“He’s making fun of you, Aline,” said Sebastian, “as well he should. I apologize for my
cousin again, Simon. Those of us who were brought up outside Idris tend to have a little
more familiarity with Downworlders.”
“But weren’t you brought up in Idris?” Isabelle asked. “I thought your parents—”
“Isabelle,” Jace interrupted, but it was already too late; Sebastian’s expression darkened.
“My parents are dead,” he said. “A demon nest near Calais—it’s all right; it was a long
time ago.” He waved away Isabelle’s protestation of sympathy. “My aunt—my father’s
sister—brought me up at the Institute in Paris.” […]
“Not really,” Jace said with a smile so disarming Simon knew he was lying. “My
Romanian is pretty much limited to useful phrases like, ‘Are these snakes poisonous?’ and
‘But you look much too young to be a police officer.’”
Sebastian didn’t smile. There was something about his expression, Simon thought. It was
mild—everything about him was calm—but Simon had the sense that the mildness hid
something beneath it that belied his outward tranquility. “I do like traveling,” he said, his
eyes on Jace. “But it’s good to be back, isn’t it?” […]
— City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Chapter 2: The Demon Towers of Alicante
[Spoilers For The Entire Series ]
Note: I’m pretty sick, so I will be taking next week off. Sorry, I know I just came back but I can’t help it. I will be back next Monday on March 30th.
*Big Sigh* This is the first appearance of the hellspawn! I knew it was coming and I have already been spoiled so much when it comes to this series. I have been dreading this day for a long time and knew it was coming. Yet, in the end, I don’t think any of us was really ready for it.
First of all, on the bright side at least Clare has gotten a bit better on her info dumps. Oh, it’s still an info dump but this was much better than the ones we had to suffer through in the first two books. So I give her kudos for that.
Now, I’m talking about the second snippet. Way to give away the plot! Seriously, Clare is telling us that there is something wrong with Sebastian instead of actually showing us in the most hamfisted way possible. Again, Sebastian’s storyline can be awesome. It has a lot of potential on its own. If Cassandra Clare was a good writer, I can see her making Sebastian act like he’s everyone’s friend, slowly letting everyone trust him, and then stab them in the back in the end. Actually, Rick Riordan (who is from my hometown by the way) had a similar storyline for Luke in his “Percy Jackson and The Olympians” series. Unfortunately, unlike Riordan, Clare is a shitty writer so I have no faith that she will execute Sebastian’s storyline well at all.