My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The final instalment of the series is a large book and it follows the usual formula of the bad guy playing up, followed by a battle/war and a reprieve for our teenage heroes. In this book they go on a journey, in every sense of the word – quite literally and also a journey of self-discovery and about their relationships. We discover who Magnuses father is and it’s as bad as we thought. Simon has more adventures. Clary and Jace finally get physical. Her brother Sebastian keeps wanting an incestuous relationship with her. The usual YA excessive teenage anxiety over relationships is carried on into this last book. Weirdly, new characters are introduced in this last book (book 6) and the reader is left wondering why that was necessary. I’m sure the spin off books of this series is the reason!
I can tell you that the ending is satisfying and I won’t tell you more or it’ll spoil the story. All in all it’s been an interesting parallel realm of demons and shadowhunters that the author has created. This is the best book in the series. Some of the middle books are frustrating and feel as if the author is stretching out the series, which she probably was.
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