So I heard a lot of complaints from people who have read this book that Clary and Jace’s relationship is an unhealthy and toxic relationship, and they would be absolutely right! Jace is often verbally abusive to Clary. Jace belittles Clary every chance he gets, he is also controlling, and manipulative. Clary, on the other hand, is just as controlling, obsessive, and manipulative as Jace, the only difference is that she is not outwardly verbally abusive towards him. We have seen over and over again that a girl can’t even look at Jace or Simon without Clary instantly getting jealous. Clary is also very quick to anger if she is not the center of either of their attention.
However, with Cassandra Clare force feeding us Clary and Jace’s toxic relationship at every turn, a lot of people turn a blind eye to how toxic the other relationships such as Clary’ and Jace’s friendships and familial relationships are. I already talked ad nauseam about how Simon and Clary’s relationship is just as toxic and unhealthy as Clary and Jace’s relationship, but for me, a lot of people seem to never realize that out of all the relationships in this book, Alec and Jace have the worst relationship in the book hands down. Seriously, Jace is all too quick to berate Alec, to manipulate him, and to discard him at drop of a hat. Jace has yet to show any type of affection towards Alec at all.
Yet, unlike Simon, Alec can’t just walk away. Spoiler Alert: Alec and Jace are supposed to be closer than brothers. They are Parabatai, essentially their souls were bonded together as children (yes, I know it’s creepy, and yes I will rant about this later) but my point is that Alec is forced due to this bound to be with Jace for the rest of his life.
I just can’t help but feel sorry for Alec. Yes, Alec is just as much of an asshole any other Shadowhunter, but he diffidently got the short end of the stick Alec is gay, living in a very heteronormative homophobic (and xenophobic) society that only values blind obedience and servitude. And Alec, the poor bastard, is stuck with Jace for the rest of his life. To be honest, Alec’s life is full of suck.