Why does Cassandra Clare constantly feels like she has to bring up Jace’s child abuse? We get it! He was abused, and that was awful. Yet instead bringing it up once, and then subtlety alluding to the abuse through the rest of the book, we are just going to you know STOP ALL THE FUCKING ACTION IN THE CHAPTER TO TALK ABOUT JACE’S ABUSE!
This whole chapter was fucking useless! It added nothing to the overall plot, it fucking KILLED the tension, and all it did accomplish was to push the Jace/Clary/Simon triangle forward, and went on to prove that Clary, Jace, and Simon are all horrible people (more on that later). Again, Chapter 16 and 17 should have been combined, or this chapter should have been cut altogether
And there’s one last thing I want to address in this post. I talked about this over, and over again, especially back chapter 10. Yes, Jace abuse is horrible, but there has been no indication throughout this book that Jace’s abuse isn’t part of a larger culture of child abuse. We also got very little indication if they are any laws that protect children from child abuse. I would have also love to have known more about how Shadowhunter children are educated, and socialized.
School is an important part of children’s development. Yet, there was no indication that The Lightwood and Jace would be going back to school. This is August, and a lot of schools go back to school after labor day. Yet, there is no indication of a wider educational system for Shadowhunter children. I think for Clare, that this is just another indicator that she only fleshed out her world on the surface, and she didn’t think about into such things as s implications and about her world’s infrastructure. Things like education and laws that affect children are very important when you are essentially writing about children.