CITY OF BONES Read-Along: Chapter 18

In honor of the movie coming out in theaters on August 21st, I have decided to join the City of Bones Read-Along. If you haven't read this book, now is the perfect opportunity! Especially if you're planning to see the movie. If you would like to join, click here for more info. NOTE: If you haven't read the book, please beware of spoilers in the Read-Along posts. There will be quotes and chapter summaries, as well as my own thoughts on certain events that occur within the story and I don't plan on holding back.

Chapter 18: The Mortal Cup


The chapter begins in Jace's point of view. He's lying in bed pretending to sleep when there's a knock on his door. When he answers it, he finds Clary standing in the doorway holding her sketchpad. The view switches back to Clary. She says she needs to show him something and proceeds to pull a coffee cup out of a drawing. She knows where the Mortal Cup is: in Madame Dorothea's tarot deck. Jace wakes everyone in the Institute at the crack of dawn to Alec's annoyance. He continues to chide Jace over his "addiction to danger" and tells them all that Clary should go alone. Jace tells Alec he can stay home if he's afraid but the rest of them (aside from Hodge) are going. Alec reluctantly agrees to go after that. Clary calls Simon for a ride; it takes some begging but he agrees to pick them up. When Jace, Alec and Isabelle go off to ready themselves Hodge and Clary talk of love and the imbalance of power that comes along with it. The others return and they all go downstairs to meet Simon. They climb in the van, Clary sitting in the front seat awkwardly attempting to have a normal conversation with Simon while the others talk softly in the back. When they arrive at the apartment building, Jace and the others go to check for demonic activity while Simon and Clary wait in the van and return to say that the activity is low. They ask Simon to stay in the van in case they need to get away quickly then enter the building to speak with Madame Dorothea. They explain to her that the Mortal Cup has been in her possession all this time and they need to retrieve it. Clary sifts through the cards finding the one with the cup on it then, using Jace's stele, she traces the runes on the back of the card. She reaches into the card, grasps the cup and pulls it out. The rest of the card crumbles to ashes on the floor.


Where there is feeling that is not requited, there is an imbalance of power. It is an imbalance that is easy to exploit, but it is not a wise course. Where there is love, there is often also hate. They can exist side by side.

"Look at me, and really see me. Can you do that?"
"Seeing through glamour is easy. It's people that are hard."
"We all see what we want to see."

"Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?"
"Unfortunately, Lady of the Have, my one true love remains myself."
"At least you don't have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland."
"Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting."


Yay!! They finally know where the cup is and have retrieved it! And Clary and Simon sort of make up after their fight, though there's still a little bit of tension between them. There isn't much else that happens within this chapter, but there are a few great quotes. Wow. Only four more chapters and the epilogue left!! This read-along has just flown by, but luckily that just means we're getting closer to the release date at the movies!! Gosh I can't wait to see this on film!

Do you have any thoughts you'd like to add/share about this chapter? A favorite quote?
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Happy Reading!


  1. Gah! I have been saying to myself ever since the movie was announced that I would get around to finally reading these books before it came out but I don't think that is happening.

    1. I've just been reading a chapter a day, sometimes two if I miss a day. But you've still got time! I hope you're able to get to them. :) They're so good!


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