City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Published March 24th, 2009

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This is the 3rd installment of The Mortal Instruments series and therefore this review might contain spoilers for the first two books.  Check out our 2012 reviews page for the reviews to the first two books.

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters — never mind that enter-ing the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City — whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Timesbestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments.


Valentine is still on the loose, and with the Mortal Cup and the Mortal Sword in hand, he’s now going after the third of the mortal instruments.  And its rumored to be somewhere in Idris, the home country of the Shadowhunters.  In the meantime, Clary might have a way to wake her mother up, and for that she must also travel to Idris.  What follows is a story that manages to pull everything together with action and twists at every turn.

I have to admit, this was by far not my favorite book in the series.  I thought it started a little slow and it took me a while to get into.  Ok, who am I kidding, I never really did get into it.  I absolutely love this series, and in comparison to the last book, I thought this one was lacking.  There were a ton of twists and turns, which I normally love, except around page 200ish, the book gives you a serious clue in the form of one sentence, and through that sentence I was able to put EVERYTHING together.  I don’t read spoilers in reviews because I want to be surprised, but I felt that this book held no surprises after the MASSIVE hint it dropped.  I was reading the book waiting for the characters to catch on to what I already knew.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved the wrap up in the end, and loved certain conclusions that were reached, but at the same time, I thought that some of the conclusions contradicted parts in book 1.

All that said and done, it was a great ending for what was originally written as a trilogy.  My favorite parts of the book were the complex relationships between the characters.  There were a lot of satisfying situations that made me very happy.  And I loved how much the characters grew from the first book to the third.

Ok, ok, this review might be a little hard on a great series.  I’m more or less just upset that a great surprise was ruined for me by a “hint” dropped early on.  I’ve read other reviews and for those that missed the hint, the book was stellar.  And as much as this wasn’t my favorite book, if you read this series, you have to at least finish book 3 to get the full experience, so yes, I still highly recommend reading it.

3 thoughts on “City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

  1. I just bought the first 2 books in this series, thanks in large part to their lovely cover artwork. Looking forward to reading them.


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