“You had every right to be.” He raised his eyes to look at her and she was suddenly and strangely reminded of being four years old at the beach, crying when the wind came up and blew away the castle she had made. Her mother had told her she could make another one if she liked, but it hadn’t stopped her crying because what she had thought was permanent was not permanent after all, but only made out of sand that vanished at the touch of wind or water. “What you said was true. We don’t live or love in a vacuum. There are people around us who care about us who would be hurt, maybe destroyed, if we let ourselves feel what we might want to feel. To be that selfish, it would mean—it
would mean being like Valentine.”
He spoke his father’s name with such finality that Clary felt it like a door slamming in her face.
“I’ll just be your brother from now on,” he said, looking at her with a hopeful expectation that she would be pleased, which made her want to scream that he was smashing her heart into pieces and he had to stop. “That’s what you wanted, isn’t it?”
It took her a long time to answer, and when she did, her own voice sounded like an echo, coming from very far away. “Yes,” she said, and she heard the rush of waves in her ears, and her eyes stung as if from sand or salt spray. “That’s what I wanted.”
— “City of Ashes” by Cassandra Clare
You know how in the last post, I ranted Ad nauseam about how every square inch of this plot is being taken up by this faux love triangle. This passage is another example that! Yes, Clary and Jace’s relationship is a big part of this book series, but with this epilogue only 1% of this it’s actually taking up by the plot.
Needless to say, this is a huge problem.
Personally, I don’t care if Clary ends up with Jace or not. To me the usual type of white cis couple that saturated through mainstream media. So honestly I don’t care. What I do care about is that instead of resolving the main conflict of this relationship instead of Claire is chickening out. There is no real conflict in this relationship, no matter what Jason saying right now he does not care and hasn’t cared in the past that they are siblings. Clary has made it clear and this last chapter that she doesn’t care that their siblings. The only thing that is keeping them apart is miscommunication.
Honestly, this whole entire conflict could be wrapped up with Clary just opening her mouth and telling James her feelings. This is the definition of a false internal conflict. In the end, it Clare is dragging this false conflict out into ‘City of Glass’. It’s obvious that clearly does not give a damn if Clary and Jace are siblings because it’s obvious that she gets off on that
No, this is very clear that Clare didn’t have any material for what was supposed to be the final book in the trilogy. It’s really pathetic and it’s freaking infuriating and frustrating as all get-out.
So again if you were hoping for a resolution with this love triangle, don’t hold your breath. And this is why I am not really excited about ‘City of Glass’. This is going to be the same shit different book.