Samuel made a noise halfway between a chuckle and a cough. “Actually, I do. I knew the
Lightwoods. We were in the Circle together. The Lightwoods, the Waylands, the Pangborns, the Herondales, the Penhallows. All the fine families of Alicante.
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Chapter 6: Bad Blood
Valentine made a sensible choice for once. It is actually a strategic sound decision. If you get the prominent families in Shadowhunter/Nephilim society to join you not only get an almost endless source of money but the power behind the Clave. This really makes a lot of sense.
However, I have to ask: How many members of the Clave are former Circle members? Because it really seems to me, that it’s a good majority and that does not look good to me. It’s literally having the fox guarding the henhouse. It’s never going to end well. Now, with a good writer, this come back and bite everyone in the ass. This idea could be a seed of a later revolt and have the members of the Circle take over The Calve. In the way, the Deatheaters did in Deathly Hallows. It wouldn’t take many twists the plot to really make it your own, either.
However, we have all seen that Clare is a lazy hack and actually writing this plot is simply too much work for her. So I don’t have any hope that this will mean anything.