- Page Count: 541
- Release Date: March 24, 2009
- My Rating: 4.5 stars
To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.
As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?
So I really enjoyed this book and feel like I should have a ton to say, but first I’m taking a star off for the creepy little Lannister children and returning to that fun rant.
I know I already went on about this in my review of the previous book, but let me reiterate: EVEN IF CLARY AND JACE TURN OUT TO NOT BE SIBLINGS, THEY STILL THINK THEY ARE IN THIS BOOK. Like am I the only one who thinks being siblings is not some unfortunate barrier to overcome or a “forbidden” romance that heightens the tension?? It’s just a really odd writing choice. Like evidently Cassandra Clare thought this was a decent enough plot device that it could span THREE books to create an obstacle between these angsty lovers? It’s weird, guys. Like this is some super romantic moment for Clary when Jace tells her:
“My sister, my blood, my family. I should want to protect you… to protect you from the sort of boys who want to do with you exactly what I want to do.”
And so, so many other scenes… like the bedroom scene where it’s all “it’s just this one night. In the grand scheme of things, how much can one night matter?” No. No your logic does not work.
And I know Alec and Jace aren’t siblings by blood, but the story is constantly emphasizing how Jace is a Lightwood and Alec is his true brother because real family blah blah. So the whole idea of Alec being in love with Jace (and how it’s treated like some normal crush) is STILL JUST AS WEIRD. Please tell me I’m not the only one who sees this…?!
Anyways… moving on. The story itself was great and I thought the new setting of Alicante was a really refreshing change. I guess I just love the whole Shadowhunter concept — I’m mostly here for that and it’s definitely not letting me down. The writing in these books isn’t super amazing, but it’s solid. I mean, the attempts at foreshadowing are shoved in your face with zero subtlety and the plot twists are visible from 300 pages away, but at least it’s a fun plot. Like the whole story pulls you in and flows really well.
And as far as characters go, I do like Clary and Jace a bit more now but still can’t get a strong sense of most side characters like Alec & Isabelle. Sometimes the characters feel a bit unrealistic, but for the most part it reads like a normal YA book. I’m super glad Isabelle stopped with the girl hate attitude too: “it was only recently that Isabelle had realized other girls weren’t just for envying, avoiding, or disliking.” Hooray for dropping one of my most despised tropes.
These books are very stereotypically YA, so I’m really trying to let all of that slide and just take it for what it is. I wouldn’t keep reading these books if I weren’t entertained by them, but I still can’t help staring at the page sometime like “wtf is this.” But I’m glad I started this series because the worldbuilding is great and it’s a really fun concept. I gave the first book 3 stars, the second book 3.5 stars, and this one 4 stars so hopefully it keeps getting better!