Summary from Goodreads: “The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from her captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing–but so is the boy she hates, Sebastian, the son of her father Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed, and bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.
No magic the Clave can summon can locate either boy, but Jace cannot stay away—not from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith’s dying magic has wrought—Jace is no longer the boy she loved. He and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become what he most feared: a true servant of Valentine’s evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. Will the Shadowhunters hesitate to kill one of their own?
Only a small band of Clary and Jace’s friends and family believe that Jace can still be saved — and that the fate of the Shadowhunters’ future may hinge on that salvation. They must defy the Clave and strike out on their own. Alec, Magnus, Simon and Isabelle must work together to save Jace: bargaining with the sinister Faerie Queen, contemplating deals with demons, and turning at last to the Iron Sisters, the reclusive and merciless weapons makers for the Shadowhunters, who tell them that no weapon on this earth can sever the bond between Sebastian and Jace. Their only chance of cutting Jace free is to challenge Heaven and Hell — a risk that could claim any, or all, of their lives.
And they must do it without Clary. For Clary has gone into the heart of darkness, to play a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing the game is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she even still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?
Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.”
Me again. I don’t know what it was, but reading this book was like pulling teeth. It took me forever to get into (it wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy it while I was reading it [although that was true for a chunk of the book, too], but it wasn’t one of those books that I didn’t want to put down or couldn’t wait to start reading again) and for some reason, the characters all annoyed me. Okay, that’s not true but Jace and Clary annoyed me enough for everyone. I remember loving Jace and Clary in the first four books, but Jace was just obnoxious this time.
(SPOILER: And yes, I know that part of it is because of the plot twist, but a lot of it seemed to be just regular Jace.)
I thought Clary was completely annoying—and really, just plain stupid—in this book and can we please stop the trend where asshole guys are attractive? Simon is much better than Jace.
I will definitely read book six, but I think right now, I prefer her other trilogy. And the only reason I am is because it’s the last. Otherwise, I think I’d just stop here.
It seems like a lot of other people absolutely loved this book, so it could definitely be me.