My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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What to say about this one? Considering the current legal trouble these works are currently a part of, it was tough for me to read this, but at the same time, I HAD to finish this series. I liked Infernal Devices so much more that The Mortal Instruments. Though they were so very similar, these were better written and I don’t know if it is because the author learned from the mistakes she made in the first series, or because she maybe had some help with this series.
There was a love triangle, but it was better written than the other. Though Will and Jace are almost exact replicas of one another, Will is a bit more likeable…maybe. I don’t know. I only know that in both series the heroine didn’t end up with the one I wanted her with. However, in this series, she at least tried and almost succeeded in being with my choice, and well, in the end, she did get to be with Jem, so there’s that.
Okay, but first the resolution of the plot. I swore that Consul Wayland was in league with the Magister. Boy do I feel dumb for calling that all wrong. He was just a good old fashioned bag of dicks! I love that the women got to be the heroes of the story, that Tessa essential rescued herself and her loved ones. Bridget kicked so much ass it’s a shame they never decided to ask/allow her to ascend. Could you imagine what kind of shadowhunter she would have made?! And Charlotte, Sophie and Cecily were so, so brave, it was awesome to see strong female representation especially in that time period. Charlotte got to become the first female to run an Institute and the first female Consul. Very awesome.
With that being said, I died with Jem. I felt my heart break for Will when the parabati bond was severed. I was so upset that Tessa and Jem didn’t get to marry. But at the same time, Jem got to live and Will and Tessa, though devastated over ‘losing’ Jem, got to be happy together. And in the end, Tessa got to explore both of her great loves. That made me smile.
I don’t know what else to say about this one. I was so shocked when I thought Henry had died, and I am so glad that the author didn’t kill him off. I really enjoyed the character growth of not only Will, but of Gabriel Lightwood as well. I adored that Sophie got to be so strong and confident and moved past her insecurities regarding her scar and her station. I’m glad that Gideon Lightwood loved her truly and genuinely.
All-in-all this was pretty good. I’m glad this was the last in this series because I think I’ve had enough of shadowhunters. Nine books was more than enough for me and at least The Bane Chronicles didn’t feature too heavily with the shadowhunters and focused more on Magnus and his antics. I think if anything I wouldn’t mind reading about Tessa and Jem exploring the world together.