“It was an angel rising out of a lake, holding a cup and a sword. It’s a repeating motif in
Nephilim decorations. The legend is that the Angel Raziel rose out of Lake Lyn when he rst
appeared to Jonathan Shadowhunter, the First of the Nephilim, and gave him the Mortal
Instruments. Ever since then the lake has been—”
“Sacred?” Clary suggested.
“Cursed,” Luke said. “The water of the lake is in some way poisonous to Shadowhunters.
It won’t hurt Downworlders—the Fair Folk call it the Mirror of Dreams, and they drink its
water because they claim it gives them true visions. But for a Shadowhunter to drink the
water is very dangerous. It causes hallucinations, fever—it can drive a person to madness.”
— City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Chapter 2: The Demon Towers of Alicante
*sigh* There are so many things wrong with this tiny paragraph that I just want to facepalm myself to death!
First of all, this reminds way too much as the Lady of the Lake myth for me not to call this a crib off the Arthurian myth. Just like I said back when Clare first introduced Raziel and the sword in “City of Bones” that she was ripping shit off from the Arthurian Legends. And unlike J.K. Rowling who clearly was inspired by Arthurian Legends and especially “Once and Future King” by T.H. White for a lot of Harry Potter. It totally wasn’t a complete rip off like Clare is doing here.
Now, on to the nonsense about the Lake itself. Why would an Archangel of THE FUCKING LORD and “Keeper of the Secrets” rise out of the water like that? He has wings because Clare tends not to put her own twist on mythology. She uses what the current mainstream perspective of almost mythological creature she uses in her books and wings is for all angels is a relatively modern concept.
So I assuming this ArchAngel of the Lord has wings, and instead of I don’t know teleporting or using his wings to fly down from heaven. Does he rise out of the Lake for no reason? Seriously, what the actual fuck?! Speaking of complete nonsense, let’s talk about the curse of the lake
Another issue with this utter bullshit is the fact this whole “Curse of the Lake” is completely illogical. First of all, why would the lake be poisonous to Shadowhunters, but not Downworlders?
I could understand if it was like the Angels from the Supernatural, that if those Angels showed you their true forms and their true voices it would literally kill you. And with that logical conclusion, someone that touched the pure essence of an Angel would die or be driven into madness.
Yet, instead of going for this easy explanation, Clare decides to mention that Downworlders are immune. It completely messes it up, because it would make no sense why Downworlders won’t be affected.
My last issue is this crap with the mirror. [Spioler Alert] Simon will later clue into the Mortal Instrument that is supposed to be a mirror. Then, Luke mentions that the lake is called a Mirror. Now, the cynic in me thinks that the Lake is the mirror or the mirror is in the lake and the Shadowhunters are just too stupid to realize that. Honestly, this is speculation, but it’s too much coincidence that Luke and Simon both bring up a mirror. *shrugs* All I can do is give this passage a side eye and keep it rolling.