Would you consider Clary to be a strong female character if you only read City of Bones? Why? I considered her a strong character in the first book. She was not just central but the potential she had, you knew she was destined for something but had some maturing to do. In that, the promise in her is what makes her a strong character. The elements we see of it, her stubbornness and fierceness in her protection of those she loved, her ability to commit to action. It's the more mature aspects that would temper those things into being more positive than negative; wisdom, strategy, planning, experience.
I finally got and finished CoG!!! It's wonderful to see how Clary matured and grew and I know she is not done yet. I agree that Simon posses the best continuation as so much is unsure of his future.
I do look forward to the prequels. I think it will be interesting to see Magnus younger. How he may have been different then than the is now.
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