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?
Umm Lady Midnight ... Like most Cassie Clare fans I've been eagerly awaiting this book for a long while. It turned up and I did my mini dance of joy. I pounced on it like a reader possessed but by the end I can't say I was wowed.
Don't get me wrong. I did enjoy the book. I enjoyed being back in the world of the shadowhunters. I really enjoyed meeting the new characters and I loved hearing from the old ones. I really like Emma as a character and the way in which she goes about being a shadowhunter. I really enjoyed meeting the entire Blackthorn family. I liked how the characters are quite diverse.
However there was something about this book that didn't just sit right with me. It could have been the length. This book is huge and it felt like sometimes the pace suffered for it as it got bogged down in detail. Equally the main story plot felt a bit like a City of Bones retelling to a certain extent and just didn't feel original enough. Also, dare I say it, it felt like for most of the book we were just waiting for the characters from the first series to rock up before anything actually got sorted.
I am very interested to see where the rest of the series is going but I'm probably going to not get myself so excited before the release of the next one as I'm sure pr publication hype and excitement actually leaves me disappointed by the time I actually read the book.