“The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and – most importantly of all – she can finally call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price. Someone is murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. And when Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.”
I really enjoyed this book. More than the last book I think. I really like character and relationship development, which was able to happen in the book. I liked that it was from Clary and Simon’s point of view. I’m getting used to books that have two different characters leading the narrative. It might allow me to build up to starting to re Game of Thrones at some point, as that is what I struggled with the most.
The story in the book is easy to follow with a few twists along the way. It is a story about coming to terms with the changes that have happened and moving forward. I love a journey story, so maybe that’s why I really enjoyed this one. It also felt like a stand a lone story. It didn’t end leaving you wanting to read the next book immediately as there was no cliff hanger as such, but you do need to have read the original trilogy to understand hy certain things have happened.
Simon has definitely grown on me in this book. Previously I liked Jace, but he had turned inward (maybe hitting a bit close to home at the moment). I liked that he is dealing with his circumstances and trying to work out what to do. He has help thrust upon him and accepts it. I also like that Clary was developing and becoming a shadow hunter in her own right, not having to rely on other people to save her all the time. I like that her strength is coming through.
I liked the narrators of this audiobooks. There were two a female and a male. The male voice was Ed Westwick and I do have a soft spot for him from Chalet Girl and Gossip Girl. He has a nice voice, although the New York accent was a little stereotypical. The girl was a bit annoying, but not overly, just a bit whiney for my liking.
I am looking forward to the next book as I love a series. Although I do find I always get a bit emotionally attached and feel a bit lost at the end. I haven’t decided if to wait for the audiobook or just get it on my Kindle. I’m in the middle of a couple of books at them moment so might make it a reward for meeting a goal in the next month or so.