I enjoyed this book so much!! I was already a big fan of the Mortal Instruments books that Miss Clare wrote a while ago (though I was not a fan of the prequel that she wrote…) and fell hard for this one! I loved the characters (Jules OMG!), the world of shadowhunters were exactly has I remembered and the writing as good.
The story follows Emma and Julian as well as the rest of the Blackthorn family that we have first encountered in the last books of the Mortal Instruments series. But now they are kids no more, they are young adults with all the charms that come with it. While Emma is still trying to find who killed her parents for she doesn’t believe that Sebastian did it, the group find themselves in a mystery that can put all their lives in danger in the end. This one was a little more dark and mature than the first Mortal Instruments book and I LOVED that. Cassandra Clare is a great storyteller and she knows how to write words that’s going to suck you in the story really fast. I was dreading starting this one but was not disapointed at all.
The story was easy to follow but still complex enough that you keep reading until it’s 3 AM and you haven’t slept in two days… (Yeah, that’t didn’t happen to me…) Cassandra includes one of my favorite Edgar Allan Poe poem in the story (Annabel Lee) and that adds another level of depth for me. The poem is dark and sad but still beautiful, and Miss Clare weaves the story around it with mastery. And now, for the romance part. It’s not the main focus of the novel but when the ‘scenes’ happen you will be asking for more. Jules and Emma are starting to feel things for eachother more than just friendship but being parabataï, they can’t go further than friends. This little forbidden this going on is AMAZING! Well written and so cute (I won’t say more, just go read the book!)
The characters are awesome and none are boring. Because there are alot a characters in this one, most new, some we only heard a little in previous books.
Emma Carstairs was an awesome main character!! She was fierce, a little more of a warrior than Clary was. She was funny in some circumstances and really strong when time needed. She carries a sword for God’s sake! (Maybe there is a story to that sword, who knows?)
She was not your typical blond girl who’s got no brains and falls for any guy. She was an independant woman (sometimes too independant for the liking of Julian) and she was not afraid of anything. Her parent’s death still hunts her (for obvious reasons) and it thrives her to become a better shadowhunter as well as a better person. Her realtionship with the Blackthorn family is great too. She is the only one who is not officialy family but the kids still look up to her as a guardian when they need to. She is ready to do anything to protect them for she considers them her only family left. I enjoyed reading their moments and could picture them as a whole perfectly. Why now for Julian, boy this is an awesome relationship. Their chemistry is off the roof and their friendship goes very deep. They communicate by writing on their arms so no one can her what they are saying, how cute is that!?! Awesome chracter she was!
“That’s not the spirit of the law, Emma. Remember? The Law is hard, but it is the Law.”
“I thought it was ‘the Law is annoying, but it is also flexible.”
Julian Blackthorn was one the most sentimental, sweet and likable male lead I have encountered in a long time. He loved his family so much but still carry alot on his shoulders. I liked the artistic side of him that gave the sweetness and gentleness to his personality. But don’t get me wrong, he is a strong shadowhunter nonetheless. The relationship he has with Emma is great! We believe in them and we want to see them together more often.
“When you love someone, they become a part of who you are. They’re in everything you do. They’re in the air you breathe and the water you drink and the blood in your veins. Their touch stays on your skin and their voice stays in your ears and their thoughts stay in your mind. You know their dreams because their nightmares pierce your heart and their good dreams are your dreams too. And you don’t think they’re perfect, but you know their flaws, the deep-down truth of them, and the shadows of all their secrets, and they don’t frighten you away; in fact you love them more for it, because you don’t want perfect. You want them. You want—”
He broke off then, as if realizing everyone was looking at him again.
“You want what?” said Dru with enormous eyes.
‘Nothing,” Julian said. “I’m just talking.”
In general, this book was one of my favorite read this year and I’m waiting for the next one with no patience whatsoever. It’s been a long time since I was waiting for a second book in a series and it’s great to fall back into this frenesy. I recommend this book to anyone who want’s a novel full of adventure, great characters and a good story!