In Lady Midnight, Shadowhunter parabatai Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn must unravel a demonic plot believed to have lead to the death of Emma’s parents five years earlier. It may also the death of several faeries, which is why the Seelies have returned Julian’s half-brother, Mark, after years in their captivity. But underneath the mystery, adventure, and family tension, there’s another troublesome story playing out between Emma and Julian, specifically.
In a newly released snippet from Cassandra Clare’s tumblr, Julian faces down a haunting problem regarding Emma, his parabatai:
As Tavvy slept, Julian reached for the law book he’d taken from the library. It was a book he’d looked at so many times before that it now always fell open to the same well-worn page. On Parabatai, it said. He’d read it a hundred times.
It is decreed that those who have undergone the ceremony of parabatai and are forever bound by the terms of the oaths of Saul and David, of Ruth and Naomi, shall not enter into marriage, shall not bear children together, and shall not love each other in the manner of Eros, but only the manner of Philia or Agape.
The punishment for the contravention of this law shall be, at the discretion of the Clave: the separation of the parabatai in question from each other, their exile from their families, and should the criminal behavior continue, the stripping of their Marks and their expulsion from the Nephilim. Never again shall they be Shadowhunters.
So it is decreed by Raziel.
Dura lex, sed lex. The Law is hard, but it is the Law.
We’re crushed! Our hearts will always bleed of all the star-crossed lovers out there.
Lady Midnight hits shelves on March 8th. You can pre-order it now!
It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.
Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…
Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?