“The Clave?” Simon felt dazed. “But what does that have to do with—”
“You see,” Aldertree went on, “the Clave is split down the middle—at war with itself, you
might say, in a time of war. Mistakes were made, by the previous Inquisitor and others—
perhaps it’s better not to dwell. But you see, the very authority of the Clave, of the Consul
and the Inquisitor, is under question. Valentine always seems to be a step ahead of us, as if he knows our plans in advance. The Council will not listen to my advice or Malachi’s, not after what happened in New York.”
“I thought that was the Inquisitor—”
“And Malachi was the one who appointed her. Now, of course, he had no idea she would
go as mad as she did—”
“But,” Simon said, a little sourly, “there is the question of how it looks.”
The vein bulged in Aldertree’s forehead again. “Clever,” he said. “And you’re correct.
Appearances are signi??cant, and never more than in politics. You can always sway the
crowd, provided you have a good story.” He leaned forward, his eyes locked on Simon.
“Now let me tell you a story. It goes like this. So of course, Aldertree is stupid as aeveryone in this goddamn series and is spilling tea like a bond villian. Apparently, The Clave rightfully doesn’t trust The Inquistor or Malachi and is ignoring everything they have to say. And this shit with Simon is his way of trying to gain power. In the stupidest way possible.
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Chapter 5: A Problem With Memory
Before I begin, I would like to apologize for the long excerpt. Yet, again it needed to be seen to believed. Anyway, honestly, I think Cassandra Clare has run out of fucking ideas for this book and this is only the *fifth* chapter. *facepalm* By now, you guys should know that my biggest fucking pet peeve is unnecessary exposition. It drives me crazy and it’s fucking boring. It just really messes with my ADHD.
And this is not even the worst problem, Aldertree is twirling his evil mustache and giving us an evil monologue worthy of any Bond villain. And it’s not even him, it’s almost every villain in this damn series that has given us a long monologue outlining his agenda. It’s such an amateur way of writing and Clare who had years of writing should be done writing devices like these.
Now, for my last fucking issue. Aldertree is all doing this for power in the dumbest way possible. He is hoping to pin this all on the Lightwoods as a scapegoat and have Simon be his patsy to sweep all of this under the rug. He’s not worried about Valentine, his plans, and what that means for his people. He’s not even worrying about coming up with a strategy. He’s just trying to shove things under the rug and (spoiler) get back at the Lightwoods.
Because for some stupid reason Aldertree is being blamed for Imogen Herondale going rogue, which makes no sense. I can understand if he was superior, but there is only one Inquisitor and Aldertree is very new to his position. Honestly, if he wanted to look good instead of looking for scapegoats, he should be trying to force a strategy for Valentine and the upcoming civil war. This will make him look like a hero, and again I’m not a political strategist, but unlike anyone attached to this book, I have common sense.