Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry, 2011.
Pages: 424 p.
This should be pretty obvious and it's been 7 years since this series started but I'll spell it out anyway: Although I try pretty hard to avoid spoilers in my reviews, there will be spoilers for the previous books. So if you're like me and lived under a rock for the last 7 years, start with the first one.
Valentine has been defeated, Jocelyn (Clary's mom) is awake and engaged to Luke, Clary is home in NY and free to love her not brother Jace. Jace has been training Clary to be a Shadowhunter, as well as being the perfect boyfriend. Everything should be peachy keen, but after a few short months yet another obstacle is thrown in Clary and Jace's way. Someone is killing Downworlders and Shadowhunters and when Jace starts having dreams about killing Clary, he reacts by distancing himself from her. There's also some stuff about Simon not being happy as a vampire.
This was the weakest book in the series. It's the only one I didn't rush through, the only one that didn't have me immediately pick up the next book as soon as I turned the last page. Of all the things to keep Clary and Jace apart, dreams of killing her is the most ridiculous. It's not until the very last chapter that the book gets interesting. It seems like this book exists solely to set up the next trilogy. It could have very easily been skipped and the few important plot points summarized in an opening chapter in the next one. But it wasn't, so you'll have to read it to get those important plot points so you can read the next two in this series (which is totally worth it.)
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