’s. But is that really a good thing? As unnatural things arise, so does the question: Will Emma be able to outlast her feelings and the strange murderer before they provide her with the same fate as that of her parents?
Two features I liked about the book were the characters and the plot. I liked the characters a lot because I thought that they were so unique, fit in so well together, and their faults were very interesting things to explore. I really believed and wished that they were real people so that I could meet them in real life. For example, I really admire Julian’s loyalty to his family and to his friends. He would sacrifice the whole world as long as his family was safe. Another character I liked was Cristina because she is always so kind and has a really gentle and healing air around her. She is always looking to help Emma and the Blackthorns even though she just met them. I thought that Cassandra Clare truly did a great job with the plot of the story, even if sometimes it became a little unbearable for me. She always kept this story flowing with plot twist, after plot twist, after plot twist. For example, when Emma, Julian, and Cristina have been trying to protect a half werewolf they thought was going to be killed, they then find out that the person they were trying to protect was actually the person who committed the murder of a young girl. This book truly kept me on the edge of my seat, and I really couldn’t stop reading. If you love a good, fantastic murder mystery, combined with romance and adventure, this book is definitely the one for you. To find out if Emma can save herself and everyone she loves, read Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, and if you’re still not satisfied, I suggest reading the sequel, Lord of Shadows, which is every bit as enticing as the first book.
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