Series: The Dark Artifices,
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on March 8th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
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.
Why I’m Waiting
I’ve been missing my Shadowhunter friends ever since Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments series ended. As the release of the first book in her new spin-off series is about to hit stores (7 months is soon, right?) I’m getting more, and more excited. The introduction of the Los Angeles Institute characters in the final TMI book, City of Heavenly Fire, left me yearning to know more about them. Thanks to the long Shadowhunter lineage in these books, the Blackthorns have been talked about before, so it will be interesting to see how they are in comparison to what’s been previously said about them.