First reading February 2013. Reread November 2013.
Okay, so after Valentine’s bomb that Jace and Clary are sibling, him stealing the Mortal Cup and Clary’s mom being found but not being able to wake up, how exactly do you top that?
Answer: by having mysterious Downworlder’s deaths, killing off the Silent Brothers, introducing the Mortal Sword, and introducing the Inquisitor who turns out to be a total bitch and has a vendetta against Jace because of who his father is.
It turns out though that all these things are connected. The Silent Brothers – a part of the Shadowhunters who have more powerful runes – have the Mortal Sword, which allows the holder to tell the truth. Valentine attacks the Silent City to obtain the Sword and kills off the Silent Brothers. The mysterious deaths of the Downworlders are because he is trying to complete a ritual.
All of this leads to a major battle on a ship, where Valentine doesn’t succeed in his ritual – but he does succeed in being a horrible person. Clary and Jace’s ‘relationship’ that can’t be, is revealed to their friends because of a tricky faerie queen, and Jace finally decides that they’re better off as siblings. Oh, and did I mention Clary and Simon were dating and Simon was turned into a vampire? I really feel for Simon in this book. He is an underrated character who’s affections, I believe, I really misguided.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Again, the plot continues to thicken and the characters are so well written that I trembled with anger every time the Inquisitor showed up.
Bookshelf worthy? Since I already own it anyway….