She reached the top step and paused, looking up at the woman. She still couldn’t see her face. She said, “Look, if you’re here to see me, just tell me what you want. I’m not really in the mood for all this glamour and secrecy stuff right now.”
She noticed people around her stopping to stare at the crazy girl who was talking to no one. She fought the urge to stick out her tongue at them.
“All right.” The voice was gentle, oddly familiar. The woman reached up and pushed back her hood. Silver hair spilled out over her shoulders in a flood. It was the woman Clary had seen staring at her in the courtyard of the Marble Cemetery, the same woman who’d saved them from Malik’s knife at the Institute. Up close, Clary could see that she had the sort of face that was all angles, too sharp to be pretty, though her eyes were an intense and lovely hazel. “My name is Madeleine. Madeleine
“And…?” Clary said. “What do you want from me?”
The woman—Madeleine—hesitated. “I knew your mother, Jocelyn,” she said. “We were friends in Idris.”
“You can’t see her,” Clary said. “No visitors but family until she gets better.”
“But she won’t get better.”
Clary felt as if she’d been slapped in the face. “What?”
“I’m sorry,” Madeleine said. “I didn’t mean to upset you. It’s just that I know what’s wrong with Jocelyn, and there’s nothing a mundane hospital can do for her now. What happened to her—she did it to herself, Clarissa.”
“No. You don’t understand. Valentine—”
“She did it before Valentine got to her. So he couldn’t get any information out of her. She planned it that way. It was a secret, a secret she shared with only one other person, and she told only one otherperson how the spell could be reversed. That person was me.”
“Yes,” Madeleine said. “I mean I can show you how to wake your mother up.”
— “City of Ashes” by Cassandra Clare
Before we begin, I would to congratulate everybody for reaching the official last passage of the book! I will be doing a spork of the acknowledgements and an outtake from this book. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t take time to acknowledge all the mental suffering that we all had to get through to finish this goddamn book.
Thank you so much you guys for sticking with me this far. I will be taking a short break after the acknowledgements. And then I will be back for the outtake and then the overall review before starting ‘City of Glass ‘.
I also want to announce that the Podcast is going to be an actual thing, My bad ass editor Melissa and I will be doing a complete recap of every chapter of the book. It will come every Friday and we will be starting with ‘City of Glass’. We do plan on doubling back and starting from the first book after I finish the rest of the four books of the original series. We will be begin recording the first week of January, so stay tuned for further details.
Now, I have babbled on long enough. It is time for the final spork!
Uh, excuse me but where did this chick come from? I know I must be tripping or something, because I can swear that this first time I have seen even a hint of this woman. I’m sorry, maybe I blanked the whole thing out, but uh I have no idea about who Clary is referring to. As far as I know, this is the first mention of a hooded person period.
Guys, as always, feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. God, knows that I am not perfect or infallible and I might have easily missed something. However, to me this feels very much like Cassandra Clare gas lighting us again. This what the fifth time in this book that Clare has done this?
I wouldn’t put it past her in the last few words of this book to gas light us again, but let’s play devil advocate for a mment. Maybe we did see this hooded person (who happens to be Madeleine). This still brings up a few questions: 1) If Madeleine had a way to wake up Jocelyn this entire book then why did she wait until now? By the official timeline, it’s been about month since Jocelyn initially went into a coma. 2) Why didn’t Madeleine just go to Luke and tell him all of this? 3) If Jocelyn considered Luke her best friend, then why didn’t she trust him enough to give Luke her contingency plan and actually tell him how to wake her in case something went wrong?
Again, this final reveal has more holes in it than swiss cheese at this point. And this is supposed to be a cliffhanger that supposed to entice reader to read the next book. However, to be honest I don’t care at all. Clary doesn’t care about Jocelyn. Cassandra Clare only cares about Jocelyn only to the point of living vicariously through her and that’s it. So why should I care, when it’s obvious no one else really does.