Title: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
5 years after the Shadowhunters battled in Idris, Emma Carstairs and her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn are no longer kids, but warriors. Partners in battle. Based at the Los Angeles institute, they must call upon their training to solve a string of murders of humans and faeries. Keeping their friends close and their enemies closer, they form an illegal alliance with the faeries to solve the murders. What’s at stake is so much more than answers, for Emma its revenge for the killing of her parents and for Julian, it’s the possible return of his brother Mark, half faerie/half Shadowhunter, who was taken from their family after the battle of Idris. As dark magic begins to reveal secrets of the murders, Emma and Julian are faced with secrets of their own as their feelings for each other grow and their relationship as parabatai is threatened by their love for each other. Something that is strictly forbidden in Shadowhunter world.
Blending the storylines of Mortal Instruments and background that made the Shadowhunter world come to life with her other series, Clare has done a phenomenal job bridging the worlds and introducing another institute. Featuring the same suspense found in the previous books, dark magic has a way of provoking and good vs evil is set within blurred boundaries. The descriptive words and settings make you feel like your part of the world, witnessing the Shadowhunters battling the demons. A fast paced, fantastical book that only gets better the more you read.