Saturday Spotlight is a weekly feature in which I honor a book, character, or author that has consumed my mind and may be the cause of future therapy sessions.
I’m going to try my very best to control myself and act like the adult I’m supposed to be as I write this post. It’s cool. I’m calm. I’m collected. I got this. I totally won’t embarrass myself on the internet yet again because of my lack of emotional restraint.
I’m totally fine.
MY FELLOW SHADOWHUNTERS, PREPARE YOURSELVES. THE TIME IS NIGH. I REPEAT, THE TIME IS NIGH.
As of right now, as this post is published at 12.00 on March 5th, there are 12,960,000 seconds until Lady Midnight’s release. Shhh… If you listen closely, you can probably hear me screaming all the way from my dorm room at uni because the wait makes me want to throw myself off a building.
Obviously, though, it won’t come to that. I can’t die without having read Cassandra Clare’s new spinoff series. That would be tragic.
For those of you who don’t know, Lady Midnight is the first book in The Dark Artifices – a new series based around the Shadowhunter world that Clare created in The Mortal Instruments, and then returned to in The Infernal Devices. There are three main things you need to understand about these series before I continue:
- They’re based around the idea that a special race of Nephilim (descended from both humans and angels) exists to maintain the fragile balance between humans and Downworlders (as in demons, vampires, werewolves and ALL THE OTHER FANTASTICAL CREATURES).
- The Infernal Devices is quite possibly my favourite series of all time (excepting Narnia), and The Mortal Instruments is a close second. Let me emphasize this: I’ve read, like, at least three hundred books in my existence, and these are among the few I would risk my life to save if my house was burning down. So if you haven’t read them, I suggest doing so immediately.
- I blame the loss of about 87% of my sanity on Cassandra Clare’s writing. Her characters and storylines have a tendency to leave me sobbing on the floor in the middle of the night wishing for death. God only knows why I keep reading her bloody books. I blame William Herondale.
But I digress.
Lady Midnight is probably my most anticipated release of 2016. And that’s saying something, because there are a lot of books I would sell my kidney to buy this year. Everything I’ve heard about it makes my heart burst out into Disney-style singing. I mean, have you read the blurb on Goodreads? “Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.” Cassie Clare, you had me at “Carstairs”. But then you started hinting at a parabatai love story and I was flat on the floor at your feet.
Also, THE COVER. CAN YOU NOT, CLARE.
I feel more emotionally attached to this cover than to most of the people in my life right now.
AND THE TEASER QUOTES.
(I won’t post any here, because some people aren’t about that teetering-on-the-edge-of-a-spoiler life. But here’s a link for those of you that want to cry your eyes out before the book is even released.)
My levels of excitement for this book are reaching astronomical heights. Cassie Clare, please don’t let me down. The last smidgen of my emotional stability relies on my enjoyment of this book. When it finally comes out.