If you don’t know, Lady Midnight is my favourite book of whole time. Ever since I first read it for the first time in January of 2017 I then read it five more times. Did I ever get bored of it? Absolutely not.
As this book is a part of the very long Shadowhunters Chronicles I have to say that you don’t have to read the Mortal Instruments nor the Infernal Devices series in order to understand it. Though if you skip those series you will end up being spoiled while reading Lady Midnight, but you do you. If you’re curious to know how to read the series I actually filmed a video on IGTV to present you different ways to do so.
Today I wanted to share with you five reasons why you should read Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, no matter if you’re a fan or not of the Shadowhunters Chronicles. Ready? Let’s go.
❥ It has the most amazing family and friends group I ever read about
This book follows the very broken but amazing Blackthorn family. As they lost their parents Julian is now in charge of them all and is being the most incredible father of all time. I absolutely adore every single one of the Blackthorn, whether it’s Helene, Mark, Livvy, Ty, Drusilla or baby Tavvy. I would die for every single one of them (and especially for Jules).
We also follow Emma Carstairs, who is Julian’s parabatai (“A parabatai is a pair of Nephilim warriors who fight together as lifelong partners, bound together by oath, regardless of their gender.”), and Cristina Rosales, a Shadowhunter from Mexico who came to the Los Angeles Institute for her studies. Cristina may be the kindest character I ever read about – she truly has the biggest heart and deserves all the love. As for Emma, she is a big inspiration to me – she is strong, smart and brave.
Honestly, they are all everything. Reading about them is something else and the dialogues are to die for. I wish I could explain it better, but I guess you’ll have to read it to fully understand what I mean.
❥ It talks about Roman and Greek cultures
If you ever noticed every Blackthorn children is named after Roman history and Greek mythology. Mark is named after Mark Antony, Helen after Helen of Troy, Julian after Julius Caesar, Livia after a Roman empress, Tiberius after a Roman emperor, Drusilla after the sister of Caligula and Tavvy after Gaius Octavius. Their middle names are also linked to Roman history and Greek mythology, but you got it all.
Their uncle Arthur also is a classicist and talks about those subjects a lot. It’s something that I really loved as I studied ancient greek and Roman history for years. It added something very special to the story – suddenly it wasn’t only about angels, but it was something more. It made it all weirdly more serious and classy to me. I absolutely adored every little reference to those cultures.
❥ Its political aspects are so complex and fascinating
What is really special about this trilogy is how it expended the world of the Shadowhunters and made its politics every more complicated. This story takes place after a war which really changed this world’s laws and some of those are really unfair. We can see the Blackthorn children having to pay the price for it and fighting against the injustice growing inside their world.
We are also introduced to new organisations, new characters and new parties. It’s more the case for Lord of Shadows, Lady Midnight‘s sequel, in which the story becomes way more political and intriguing. But Lady Midnight has its part of political problems and is a good introduction to the mess created.
❥ It talks about mental health and important subjects
The Dark Artifices series is really different from the whole Shadowhunters Chronicles because of the subjects it talks about. Though we met several gay couples in those books, this series never really explains to us what happens to the Shadowhunters who suffer from mental illnesses.
Ty, for example, is a teenage boy with autism. Jules tries to protect him as the Clave (“The Clave is the collective name for the political body made up of all active Shadowhunters. The Clave keeps and interprets the Law, and makes decisions about the guidance of the Nephilim through history as it unfolds and decides on important matters that affect the Nephilim, which also sometimes affect the Downworlders.”) isn’t kind towards people who are different. He also protects his uncle Arthur who suffers from a mental illness, though it isn’t named as they don’t have words for it. He seems to suffer from PTSD but it isn’t me to tell – the point is that his mental health is talked about.
In this trilogy we are also introduced to transgender Shadowhunters and how the Clave deals with them (obviously, badly, as they always do). It’s great to see such important subjects being talked about and to actually see more diversity in this world. I haven’t seen a bad review towards this representation and truly hope it won’t hurt anyone.
❥ It will probably kill you with feels, but in a good way
Lady Midnight is full of feels. You will end up laughing, crying, well dying. There is so much drama, angst and love in it. It’s actually crazy how this book feels like a roller coaster. You won’t be able to breathe, I can assure you of that.
I never ever felt like that reading a book before and still haven’t found one like it. Every time I read it I’m back with the Blackthorns, torn between duty and love like Emma, desperate to see how miserable Jules is and more. This book is everything and really proves how Cassandra Clare got better at writing with time.
And now you know! I hope it will inspire some of you to pick up, or that those who have read it will agree with everything I talked about.
Have you ever read Lady Midnight? Or any book from the Shadowhunter Chronicles?