So I got to say about this passage, so fair warning for a long and detailed rant.
First off, why did Valentine leave Joceyeln alive? The most obvious answer to this would normally be that he didn’t want to harm his unborn child. But there is a big problem with that answer, if he wanted to protect his unborn child then why didn’t he just kidnap Jocelyn in the first place? He could have easily just taken her and their son Jonathan with him by force. The Valentine could have just waited until she gave birth to Clary, and then simply killed her.
I would also like to point out that this answer could have only worked if Valentine had the capacity to give a shit about anyone but himself. It’s been reinforced over and over again by Cassandra Clare that Valentine would probably kill his own mother if it served to further his own agenda. So why did if Valentine is so bad, then why didn’t he kill Jocelyn? It just doesn’t make any logical sense!
Another problem that I have with Valentine leaving Jocelyn was that he had to have known by that point that Jocelyn was the one who took The Mortal Cup. Yet, instead of kidnapping her so he can force her to reveal where she hid the cup, he instead just left her there.
Moving on from all that, I want to now discuss Valentine’s so called wealth and elite social standing. It was heavy implied by Luke during this bit of storytime that Valentine came from old money and his family was very affluent throughout the Shadowhunter community. Yet, Valentine is staying at his wife’s estate.
Why doesn’t Valentine and his family live at his estate instead? You would think that after his father died, Valentine would have inherited a sustainable bit of money and properties. Yet, Valentine decided to live in Jocelyn’s manor instead
It’s also fair to assume since Valentine doesn’t have a truly subtle bone in his body that he and The Circle’s criminal activity was pretty damn obvious at that point. Yet, instead of going to ground and living in a place unknown to anyone. Valentine decides to just have his headquarters be his wife’s estate. Valentine was really too stupid to realize that any investigator worth their salt would quickly be looking for Valentine there.
I also have to question why Valentine used Jocelyn parent’s bones to fake his death. Valentine is supposed to be so cunning, yet it’s pretty clear early on that just like Luke and Jocelyn, he had no backup plan.
In a sane and just world, it would have been all too easy to figure out that bones weren’t Valentine’s and Jocelyn. Hell, all The Clave really had to do was to compare his dental records and blood type with those of the bones that to figure out that the remains didn’t belong to either of them.
And if I’m right that Valentine in a fit of panic decided to impulsively use Jocelyn parent’s bones, then his escape plan makes even less sense.
I mean, when would Valentine have the time to not only set Jocelyn’s manor on fire but to also exhume her parent’s bones, and put them in front of the house to conveniently found by The Clave. It would have taken too much time do all of that without getting caught.
Also, if Luke knew that the bones were Jocelyn’s parents, then why didn’t he tell The Clave? He and Jocelyn diffidently knew all this time that Valentine was still alive, but they once again just sat on their asses and did fucking nothing.
Hell, the events of this book would have never have happened in the first place if Jocelyn or Luke just told The Clave that Valentine was freaking alive. But they never think about anyone else but themselves
And speaking of Jocelyn and Luke’s selfishness , I now want to talk about Jocelyn’s so-called parenting. Every parent in this book are bad parents, but Jocelyn (the special snowflake she is) managed to win the Worst Parent Award hands down!
I mean think about it, guys. Jocelyn knowingly went into battle when she was pregnant. Jocelyn did not care that she could have endangered her unborn child. Jocelyn not once during the plaining of the counter attack thought about her son.
Jocelyn could have easily taken a bit of time out of her day to establish an escape plan for her son, but she didn’t I would go further to say that Jocelyn really didn’t need to be there for the counter attack. Jocelyn could waited until Valentine and The Circle were gone and then escaped with her son.
Yet, Jocelyn never considered for a second her children’s safety. to do just that. And now Jocelyn has the unmitigated nerve to feel sorry for herself and her poor lost baby boy? Yeah, how about no! Jocelyn doesn’t get even a bit of sympathy from me because she showed that she really doesn’t give a shit about her children.