I can say with some relief, that this Chapter was actually fun to read for the most part. Yes, I’m actually saying this. Mark this day on your calendar folks! However, there were logic fails? There were also plot holes a plenty.However, I can say despite all of that I wasn’t bored, which is more than what I can say for the previous two chapters. Let’s get straight to it then.
What I Loved
I really loved the most was the foreshadowing when Clary first enter her apartment. The apartment was completely ransacked, and I really love how Cassandra Clare artfully painted the picture of apartment. It wasn’t too flowery, or over done.
I also love how Clare wrote Clary’s panic, and then later her confrontation with the Ravener. It was written very realistically, and you could almost feel the panic come through the words. I also love that Clary didn’t just lay down like a lump and wait for death like a lot of Young Adult heroines I can name would have done.
Even though the demon was much more powerful that Clary, she fought back with everything she could get her hands on. Clary ends up shoving the sensor she stole from Jace at the end of Chapter 3 in the thing’s mouth.
And speaking of the Ravener, I freaking loved how terrifying the Ravener was. The thing was described as a mix between an alligator and centipede with black eyes. Then add how the Ravener started to talk about how it wanted to eat Clary? Yeah, it was suitably terrifying and I don’t blame Clary for one moment for being afraid.
Another great description from Clare comes at towards the end of the Chapter after Clary wakes up in alley, poisoned with the poison from the Ravener’s claws. Jace found her in the apartment with the dead Ravener and carried her to the alley. As, they about to get away, demons disguised as a police officer s come the apartment to clean up any trace of demonic activity.
I actually found this really smart on the demon community’s part. It keeps the demonic race from being outed to mundanes. So kudos to Clare for that. Back to the story! So while Jace is trying to get a sick and disoriented Clary back to the institute, one of the demons cops come up to them and I love how Clary described the demon:
“She could see the police coming up the path. One of them, a slim blond woman, held a flashlight in one hand. As she raised it, Clary saw the hand was fleshless, a skeleton hand sharpened to bone points at the fingertips. “Her hand—”
I really like that, both written well, and eery as hell. Clare diffidently gets another gold star for that.