To save her mother’s life, Clary travels to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters-never mind that by doing so she is breaking the Law, which could mean death. Even worse, Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by Shadowhunters who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight. Luckily, Clary finds an ally in the mysterious Sebastian, who holds a strange attraction for her. As Valentine musters a demon army, can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their ancient hatred and work together? And can Clary harness her newfound powers to help save them all-whatever the cost?
Honestly, I remember loving this series so much when I first read it. I read this series for the first time years and years ago. I remember anxiously awaiting the release of each new book because I couldn’t get enough of the story.
Rereading this series so many years later has been interesting. Seeing these characters and this story that I loved so much through older eyes was nostalgic, but also somehow disappointing. I definitely didn’t love this story as much as I did when I originally read them.
First off, our love interests. I’m not going to spoil anything for those who may not have read this series so I’m going to be a little vague here. But I definitely don’t feel the same as I used to about our love interests. It honestly just seemed a little gross to me that they couldn’t seem to stay away from one another. I’m usually all for the forbidden love trope. But just not in this way. I think maybe I feel differently because I knew about the twist going in. I’m wondering how I’ll feel in the rest of the books now that it won’t be gross anymore.
Clary pissed me off for pretty much the entire book. It wasn’t until the last hundred or so pages that I started to not hate her. She was annoying and selfish and childish for most of this book. She causes most of her problems
Jace was not as bad. He was annoying with his “I have to protect you because I know what’s best” attitude. But he actually is an experienced and talented Shadowhunter.
The thing that surprised me the most was that I found myself liking the supporting characters more than the main characters. I loved watching Simon grow into his new self. Finding more confidence, being less awkward. Getting over Clary has done wonders for him. Alec was my favorite for character development. He’s starting to accept who he really is and not care who knows about it. I loved seeing him grow into himself. Isabelle was so fabulously sassy and stylish. She kicks ass. She knows she isn’t like other girls and flaunts it. There are so many more that I loved. Luke, Amatis, Magnus, so many others. I love that they’re so well developed and they all have an important part in the story.
Even our villains. They’re excellently evil. Passionate about what they believe in, despite their beliefs being murdery and crazy.
I didn’t love this book like I used to. There were things I liked and didn’t. Overall it was an entertaining story and I’m excited to see how I like the rest of the books in the series.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.
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