These snippets were the primary reason I had to read this chapter three freaking times just to figure out what was happening here. This chapter was the literary equivalent of Cassandra Clare throwing everything at the wall in the hopes that something would eventually stick.
Everyone from Valentine to Luke aired their grievances, argued, threatened ,and cajoled. Then everyone fought amongst themselves for a little bit, only start the entire cycle of bullshit again. No one, not Jace, and certainly Luke didn’t even try to kill Valentine and thus ridding the Shadowworld of a clear and present danger. They decided to interrogate him for the location of the cup instead.
First of all, how in the hell can anyone trust that Valentine is telling them the truth? Also, if they just killed Valentine, it’s possible that the circle would just break up, therefore ending the threat of their terrorist group.
But no, everyone just talks, talks, and talks! They just let Valentine walk through the portal without even trying to stop him. This is such a great climax to this book, isn’t it?
I would also like to point out this bit that I couldn’t fit in the panels:
Valentine laughed. “And this is how you repay the unquestioning loyalty you bought so cheaply, Lucian,” he said. “By letting them die for you.”
Yeah, Valentine pointed out in canon what I have been saying all along. Luke used the werewolves as cannon fodder. And now Luke can act as contrite as he wants to, but he is singularly responsible for the pack being there.
I still don’t understand why Clare didn’t make Luke the villain of the story. Luke and his casual sociopathy fit the role way more than Valentine and utter incompetence.