It’s taken me a whole week to get round to writing this review. I pre-ordered the book as soon as it became available and read Clockwork Angel and Prince while I waited. I have given it five stars because the story is fabulous, the writing is as superb as ever and the character development is wonderful. I won’t spoil your pleasure by telling you exactly what happens because it is all crucial to the plot. However, when it comes to the romantic element let me just say I sighed in disappointment. I can completely see where Cassandra Clare was going with this, but it didn’t have to be this way and I cannot understand why Ms Clare persevered with such a painful conundrum. I shall have to give away an element of the plot to let you know what I mean.
[ Tess loves Jem. But she also loves Will. Will loves Tess, but he will stand aside because he cannot bear to see Jem, his Parabatai, hurt. Jem is dying and he finds out Will loves Tess and he also stands aside as he cannot bear to see his Parabatai in pain. A love triangle with a difference. They all three love each other. I like a book with a clear-cut hero and heroine – I want to know which fella I am rooting for to get the girl! But this was messy and the Parabatai/soul-link was held up as the excuse. I don’t like cheaters but neither Jem nor Will bore Tess any ill feeling for loving the other. Sorry – this just didn’t work for me, no matter how hard Ms Clare tried to explain it away.
If there were categories for the star ratings I would give the romantic element a bare 1.