City of Bones Book Discussion Week 6Monday, May 09, 2011
• Each week I will do a detailed discussion of the plot of that week’s chapters (every Monday!). I will also highlight characterization, quotes, favorite parts, random scenes, and ask/answer questions.
• Argh, thar be spoilers ahead, matey!! While each week will be spoiler-free for the next chapters in the book, all of the previous chapters I’ve read will become free game. So to keep this discussion fun for readers who have not read the amazing series try to keep your comments spoiler-free, from the next chapters, as possible.
• At the end of each post, questions will be asked. Feel free to participate every week! We’d love to hear your opinion but you don’t have to answer everything. The questions are only there as guidelines but I’d love to read your tangents on that week’s chapters. And if you feel totally inspired about this book, as much as I am, you could always discuss your own opinion in a guest post: just fill out the form HERE.
For an entire schedule of our discussion (or just in case you’ve missed a post), you can go HERE. And I am also giving away a copy of City of Bones, to enter the contest, go HERE. Finally, on to the moment you’ve all been waiting for. *drumroll*
Chapter 11: Magnus Bane
Jace invites Alec and Isabelle “to the greatest restaurant in New York” (190). Isabelle brings Simon, who appears to still be falling for Isabelle’s good looks. The restaurant, Taki’s, is a dining place specifically for Shadowhunters and Downworlders. They serve raw meat, raw fish, and human food.
Jace tells the group what happened with the Silent Brothers and about the warlock, Magnus Bane. Isabelle, nonchalantly, takes a party invitation out of her purse-- she had taken it from a kelpie in the club, Pandemonium. Magnus Bane was holding “a rapturous evening of delights beyond your wildest imaginings” (197). They all agree to go to the party to remove the block in Clary’s mind.
The party doesn’t start until late, so back at the Institute Clary decides to take a nap since she’s been losing sleep. She fails to fall asleep and ventures to the library in search of Hodge to give her a sleeping potion. The library is empty, but her eye catches a photograph of the original Circle. She finds her Mom in the bunch, when she was at Clary’s age. Hodge comes in and ruins Clary’s thought. Her mom’s arm was hugging Valentine, he “was good-looking, with hair so fair it was nearly white, and black eyes” (199). She discovers Luke, Jace’s father Michael Wayland, and Hodge himself.
Not to overstay her welcome, Clary quietly excuses herself from the room with a request for a sleeping potion. Jace was in her room when she returned, he was looking through her sketchbook. Clary describes it as a “diary… ‘A diary with no drawings of me [Jace] in it?’” (204). She still wishes to go to sleep and Jace tells her a bedtime story to calm her mind. Jace tells her of his falcon, how he taught it to love: “that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed” (206).
Chapter 12: Dead Man’s Party
The party finally starts, where each character decides to go off and do their own thing. Alec and Jace put holy water in the vampires’ motorcycles, Simon and Isabelle dance the night away, while Clary finds Magnus.
Clary, Jace, Alec, and Magnus go to the warlock’s room to talk privately. She explains that there is a block in her mind. Magnus curses himself for making it so easy to be able to recognize his own work. “My signature… I knew it was folly when I did it. An act of hubris…” (225). Magnus Bane discusses how proud he was of the magnificent work done on Clary’s mind. “It was the way she wanted it” (226).
When Clary wished for him to explain who wanted the block in her mind, she seemed to already have a hunch of whom it might have been. Her mother.
Why do you think her mother put the block in her mind? Do you think she had a right to or should it have been Clary’s choice?
REMEMBER: Please try to give a minimum of spoilers unless it is about the chapters we have read already. Also, every comment (one per post) on our discussion posts gives you extra entries if you are entered to win a copy of City of Bones.