This post is going to be a little irregular from my usual posts. Why? Because I’m going to actually squee about something for a change. The whole Dorothea reveal was beautifully done. Yeah, it was sort of predictable, but for the first time Clare’s didn’t write a plot twists that was so obvious that my two-year old niece could probably spot them. The foreshadowing for Dorothea’s reveal wasn’t heavy-handed at all, and it was refreshing to read. I would say the foreshadowing that Madame Dorothea was actually supernatural was one of the best plot twists Clare has written so far in this book. Personally, I love Madame Dorothea’s character right now, because after this passage she just continued to throw shade at Jace, and the whole Shadowhunter community.
Now,just because I loved the Madame Dorothea reveal, doesn’t mean that there wasn’t a whole lot of stuff that didn’t make sense in this scene. The first thing that caught my attention was that Madame Dorothea stayed in the building. If she knew The Forsaken was there then why didn’t she just leave? Also, if Madame Dorothea is magical origin, then why did she stayed (outside her apartment no less) in the building while Jocelyn was attacked? Why did she insist that Jocelyn was moving things, when she had to know what was really going on. Why didn’t even try to warn Clary?
For all Clary’s faults, Clary is still a FIFTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL. Madame Dorothea would let a fifteen year old child go to what possibly be her death. These are some plenty big plot holes, and goes further to prove that scene with Madame Dorothea in Chapter Four should have been cut.
Also, how big is Clary’s apartment building? I could have sworn that Clary’s apartment building had other residents living there besides Jocelyn and Madame Dorothea. I have never heard of an apartment in New York City having just two apartment, not to mention that New York City has always had a bit of a housing crisis. So having an apartment building with just two apartments makes even lesser sense. And if there are other residents, then why did the Forsaken didn’t attack them as well? I can even understand the forsaken not attacking Madame Dorothea if she had magical protections, but there wasn’t any evidence in this chapter that the Forsaken attempted to go after anyone else.
Another question: If Valentine ordered the forsaken to go after just Clary, then it becomes logical to think that Valentine has some control over them. Yet, Valentine didn’t control the last two demons enough to keep them from telling everybody and their mama that Valentine was back.
Also, this just came to me. If Valentine has Jocelyn, which we can assume he does, because she (and then later Clary) was attacked by a demon that was sent from Valentine, and we haven’t seen or heard from Jocelyn since. Then, why is Valentine going after Clary? Clary should be completely inconsequential to his agenda, unless he already knows (Spoiler Alert) that Clary is his daughter. This question especially needs to be answered by the end of the book.