A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.
Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.
Honestly, this book is everything I've been waiting for. I haven't kept up with any reactions to this book from the Shadowhunter's fan base for fear of spoilers. Going in to this I had no idea if it would be a huge failure or smashing success. I'm glad to say that, for me, it was the latter. Lady Midnight is actually my favorite Cassandra Clare book yet.
Prior to Lady Midnight, I spent a lot of time debating whether Clary or Tessa was my favorite. Seriously, a LOT of time. Turns out it was all for not because of EMMA CARSTAIRS. Emma is honestly one of my favorite characters ever. I thought she had a lot of depth and realness to her that is hard to find in a character, especially female protagonists (for some reason??). Her fierce wit, strong commitment, unparalleled strength and her compassion for others made her a TOTAL win in my book. Julian was another great character, and their relationship to one another was fun to read. I love exploring the parabatai dynamic, as the concept of parabatai is actually one of my favorite things about the Shadowhunter's World.
I loved the plot, the action, the character arcs, the relationships between the characters and *SPOLIER* the cameos. Overall, there was very little I didn't like about this book. In fact, the only real complaint I have, is that Julian's siblings read as way younger than they were. No matter how many times I read there ages I was convinced they were younger, as their behavior and speech didn't correspond to their age. The twins are actually very close in age (I think only two years apart) to Julian and they read as if they're ten. Overall, not a big deal, but it is something that consistently drew my attention. It was probably just me, but that did irk me a bit.
At the end of the day, I really just want to ride of into the sunset with this book. Emma, Julian and Dru better get lots of time and happiness in Lord Of Shadows or I will riot in the streets. Literally. By myself. Rioting.
Who else loved it? Or hated it? Tell me what you thought, I'm dying to hear what everyone else's reaction to this was.