Okay, it’s been at least a chapter and half (although with the way this pace has been going it feels like a freaking eternity) yet Max is still home alone? My bad ass editor, Melissa who lives in New York told me there wasn’t any minimum legal age for a child to be left alone. Yet, as a parent of an eight-year-old child myself, this doesn’t sit right with me at all.
This the second time Maryse and the older children have just left Max alone by himself with no supervision. I can sort of understand why Maryse didn’t leave another babysitter for Max the first time. I mean, it’s not unreasonable or not unheard of a parent leaving their younger children with their older teenage siblings as babysitters. Yet now, Maryse can no longer have any excuse for not trying to get Max another more competent babysitter.
Also speaking of parental neglect, where the hell is Maryse? The last time we saw her and the Inquisitor according to this timeline was a day or maybe two days ago at the most? Yet, we did get a phone call from her but no real reason why she is letting her teenage children run around the city? Especially, since the Lightwoods are surely to be a likely target for Valentine’s revenge since they betrayed him to The Clave back in the day.
I don’t know about you, but I would have demanded my kids stay close to home. And if they had to go out they would be checking in every hour on the hour. And don’t get me started on Luke, who seems to just disappear in and out of this book, and doesn’t seem care at all that Clary is continuing to throw herself into dangerous situation.s
This is not how parenting works people, and it’s sad that Cassandra Clare doesn’t seem to know that.