Cover Reveal: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Eeeeeeek! After much waiting, the cover of Lady Midnight, the first book of the Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare, has finally, ​finally ​been revealed! And it's gorgeous! Its different. I expected the cover for this book to be similar to its predecessors, the whole of the Mortal Instruments and the Infernal Devices series' They had the characters standing upright and with a background that is relevant to the book (not that the background of this book's cover isn't relevant, I wouldn't know, I haven't read the book) Which brings us to the symbolism.

PictureSymbolism:Okay, so I'm just spit-balling ​here, but I think the girl on the cover is Emma Carstairs, who is the main character of this series. When I first saw this cover, thought she was a mermaid, but then I thought, no, that's not right. Emma Carstairs isn't a mermaid (or is she?) Plot twist: Emma's parents-who are dead- weren't really her parents, she's half angel, half mermaid (kidding). Anyway, I see cathedral-like buildings reflected in the water. I'm assuming that's the Los Angeles Institute. The sword is the one her Emma's father gave her for her twelfth birthday. Why is she in water? I don't know. What about the dark tentacle-like things at the bottom? Is that a demon, or just wisps of black smoke? Does it mean anything? Maybe, maybe not. I don't really know. I guess we won't really find out until we read the book, which comes out March 2016. I listed it as one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2016, which is a list I'll post mid-December. Stay tuned!

Quick Summary: Los Angeles. It’s been five years since the events of the Mortal Instruments when Nephilim stood poised on the brink of oblivion and Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs lost her parents. After the blood and violence she witnessed as a child, Emma has dedicated her life to to discovering exactly what it was that killed her parents and getting her revenge.

Raised in the Los Angeles Institute with the Blackthorn family, Emma is paired as a parabatai with her best friend, Julian Blackthorn. A series of murders in the city catch her attention — they seem to have the same characteristics as the deaths of her parents. Could the murderer be the same person? And her attention isn’t the only one caught: someone has been murdering Downworlders as well. The Fair Folk make a deal with the Institute: if the Blackthorns and Emma will investigate the killings, they’ll return Mark Blackthorn to his home. The catch: they have only two weeks to find the killers. Otherwise it’s open war between faeries and Nephilim.

The Shadowhunters of the Institute must race against time to catch the killers, even as they begin to suspect the involvement of those closest to them. At the same time, Emma is falling in love with the one person in the world she’s absolutely forbidden by Shadowhunter Law to love. Set against the glittering backdrop of present-day Los Angeles, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches from the warlock-run nightclubs of the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica.  

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