This was one of my most intense reads when I first discovered the series and this world and to this day it’s kept me on edge upon every reread because I always worry about Jace even though I know what happens.
The review might contain mild spoilers.
Where is the boundary that stops you when it’s too much when it comes to love? Clary discovers that Lilith’s wickedness and magic have bound Jace and Sebastian and that Jace has become part of Team Evil. This means that the Clave is now also seeking to destroy Jace, realizing that if they kill Jace, they would also kill Sebastian. While the band tries to save Jace, Clary threads a dangerous game of her own in trying to save Jace’s soul.
What I liked about the book: This book is really intense and will keep you on the edge of the seat regardless if it’s the first time you are reading it or the millionth. It is action and drama packed, there are some moment where your breath might catch, there are surprises that caught me off guard the first time reading. I enjoyed how the events of the book were translated to the show too.
I loved the mentions of Will Herondale. I absolutely adored Magnus and how he warns them about parabatai bonds. I loved the banter between Sebastian and Clary, they acted like siblings for 0.03 seconds and it was very entertaining. Also, the travel moments were intense and intriguing and seeing Dark!Jace was kinda hot, not gonna lie.
What I didn’t like about the book: Clary’s hyper-fixation on the details that didn’t really matter – like Valentine buying clothes for Jocelyn.
A quote: “Is it really love to tell someone that if it came down to picking between them and every other life on the planet, you’d pick them? Is that — I don’t know, is that a moral sort of love at all?’
‘Love isn’t moral or immoral,’ said Clary. ‘It just is.’
‘I know,’ Simon said. ‘But the actions we take in the name of love, those are moral or immoral.”
My rating: 5/5 stars
Do you have a favorite shadowhunters book?