My reviewrating: 3 of 5 stars
Having read Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series, as well as Need, Strange Angels and a host (pun intended) of other human/non-human books, this book didn't stand out for me. It's good, don't get me wrong, but it just didn't W.O.W. me.
At times it felt as though Clare was tossing in all the images, demons and tropes she could remember from her previous reading and mashed them all together into something not-quite-new. For example, I figured out Jace's secret well before the reveal, Some of the names were really Potteresque, and the Silent Brotherhood was a little (in looks, anyway) too like Buffy's Gentlemen.
What saved it from the utter pastiche of, say, Paolini's Inheritance series, is that there is an intelligence there that might lead to something more in the next book (or books) in the series. We'll see.
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