WARNING: This review contains spoilers for the first book and second book of the series.
Title: City of Glass
( The Mortal Instruments #3 )
Author: Cassandra Clare
First published: 24. March 2009
Edition: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Paperback, 592 pages
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult | Paranormal
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 her best friend, 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?
◄ 4 out of 5 stars ►
Before actually going into this review, I would like to say that I have reviewed the other two books in this series and you can check out my reviews for them
(if you are interested in more of my thoughts on them):
First lets start with the things that I enjoyed about this book. The first is, obviously, all the interactions between Magnus and Alec! I love them together and seeing everything that happened between the two of them in this book was especially wonderful. They are basically the reason that this ended up being a 4 star book for me and not a 3 star one. I just love them two of them, they are definitely my favourite characters within this series!
Simon was amazing within this book as well! I loved that we got to spend more time with him and the more I read about him the more I love him. He is amazing and he ruled this book, I seriously hope that we get even more of him in future books. I also liked the scenery change, it was fascinating to see Idris and Alicante. It definitely brought variety to the story.
I already knew the biggest plot twists within this story. So they weren’t surprising to me, or anything like that. Why did I know them? A friend of mine told them when she was reading the book
(which I didn’t mind and still don’t). It was really interesting experiencing the events that I had only heard about. And there were some things I didn’t know about as well.
Now onto the part that I disliked within this book. And, like with the first two books, it has to do with Jace and Clary. I seriously can’t stand either of those characters. Although, I do have to say Jace annoyed me less than in the previous books – he might even be growing on me a bit.
(We shall see if that’s the case in the future.) Clary though, I hate her! An example as to why, which Luke put into words:
“Of course you didn’t know. You don’t know anything about Idris. You don’t even care about Idris. You were just upset about being left behind, like a child, and you had a tantrum. And now we’re here.“
She thinks she knows best and doesn’t listen to anyone about anything. Everything MUST to go her way. She frustrates me so much! It’s also not the only reason why I hate her, but it was the main one in this book.
(I don’t want to think too much about it, as I don’t want to frustrate myself even more.) Also the romantic relationship that Cassandra Clare pushes between Clary and Jace makes me very uncomfortable. If they are siblings stop pushing them together and having awkward conversations about loving and wanting each other. It does not make this book romantic, or anything like that!
Overall, I enjoyed most of this book. Especially everything to do with Magnus, Alec and Simon. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in this series. Hopefully I will be able to read it soon!
(Also, how in the world did my review end up being this long?!)