Note: There are no spoilers in this review.
This is Book Three of “The Mortal Instruments” series, which combines Harry Potter and Star Wars and Scooby Doo and Sookie Stackhouse and Buffy to give us an ongoing saga about a group of Nephilim, werewolves, vampires, fairies, warlocks, etc., and their lives, loves, and sometimes, deaths.
In Book Three we get a better sense of heroine Clary’s growing powers, and of the love that the various main characters feel for one another.
Most of the book’s action takes place in Alicante, the secret “City of Glass Towers” that is the capital city of Idris, home to the Nephilim (conveniently located near Germany and France but it’s invisible and you don’t need a passport to get there; you do, however, need a magic portal).
The usual Scooby Gang makes the shift to Alicante, along with the usual stock similes to describe their experiences (“The smell of late roses hung in the chilly air like thin perfume.” “Exhaustion gripped her like a vise.” “The sound of [his] voice went through [him] like an arrow.”)
They proceed to engage in the usual battles with vicious slimy demons. We even have an almost for-real Deus Ex Machina. Since there are more volumes after this one in the series, you can probably figure out that the demons are subdued for the nonce.
Evaluation: Three is enough for me; I can’t go on to four and five. Except for a moving and well-done subplot involving Alec and his coming to terms with his being gay, I’m ready to move on to some better writing.
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, 2009