Book Review: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare


City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments #3)

Rating: 5 stars

Official Synopsis:

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 third installment of the New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.

My thoughts:

Of all the 3 books I’ve read so far, I enjoyed this the most! Cassandra Clare’s ability to seduce the reader through plot twists, mysteries, and action never ceases to amaze me. Like the other two books, I find myself absolutely glued to the novel, negligent of all other responsibilities.

As City of Glass was mainly set in Alicante, this novel, if not before, had a slightly more mythical element to it. As Alicante was where Shadowhunters came from, it was also where most of the characters’ secret past were to be revealed. With the appearance of Sebestian, Simon’s captivity, Jocelyn’s reappearance, and Valentine’s knowledge of the mirror’s location, this novel constantly pushes us to the edge, gripping with suspense and anticipation for what is to unfold.

Also, this book was probably the most heart-wrenching one of all in the Mortal Instruments Series. In this book, Jace, who’d once seemed cold and unfeeling, began to reveal his emotions more, both to himself and to Clary. This book portrayed Jace to be more vulnerable than the other two, and the fact that his family history was getting more complicated and uncertain makes you feel for him even more. Afterall, he’s just seventeen and no teenager deserves to go through so much. But this uncertainty of his family origins is accompanied by a possibility for Jace and Clary’s sibling situation to be untrue, bringing hope to Jace-Clary supporters! 🙂

At this point, I’m still not sure if I like Clary as a character yet. While she seems stronger, knowledgable and slightly more contributive as a Shadowhunter now, she is still headstrong, impulsive and demanding as ever.

At this mid-point, I’m excited to see how the rest of the series unfolds, yet slightly apprehensive of being let down, because I really want it to be good. It’s a rather long series, and City of Glass seems like an adequately conclusive and wonderful end if The Mortal Instruments were to be a trilogy instead. I hope the rest of the series will not disappoint, building on further from the amazing standard set by the first three novels.

Favourite Quotes:

– “There is no pretending,” Jace said with absolute clarity. “I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I’ll love you then.”

– “You said you were going for a walk!? What kind of walk takes six hours?”
“A long one?”

– “People aren’t born good or bad. Maybe they’re born with tendencies either way, but its the way you live your life that matters.”

– “Despite everything, I can’t bear the thought of this ring being lost forever, any more then I can bear the thought of leaving you forever.”

-“You had to make a crazy jail friend, didn’t you? You couldn’t just count ceiling tiles or tame a pet mouse like normal prisoners do?”

– “Waiting for a special occasion to kill me? Christmas is coming.”


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