I mean, I just finished the book and I don’t know how I feel. I think I need therapy after this, specially if I’ll have to wait 2 GODDAMN YEARS to put my hands on QoAaD.
I’ve managed to put my thoughts in order because this book left me with so many questions and too little answers, and I need to share them with someone.
-First things first, I can’t be the only one that is sure that this boy Ash is the son of Sebastian and the Queen, AND the secret deadly weapon Sebastian left behind after his death. RIGHT???? And if I remember correctly, he seemed to be standing on a weapons room that had a symbol similar to the one of the Unseelie King. Maybe the Queen also thinks she should be queen of both realms and wants to put her son on the Unseelie throne? I know she promised the Shadowhunters to put Adaon on the throne, but she could very well do that and kill him five seconds after to put her own son instead, and still wouldn’t count as lying.
-Second, now that Robert is dead, the deal he made with Emma and Julian about Emma’s exile is obviously cancelled. What the hell are they gonna do now about the parabatai curse? The only options I can find right now are a) Using the wicked solution that comes with the Black Volume and b) Summoning an angel. Cassandra hinted recently on her tumblr that angels might have a part to play in QoAaD.
-I think Julian is gonna be totally insane after what happened to Livvy. Like, I think is gonna cross the line between morally ambiguous and pure psycho. I think he’s gonna blame himself and go paranoid about his other siblings and protecting what’s left of his family, and that can’t lead to anything good.
-mY POOR TY OMG. I don’t know how he’s going to cope with this, my pure, beautiful child. On a side note, Kit and him are SO gay for each other.
-I can’t be the only one who’s dying to know who Kit’s mom is, right? It seems to be something odd going on about that. Like when Hypathia (I think it was her) asks him who his mom is at the shadow market, he says he doesn’t know and she looks at him in surprise like she knew something he didn’t. Or when the Ridder tells him he knows him and asks him who he is. I have this theory that Kit’s mom was a shadowhunter that left him and his dad, or that maybe was killed or severely punished for being with a “mundane”, and that’s why Johnny hated nefilim so bad.
-And last but not least… AM I THE ONLY ONE THAT REALIZED THAT RAGNOR FELL IS ALIVE????????????? I mean, the strange warlock that was willing to help the nefilim children at the shadow market. The concealing of his appearance. The green skin. The “call me Shade, though that’s not my real last name”. The fact that he disappeared when he saw Magnus. The fact that Cassie said once that he is the only character she truly regrets having killed. HE IS RAGNOR FELL, RAGNOR FELL IS ALIVE, FIGHT ME.
He’d fallen in love with Idris at first sight. He hadn’t expected that at all. It was like walking into a fairy tale. And not the sort he’d grown used to at the Shadow Market, where faeries were another kind of monster. The kind he’d seen on TV and in books when he was little, a world of magnificent castles and lush forests.
I thought you were here about Kit,” Julian said. “What with him being a Herondale and all."
There was a rustle upstairs and a faint muttering. Ty had been sleeping in front of Kit’s door for the past nights, an odd behaviour no one had remarked on. Emma assumed Ty found Kit unusual and interesting in the matter that he sometimes found bees and lizards unusual and interesting.
I am pretty sure watching his little sister die in his arms broke Julian. I think we can say goodbye to the polite, composed, calculating Julian that we know and love, because from now on we’ll only be seeing ruthless Julian, the one Kieran had glimpsed in LM.
Until now, we have seen Julian fight tooth and nail to make sure his family was okay. This Julian, who has seen Livvy die in his arms, doesn’t have much left to lose. I can already see him blaming himself for what happened, blaming his softness. He tried the diplomatic approach, and it got his sister killed. He is going to be ruthless now, and he will push everyone away. With Mark and (possibly Helen + Aline) back, he doesn’t have to be overprotective of the kids anymore. If he’s not being a father and a mother and a brother at the same time, he can focus on getting what he wants. And maybe, even on getting revenge. Or worse, vengeance.
I am not entirely sure even Emma’s love can heal that kind of grief. I think Julian is prepared to burn down the world from spite. I don’t want to say say Julian will go mad because of the grief and the parabatai curse and become a villain. I think he will always hold onto his love for his family and Emma. His Tarot card was True North after all. He will always keep his priorities. But what if, in his ruthless defense of his loved ones, Julian does burn down the world? What if, just like Malcolm’s obsession for Annabel, Julian’s love becomes unwanted, because it comes with blood and destruction?
This is crazy and, frankly, the worst case scenario I can think of. But it is based on one piece of canon that was hinted at and reiterated a lot between LM and LOS:
“But it might not matter,” said Ty. “In which case I would have failed. And I’d rather no one know.” He began to murmur under his breath, the way he did sometimes.
Ty paused in his murmuring. “I don’t mind,” he said, “if it’s you.”
Kit wanted to ask him why not, wanted to ask badly, but Ty looked as if he wasn’t sure he knew the answer himself.
I wonder what other family mottoes are,“ Emma mused. ’‘Do you know any?”
“The Lightwood family motto is 'We mean well”’.
Julian looked over at her. “No, really, it actually is.”
“Seriously? So what’s the Herondale family motto? 'Chiseled but angsty’?”
He shrugged. 'If you don’t know what your last name is, it’s probably Herondale’?“
Emma burst out laughing. ’'What about Carstairs?” she asked, tapping Cortana. “ 'We have a sword’? 'Blunt instruments are for losers’?”
“Morgenstern,” offered Julian. “When in doubt, start a war’?”
“How about 'Has even one of us ever been any good, like ever, seriously’?”
“Seems long,” said Julian. “And kind of on the nose.”
They were both giggling almost too hard to talk.