I finished Lady Midnight-It was a good ride. I do have to say the storyline and backdrop were unique-It helped to add more dimension to the Shadowhunter world. If you have not read the Infernal Devices or The Mortal Instruments I strongly recommend not reading this book yet. It's going to ruin about seven or eight books for you and you know you don't want to disappoint Magnus.
I'm going to do pros and cons again-It's just easier than going through a whole explanation on what I did and did not like. I really don't think people like reading pages and pages of opinion pieces, I could be wrong though ;).
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- All the characters are pretty likable, even the villain. Which makes it hard to sort out the lies from truths, but hey, I liked it that way.
- Fairy world stories and The Hunt were super entrancing. I'm about to start a fairy story myself, and all of the whimsy from the fae was pretty cool. I wish they would have gone into it more.
- A lot of characters from the other books make cameos in this series. Some old strings got tied up in this book too, which was really nice fan service from Clare. Now, there were scenes I was lost in because I didn't read Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy, but I'm not going to pay $40 to read short stories, mmmmkay? The actual book (not the e novellas) is supposed to come out later in the year with a smaller price tag.
-Emma Carstairs is a pretty good narrator for most of the book, it does do some head hopping, but in Clare's casual way. Emma is a little bit of a blank page character, and a lot of the time I felt a little Jace personality seeping through.
-Julian is his own character-with hardly any other influences or similarities to his siblings. He isn't interesting until he starts manipulating and lying though, which it turns out, he's been doing the whole time.
-The main story arc was well done, yet slightly anticlimactic for me. Emma's announcement to who was orchestrating the murders didn't surprise me.
-The ending was very nearly almost perfect. I'm not going to ruin it but-DAMN. Heartbreak and reluctant temptation all in one.
-There is a short story with Clary and the gang towards the end of the book that is really a cut away/ segue to what happened in the main story. It also referenced a part of The Mortal Instruments which I had not realized had been mirrored in the Infernal Devices. It's the part where Clary remembers Jace sitting with his back to her playing the piano, and he asks if it's Alec entering the room. I could swear up and down that that happened in Infernal devices when Jem is playing the violin in his room and asks if it's Will at the door as Tessa enters. If it is in there-I have to give her a round of applause at how beautiful that is.
-Mark Mark Mark Mark MARK.
God, he was such a promising character. Mentally he should be at least 21, probably older, since fairy time and all. He acted like a puzzled, sometimes whimpering, kid (the whole time). Come on, he's been in The Hunt, and it's admitted that Gwyn isn't cruel (also, what they do is kinda morbid). He should have been able to handle coming back a little better than he did. WHY I say that is that it is implied that the things that happened to him (bad mental things) had happened a while ago, not to say that doesn't diminish the pain, but simply that he would have found a way to handle it after all of the time spent over there. Also, his reaction to Cristina's choice at the end is puzzling, which makes his offer to Emma at the end even more confusing.
-Emma is kind of Jace. Sort of.
Her personality was (go go go) impulsive. She's also super quip girl. It was kind of disappointing her character didn't deviate a little. Julian was mildly bland-but we find out a bit later why-and it really makes up for it.
-The tie ups were a little heavy
I don't mind a cameo, or even a reference here or there, but there was almost too much going on at the end. If someone reads this book first-It's going to ruin about six or eight books for them. So heads up there.
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