Title: City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) written by Cassandra Clare
Genre: YA Ficton, YA Paranormal
Published by Margaret K. McElderberry Books
Page count: 376
Format: Ebook (read on Barnes and Noble’s Nook HD+)
Rating: 5/5 – this book was so good it hurts
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #12
Clary and her fellow Nephilim are back in the third book in the Mortal Instuments series. This third installation picks up exactly where the second one left us with Clary preparing to journey through a portal with the Lightwoods to Alicante in Idris a.k.a The City of Glass in order to meet a warlock who can help her awaken her mother from her potion induced coma. The City of Glass is the Shadowhunter hometown and is called the City of Glass because of the warded glass towers whose powerful wards have been spelled to keep demons out. Downworlders and really anybody that is not formally welcomed by the Clave is strictly forbidden from entering. Through a turn of events, The Lightwoods along with Jace and a pretty badly hurt Simon journey through the portal without Clary. Angry about being left behind, Clary creates her own portal to Alicante and accidentally takes Luke (a downworlder) with her. Little does Clary know 1) how much trouble she is going to be in with literally everyone and 2) what a ticking time bomb she is walking into.
As Valentine’s plans come to fruition and he gathers the Mortal Instruments and his demon army to wreak havoc upon the City of Glass new alliances are forged, relationships shatter while others gain strength, secrets are revealed, loved ones are lost and difficult choices are made. What will happen next?
I gave City of Glass a very much deserved 5 out of 5 rating. Wow, Cassandra Clare, just wow. This book really was everything I was hoping for and much more. I love the way this story picks right up after the second book. Even though I read more than a few books between them I still feel like there was no pause, it was just a seamless transition from the second book to this one, I love that. The writing of course, is beautiful…I loved discovering the City of Glass through Clary’s eyes and the descriptions that Clare has masterfully woven together for us.
I think my love for this series grows with each book I read of it. I felt like there was so much more action, so much more peril, and so much more feeling in this book than in the first two but that’s to be expected as the story grows as well as our relationship with the characters. One thing I really loved about this book was that a lot of my questions regarding the characters and their histories/relationships were answered. The only things that left me with questions were the whole thing with Clary and the Seelie Queen at the end and the whole thing with Simon and the Mark of Cain . Those are going to be two very interesting things to see develop in the next book (hopefully?!) I liked getting to see more of the other Shadowhunters and their politics within the Clave as well. I had also really wondered about Hodge and Raphael so it was great to see them in this story and sort of have those characters wrapped up a little.
One thing I especially liked was that we get to see angels in this book (Raziel and Ithuriel) and Clary actually interacts with both of them. How amazing was it to see Raziel, from whose blood the Nephilims were born) wreak divine justice on Valentine? Ugh and that moment when Clary opens her eyes and Jace is standing before her in all his splendor after having just been dead a few moments before! How happy are we that Clary and Jace are NOT, I repeat NOT brother and sister?! It was a little obvious towards the middle of the book but the ride was that much more intense knowing that there was a possibility that they weren’t! This book was too good! As you can see I definitely loved it. I can’t even handle the fact that there’s more of this series lol but I’m really glad because I can’t part with the characters just yet. I know I’m coming really late to these books and this series but I am actually kind of glad since I don’t have to wait to read them if I don’t want to. Also I feel I must mention the cover of this book which is once again jaw dropping. All the book covers in this series are absolutely gorgeous! This review definitely contained a few spoilers so if you haven’t read these books sorry for that, but you should still read them because they are really really good. I stayed up until four in the morning to finish this one and it was well worth it!
I haven’t yet decided which book I am reading next but stay tuned! I have fallen a book behind because of my school work but I am hoping to have that rectified this week. Happy reading everyone!