“There is no pretending," Jace said with absolute clarity. "I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I'll love you then.”
Out of the first three, this is the most action-heavy installment. It’s a nice wrap-up of the main story with Valentine as the villain and Clary the new shadow hunter, Jace, Alec, and Isabel fighting alongside Simon (who has new twists of his own.)
I really enjoyed some of the further exploration of side characters in this one, they seemed to hold more zest. The magic circle was interesting, although angering at times. I’m not gung-ho with some of Simon’s choices in dating, but he’s still a great guy to have around, especially considering all the changes he’s personally going through. Clary is an enjoyable heroine, although she doesn’t stand out as anything too special. Jace has humorous lines but is a bit too angst filled to be my favorite. Magnus is again brilliant (love the magician) and I couldn’t be happier about him and Alec, especially the giggle-inducing ending.
Valentine is an even more three-dimensional villain this time around as more sides are seen, and there’s a surprise I didn’t see coming with one of the new characters.
There is a heartbreaking scene I never saw coming – why do this? Why? So sad.
The writing is done well but some of the action scenes are too long, especially when told through Jace’s POV. Unlike the other two books, the page size fits the content well because there’s so much going on, but I grew bored with Jace’s POV and angst. The author seems inclined to head hop more as the sequels continue.
Overall I found the resolution and wrap-up excellent for the story. It fully feels complete to me. All things are wrapped up well and the story came to a big bang in order to wrap up in a realistic, creative manner. Well done. It’s an unusual story in that the side characters are more interesting than the two mains, but they all work together overall.
“Tell you what.' Alec reached for a second seraph blade. 'We live through this, and I promise I'll introduce you to my whole family.'
Magnus raised his hands, his fingers shining with individual azure flames. They lit his grin with a fiery blue glow. 'It's a deal.”