Tag: Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare


Cassandra Clare begins a new Shadowhunters series, and she is in top form. Without the burden of exposition that slowed her first series, and back in the present-day, unlike her second series, she introduces us to new characters and the plot takes off from there. Fighter Emma Carstairs nearly storms off the page, and her best friend and fellow fighter Julian is well-drawn also, as a young man who has shouldered too much responsibility for too long.

Y’all know I am not a fan of fictional teenagers meeting and falling for someone they will love forever, but Clare’s tales are compelling enough that I roll with it. Recommended for 16 and up for (non-graphic) teen sex and some rock-n-roll violence.




City of Heavenly Fire, by Cassandra Clare

Terrific conclusion to a series that got stronger as it went along. Filled with vampires, werewolves, young love, and teen angst, this is a bulls-eye for its target demographic. I recommend it for older high schoolers, due to the emphasis on true love and the rock ’em, sock ’em violence.

Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare

I actually found this book, set in 1878, stronger than Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, which is set in the present. Both are urban fantasy, in which Shadowhunters among us fight demons and meet with Downworlders: vampires, werewolves, etc. And both feature teen heroines who may or may not be falling for the wrong guy. But Tessa has powers of her own, and a strength of character that keeps her from being a passive player in her own story. Recommended for older teens, due to endless “drowning in his kisses”, and graphic fighting of evil creatures.

City of Ashes, by Cassandra Clare

I actually liked this book better than its predecessor. Now that her exposition is out of the way, Clare can wade into the action and the love triangle. This book has great world-building, a great villain, and great action sequences, but our 16-year-old heroine is more passive than I’d like; though there is a fighter female in the series, it’s not our lead. For older teens.