Rated 4 stars **** ebook. 2009. The Mortal Instruments #3. Margaret K. McElderry Books.
Valentine is obsessed with ridding the world of Downworlders. With both the Mortal Cup and Sword in his possession, he only needs to find the Mirror to have everything in place for his evil plans. Knowing the Clave will want to exploit Clary’s new power, and that Valentine is aware of it too, Jace tries to keep her from coming to Idris with his family for Clave meetings. However, Clary wants to find the antidote that will revive her mom. Despite knowing that Jace is capable of doing so himself, she deliberately launches herself into Idris through a portal of her own making – not realizing that to do so is to break the Law since she doesn’t have permission to be in the country.
Meanwhile, Simon has his own problems. As a vampire who can walk in the sunlight without fear of death, he is an object of scrutiny for the Clave. It doesn’t take long for him to become their prisoner, unbeknownst to any of the Lightwoods or Clary.
Angry that Jace doesn’t want her in Idris Clary joins forces with Sebastian, who volunteers to help her find the warlock who can break her mother’s spell. Sebastian is living with the Lightwoods but, while handsome and mysterious, has a strange anger that keeps him apart from others.
With Valentine setting a deadline for the ultimate Shadowhunter battle, Simon in prison, Jace avoiding her, and Sebastian vying for her attention Clary doesn’t know where to turn. The clock is ticking towards an ultimate showdown of the Shadowhunter variety, with surprises and revealed secrets that will keep readers on the edges of their seats.
Recommended for ages 14 and older.