Amatis looked surprised. “You know his name?”
“I do—Luke told me—but I thought his wife died. I thought that’s why the Inquisitor was so—” Horrible, she wanted to say, but it seemed cruel to say it. “Bitter,” she said at last.
Amatis reached for the mug she’d brought; her hand shook a little as she lifted it. “Yes, she did die. Killed herself. That was Céline—Stephen’s second wife. I was the first.”
“And you got divorced?”
“Something like that.” Amatis thrust the mug at Clary. “Look, drink this. You have to put
something in your stomach.”
Distracted, Clary took the mug and swallowed a hot mouthful. The liquid inside was rich and salty—not tea, as she’d thought, but soup. “Okay,” she said. “So what happened?”
Amatis was gazing into the distance. When Luke was—when what happened to Luke happened, Valentine needed a new lieutenant. He chose Stephen—we had both recently joined the Circle. And when he chose Stephen, he decided that perhaps it wouldn’t betting for the wife of his closest friend and adviser to be someone whose brother was …”
“He used another word.” Amatis sounded bitter. “He convinced Stephen to annul our marriage and to nd himself another wife, one that Valentine had picked for him. Céline
was so young—so completely obedient.”
Amatis shook her head with a brittle laugh. “It was a long time ago. Stephen was kind, I
suppose—he gave me this house and moved back into the Herondale manor with his parents and Céline. I never saw him again after that. I left the Circle, of course. They wouldn’t have wanted me anymore. The only one of them who still visited me was Jocelyn. She even told me when she went to see Luke….”
She pushed her graying hair back behind her ears. “I heard about Stephen’s death days after it had happened. And Céline—I’d hate her, but I felt sorry for her then. She cut her wrists, they say—blood everywhere—” She took a deep breath. “I saw Imogen later at Stephen’s funeral when they put his body into the Herondale mausoleum. She didn’t even seem to recognize me. They made her the Inquisitor not long after that. The Clave felt there was no one else who would hunt down the former members of the Circle more ruthlessly than she would—and they were right. If she could have washed away her memories of Stephen in their blood, she would have.”
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Chapter 5: A Problem With Memory
So, I want to apologize, peeps! I know this was a bigger chunk of passage that I usually give you. However, you have to actually read it to believe it. I’m going to break it down point by point why this passage sucks. Okay, sit down peeps, grab a beer and let’s hash it out, shall we?
First of all, Amatis doesn’t know Clary from Adam, but she is spilling all this tea at a drop of a hat. As Amatis herself earlier pointed out, Clary is not only saintly Joceylen’s daughter but Valentine as well. It would be one thing if Amatis actually trusts her brother (which we have already seen that she doesn’t. She only let Clary in because Luke mentioned Jocelyn). So for all Amatis knows, Clary is just like Valentine. Nature overcomes Nature sometimes folks.
My next issue with this passage of bullshit is that this is all a very obvious and clumsy info dump. Again, this is the third book and she is still writing like a sue author off of fanfiction.net.
I have said it from the very beginning of this project that Cassandra Clare is the laziest author I have ever seen. I honestly believe Clare has the talent and the skill deep down inside of her. I have read a bit of her of unplagiarized fanfictions like the Very Secret Diaries. It was actually not bad, and if stop just settling for mediocrity to get by she might one day make a decent writer.
And yeah, I have seen a LOT of comments that she improves after the first six books. And honestly, although I think Cassandra Clare personally is a horrible person, there is a part of me that really wants to see her at best. And this? This is not her best. This is Clare once again at her laziest because an info dump like this is just so sloppy and lazy.
My next issue is how it’s very obvious that Amatis (Clare) is hinting hard at that Jace is a Herondale. Honestly, I pretty much fed up that she continued this faux-conflict this long. I thought the whole Bella/Edward relationship was fucking contrived, but this shit right here puts that to shame. And if Clary wasn’t so fucking brain dead, she would see the truth about Jace right now.
And my last point I want to make about this is once again the stupidity of The Clave. Amatis tells us the reason The Clave picked Imogen for the position of Inquisitor was that with her background she surely wouldn’t go easy on Circle Members. Oh my god, Imogen Herondale, the woman who tried to bargain with a child’s life just to get Valentine is the monster that The Clave made. Again, The Clave are fucking dumbasses, because they never are seen to had heard of conflict of interest regulations that both Law Enforcement and Attornies have to follow. I only watch Crime Documentaries and Police Procedurals and even I know this.
And Clare is a lazy dumbass for not getting off her ass and googling this. I have seen a lot of fanfiction writers research better for their stories, than her a so-called professional Author. Let me be clear, I am currently writing a fanfiction story and I have done ten times more research than Clare has done. She literally takes things that are widely known from her own Religion and the stuff from mainstream TVs, movies, and books, and slaps shit together haphazardly in a way that makes no sense.
Now, I’m done and I’m going to headdesk for a while and then grab a box of wine!