So with Jace and Clary’s story done, Clare takes us a new direction. We are now following Emma and Julian, whom we met at the end of the previous series. The book takes place 5 years after Clary and Jace defeat Sebastian and his twisted army. In fact this is the first book in a new series of books Clare is writing which does have Emma and Julian as the main protagonists.
It’s strange, reading a book that is only a few years after the end of a previous series and the main story has new character’s as the focus. As I’m writing this I’m trying to think of anything else I have read has followed a similar pattern. The closest thing I can think of is Shadow of the Hegemon which, coincidentally, I just finished reading as well.
Thus far, I enjoyed Mortal Instruments more. I felt more vested in the future of the characters. Despite the fact that I’m not really much into romance novels, I did find myself rooting for Jace and Clary, as it were. In fact I was even rooting for Simon and Isabella (who doesn’t root for the nerdy underdog??) The barrier to Emma and Julian’s love seems too political and less organic. I kind of get an idea of where Clare might be taking the story and how it will likely be resolved. My current expectation is a far less dramatic resolution.
The antagonist, however, was interesting and I really enjoyed the fact that they even incorporated some of the details from the Shadowhunter Academy books. My interest as to how the story will continue is piqued but I’m not clawing at Cassandra Clare’s blog page screaming “GIVE ME BOOK TWO!” Although we will likely see book two before we see book 6 of Game of Thrones.