Oh, here we go again with the walking talking Latino stereotype! Seriously, I wouldn’t be surprised if he just started singing a song from ‘West Side Story’ at this point. Once again, the first words Raphael speaks are in Spanish. As I said back in ‘City Of Bones’, I know that he is a Mexican immigrant, but this weird Spanglish bullshit is really insulting to actual real Latinos. I’m not going to get into all the reasons it is insulting here because I did that already pretty comprehensively in an earlier post.
Honestly, if Cassandra Clare can’t even take the time to respectfully and carefully write a person of color, then personally I would rather her not write them at all. This is just infuriating and not at all how you write a racially diverse book!
Moving on from Clare’s obvious racism, I want to point out how it really doesn’t make sense for Raphael to already hear about the fight that went down in Hunter’s Moon in the last chapter, but at the same time have no idea that Luke took over as the new Alpha of the pack.
It really is nonsensical for Raphael to say that the gossip train throughout the New York City’s Downworlders population is very fast. Yet, it’s been a while since Luke kill the previous Alpha and Raphael is just hearing about it right now? I thought the pacing of the last book was complete shit, but wow this proves that Clare is determined to outdo herself in pure incompetence. Does Clare even have an accurate timeline for her series, or did she pull that right out of her ass too?