Summary via Goodreads:
"What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series."
With City of Heavenly Fire coming out next week, I needed to do a quick re-read/skimming of this book to refresh my memory.
Finally, finally Clary doesn't make complete dumb-ass decisions. Still rash, yes, but at least this time she has people helping her in the background. There is still a slight air of naivety about the way she makes decisions, but in the long run she just wants to protect someone she cares for. Clary also finally uses her Shadowhunter training.
The scenes with Clary, Jace and Sebastian were what kind of slowed down the story a little, and Clary did very little to figure out what her creepy brother was up to and too much time cuddling her brainwashed boyfriend, she was relying more on what Simon was finding out than trying to solve some shit on her own since she was there with the master mind of the evil pending plot. Sebastian is a really creepy evil guy, and I need him to die in the next book. Especially after what he tried to do to Clary.
Simon remains my favorite character, his development is the most enjoyable to witness. He goes from this slightly awkward nerdy guy into this confident, and still nerdy, vampire. His "coming out" as a Vampire to his sister was far more interesting to read than about Jace and Clary floating down the canals in Venice. Simon getting snarky with both a Demon and an Angel was one of the best Simon scenes.
The slightly steamy scenes with Jace and Clary would have been better had they not felt a bit date-rapey. Jace is being brainwashed by Sebastian, and they were drunk on faery blood. Clary was kind of taking advantage of Jace. It was very weird. The few times Clary confronts her brother, she seems to completely forget the fact that he is a murderer and a sociopath. She is either a great actress, or she was actually starting to drink the kool-aid.
However, my tiny gripes about this book aside, this book actually felt like it had a thought out plot, it brought the story back on some kind of track. There were a couple side story lines that I kind of felt like were filler plots. (Ex. pretty much everything that focused on Jordan and Maia's sex life, Alec and Magnus's relationship drama). But over all I liked this book about as much as I liked the first TMI book. My nerves are on edge for when things go down in Heavenly Fire. I am excited.