My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love this series and was really happy to hear that we would get 3 additional titles. But I wasn’t really sure what to expect story-wise since Valentine had been defeated and who would rise up to be the new villain.
There were a couple of names thrown into that mix, so that had me guessing at first, as did Cassandra’s tweets regarding a certain character’s demise, but I caught on to that lie of hers pretty quickly.
Seeing Clary and Jace as a full fledged non-incestuous couple took some getting used to, but there were enough other obstacles thrown into the mix for them to compensate.
Simon is as much front and center as Jace and Clary and I must admit that despite liking Simon, I wasn’t looking forward to a lot of the book being told from his perspective. But now I can say that my worries have been squashed. I especially enjoyed the many Simon/Jace scenes. Their sarcastic banter is too delightful.
I was happy to see Isabelle be put more front and center this time around. I enjoy her character so much and it was great to see a softer side of her, especially around Simon.
Magnus and Alec are always a delight and I was glad that after 200 pages they finally appeared in the flesh. The jealousy bit was a bit tedious, I felt that had been dealt with already, but the cute make up scenes are always a great payoff.
The new characters fit in well with the story and I guess we’re going to be seeing a lot more of them – especially Maureen.
I really enjoy the looming threat of the Seelie Queen and the fairfolk. We got little hints of it throughout this book and I’m interested to see how that story will evolve throughout the next two books.
I must confess that I wasn’t as attached to this book like I was to its 3 predecessors, but the last 50 pages or so made the 5 stars seem justified, not to mention the ending(!!!!). I smell lots of drama for the remainder of the series.
One more thing – Jace has to be the most self-hating, self-torturing person on the face of the earth. Cheer up kid! Although, after that ending that’s going to be a little tough now.
I guess that leaves us with only one thing – a year long wait until book 5 hits the shelves. *sigh*