City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass book review

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering 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 Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters 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

My thoughts…

This was a bit better then the last book. Seems to be a trend with this series for me. I don’t know why I’m struggling so much with it, perhaps because it’s just not my cup of tea. I will say this…I DIDN’T HATE CLARY IN THIS BOOK! It’s a miracle! There was a whole lot less whining. It was still only a 3.5 out of 5 stars for me. But that’s a step up!  I didn’t have as hard of a time getting into this book as I did the others. It seemed that the action started right off (thank goodness!!) and kept on going.

There was some relationship drama going on, but finally, it did not over shadow the rest of the story like it did the last 2 books. I didn’t quite understand what was up with Sebastian. I was expecting Clary to be more involved with him by what I read in the synopsis. But she really didn’t turn to him as an ally. He helped her once and Clary was done with him. I didn’t like that even though he gave her reservations after he helped her that she still trusted him. But she’s not perfect.  She is only 16 and 16 yr old make stupid mistakes.

Simon…oh Simon. He seems to be adjusting to his new situation but it can’t be easy at all. Then he gets sucked in to Shadowhunter business. I am starting to wonder if Simon will ever NOT be involved in Shadowhunter business. I wish everything with him would have been resolved, but I suppose that is what book 4 is for.

If I don’t pick up the following books, I think I would be content. This was meant to be a trilogy and she wrapped it up nicely. An epilogue of Jocelyn and Luke’s wedding with whomever Simon has for a date would have wrapped it up indefinitely. But….money dictates actions and book 4 and 5 were born.

Fans of Harry Potter would like this series I think. I haven’t picked up that series and I really don’t have a desire to do so. I am a Twilight fanatic. So I’m a bit shocked I didn’t love this series. This is after all the love child of Twilight and Harry Potter.


Finally, we learn that Jace and Clary are NOT brother and sister. Finally, no squick feelings when they touch. I am happy they got their happily ever after. It was sort of gross when Jace made his big declaration of love, truly believing that Clary was his sister.  Thank goodness that we learned later on that they are not related because ugh, if they could make-out and make declarations of love while believing they are siblings….I don’t even want to KNOW where that would have gone.


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