A FREAKING LOVE TRIANGLE!? Are you KIDDING ME!?
Major points deducted from the get go when it became apparent that Mrs. Clare was adding an awkward love triangle between Jem-Will-Tess. There was no need for it. I feel that it is a YA trope to go full love triangle. What was wrong with Will, I ask you? He is witty, sexy, shares Tess’s love of reading, and is suitably tortured looking for a way that he and Tess can be together. Why are we adding the dying best friend into the mix? He is dying!
“Will have always been the brighter burning star, the one to catch attention — but Jem is a steady flame, unwavering and honest. He could make you happy.”
Ergh! I think I threw up a little.
Whew. Okay. Calming down.
In this second installment we learn that Will has a monkey on his back in the form of a demon’s curse that makes him mean to everyone. Add to that we continue to hunt the big, bad Magister from the previous novel—turns out he still does not like Shadownhunters, who knew?
The Magister is a master chess player in this novel. He has not been planning the downfall of the Shadowhunters in a matter of years…but rather for decades. He is using family and friends as pawns. The people they think are loyal will likely stab them in the back. OH! And Tessa is still the main entre in the Magister’s end the Shadowhunter meal.
“I forgive you.” “You do not know all that I have done.”
If this review seems rushed, it is not. Rather, it is short and to the point because I was so very bored. And nauseated by the ménage à trois they had going on between our underage partners in demon hunting. This book was not only predictable, but it had the same contradictory errors that the previous novel had…only worse. Other than will figuring out his mess and entering into a love-sick stupor, nothing really happened in this book.
2 Stars for the number of new betrayals that came as no surprise.