Review: Lady Midnight
I’m a huge fan of The Mortal Instruments series, so of course I was super thrilled when I first heard about Lady Midnight. And overall, the book did not disappoint.
It is a pretty big book. Like when I first saw it, my jaw dropped a little. It is 668 pages, after all. I went to Barnes & Noble the day it came out, saw it on the shelves, did a happy dance in my head, picked it up and went…
Now, I don’t have anything against big books (I digress, but please tell me that I am not the only one that sings Sir Mix-A-Lot to themselves replacing ‘big butts’ with ‘big books’) but I do have a problem with size without substance. Because the first one-half to two-thirds of this book is slow. Molasses slow. I put this book down and started (and finished) other books numerous times with no issue whatever. In the beginning, this book really goes nowhere. I hate to say it, but the start of this book could have easily been condensed. Based on my Goodreads (where I eagerly mark a book as currently reading the day I start reading it), I started Lady Midnight and then stopped it to start reading and finish other books nine times.
Normally, that would mean I would put a book away and stop trying to read it, because it basically came down to Lady Midnight just not reeling me in. But I had heard from others that the beginning of the book was slow, but the ending totally made up for it. So I kept going back to it.
Dutifully. I kept returning and slowly making my way through all 668 pages.
And then around the midway point of the book, the plot really started to pick up. During the last third, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough, I had to know how the whole thing was going to end.
So heads up, the book does take a bit of time and motivation to get through (especially if you’ve just read A Court of Mist and Fury which is giving everyone a major book hangover) but it is so worth it.
Now on to the characters!
I fell completely in love with Emma. Her bravery and determination shines throughout the book. We know going in that her the death of her parents has shaped who she is, and throughout this book you see her loyalty and fierceness as she protects those she loves. Speaking of love, I thought it was a really interesting twist to show a different layer to parabatai and what that bond means when there is romance involved.
Julian of course steals the show being the artistic soul with the weight of the world on his shoulders. That is, at least until Mark comes along and just wrecks beautiful havoc on everyone’s lives.
There are so many new characters in this book, but they all stand out and have very distinct voices, which I love.
The way the book ends pretty much as people in two camps and personally, I loved the ending. For me, the ending made the stopping and starting and trodding through the beginning of the book entirely worth it. I can’t really say more without giving much away, but I think if you can get through the slowness of the beginning, you’ll love this book. The last half is action packed and full of surprises.
My favorite line: “There was beauty in the idea of freedom, but it was an illusion. Every human heart was chained by love.”
My favorite visual: The fairy steeds.
My rating: 4 stars
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