Let me preface this by saying I am a fan of Cassandra Clare and though this review is harsh, I respect her as a writer and will continue to read and buy her work.
Lady Midnight, for me, was a war over Quality vs Quantity. Did we get a 600+ page book? Sure we did. Though as an aspiring writer, I cringed over the unclear plots and redundant description of clothes.
When I first started reading, I gave Cassandra Clare the benefit of the doubt because she had to reintroduce us to the world for the new series without a Clary or a Tessa, who were learning the world with us. But what ended up happening was anytime we learned something new, I felt like it was info-dumping. The narrator took us aside and dumped a Shadowhunter Textbook on our heads and then resumed the story.
The next worrying bit for me, was how much description of appearance there was. How many words are there for the Blackthorn verdigris eyes? I feel like Lady Midnight maybe should have been called Emma and Julian’s closet. I think I know every article of clothing they own.
I have a few bits I want answered but am hopeful will be answered later and are no just abandoned plot lines, like Julian’s sea-glass bracelet everyone stopped talking about halfway through the book.
I did like seeing cameos from the Shadowhunter Alums, but sometimes it just felt like a crutch. The climax of the story dragged on a bit too long and the resolution seemed redundant, mostly because the Alums came back.
We could talk about Emma going Will Herondale on Julian (spoiler, if you know what this means for love) And how at first I just thought Emma and Julian seemed like genderswapped Jace and Clary. (They grew into their own and became their own characters but it took a while for me to connect to them)
We could also talk about Mark being in the middle of an overlapping love triangle. (Though I don’t feel the bond between Cristina and Mark wasn’t enough to hold up an angle of a love triangle.
The betrayal seemed regurgitated…so many things seemed like a stitching of her own novels until they looked like a new one.
But let’s instead talk about what was great: Mark Blackthorn is a sly fox and he’s wonderful.
The forbidden love between Julian and Emma is so hot.
Honestly, the major plot of the story, the introduction to Faerie was all great and creative and fresh. (though I hated the shadow market and how getting there was exactly like Diagon Alley)
I am excited about the return of Jem and Tessa.
And Kieran’s love story, my goodness. That boy is a tragic gem!
So overall, I liked the story, I don’t mind the love triangles, I just wish the writing was tighter and more precise. Also, Cassie, stop telling me about their clothes every five seconds!
But I’m still going to read the rest of her books and buy everything Cassandra Jean illustrates because I do love the world Cassie Clare creates.