Lady Midnight

Lady Midnight

(Book #1 of The Dark Artifices)
For Ages: 14 - 99
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The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.


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Lady Midnight

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About the Book

Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn are far too young to have suffered through so much. Emma’s parents were brutally murdered when she was just twelve years old, and while the Clave believes it was the work of Sebastian Morgenstern, Emma knows with every fiber of her being that the killer was someone else. Julian is also an orphan, after being forced to kill his own father to protect his brothers and sisters. Emma and Julian fought side by side during the Dark War, and in the years since, they have fought to keep their little family safe and happy. But now, every day brings new threats, new problems to solve, and new opportunities to right the wrongs of the past. When bodies begin showing up with the same markings that were found on Emma’s parents, she knows that she is closer than she’s ever been to finding their killer. Soon, the impossible happens—Mark Blackthorn is temporarily released from the Wild Hunt to help with the investigation, with the promise that he can choose to stay in LA if he is successful. Negotiating with the faeries breaks the Cold Peace, so the hunt for a killer must be kept from the Clave. It’s just another secret, though, for Julian and Emma, who are desperately trying to hide the fact that they have fallen in love with each other, which is strictly forbidden for parabatai. With so mu see more

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About the Author

Cassandra Clare
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Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare is the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Lady MidnightLord of Shadows, and Queen of Air and Darkness, as well as the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy. She is the coauthor of The Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy with Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman. Her books have more than 50 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages and made into a feature film and a TV show. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at