My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Dark Artifices series is an offshoot from The Mortal Instruments Series and follows the stories of Emma Carstairs, Julian Blackthorn and their family in the Los Angeles Institute. The story is set five years after The Mortal Instruments Series and Clary Fairchild and Jace Herondale are now new adults (22 years old) living together and running the New York institute. Emma and Julian are now in their late teens and they are Parabatai which mean that they are twinned for life to look out for each other. Under the Clave laws Parabatai can’t fall in love without severe consequences for each other and everyone around them, including the two Parabatai having a power rush and turning evil. In the last book of The Mortal Instruments series, Emma and Julian were introduced as twelve year olds in the prologue with the Los Angeles institute being stormed by the evil Sebastian’s dark angels and Emma’s parents killed off. The close bond between Emma and Julian was also introduced and the direction that would lead was set.
The first book of The Dark Artifices series solves the murder of Emma’s parents and explores the forbidden relationship between Emma and Julian. An unexpected part of the story is that Julian’s half-fairy brother Mark makes an appearance along with a couple of characters from the Mexico City institute. Clary, Jace, Magnus and Alec make cameo appearances in the book.