Monday, April 4, 2011

Review: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Published by Margaret K. McElderry
Date Published: March 24, 2009
Rating: 5/5

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 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 new found 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 Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments.
You might think I'm crazy for waiting so long to read this series and I would have to agree with you there. I read City of Bones nearly a year ago and loved it I was still new to the whole YA genre/casual reading scene. Before, other than Harry Potter and Twilight, I had read little to no books outside of what was required of me educationally. I am so glad there are epics like these that don't allow for underdeveloped characters and lackluster plot lines. These are the stories that define a genre. These are the stories that keep me reading.

Now back to the series. City of Glass blew me away. This was the best paced, best written, and best story of the series by far! If you haven't read the previous two, look away now. Not like you should be reading this anyways...

In City of Ashes, we learn that Valentine is building his demon army and that he will stop at nothing until the Clave is purged of its "impurities". Valentine wants to promote his fellow Shadowhunters to their heavenly mission: to wipe out demons. But to also keep Downworlders in their place. He sees Downworlders as just as much a threat to the earth as demons and takes it upon himself to rid the world of them. Therefore, this book was what it all came down to. The war to end all wars. You were either with Valentine or against him.

City of Glass is where we finally see Clary as a defining character. Yes, she was the protagonist of the others as well, but Clary has grown a lot since City of Bones. She is finally stepping up into her role as a Shadowhunter and gaining the self-confidence it takes to step up to take on her father. I've loved seeing her transition from this slightly rebellious young girl into this strong-willed, fierce Shadowhunter. She may not have had the training growing up with her mother, but she is picking up the tricks quickly.

Becoming a Vampire is no day/night transition. Well, it is literally, but for Simon it takes some adjusting. You don't just automatically get used to craving blood instead of pizza. I was really impressed with how he changed for the better throughout the story as well. Where he was seen as sort of a "geek in the background" type character before, he really came out in this one.

Enough about characters. I can't say enough good things about this book. What was to be the final installment of The Mortal Instruments series definitely went out with a bang! It is no understatement to say that this was my favorite of the series and I can't wait to see where Cassie takes the story in City of Fallen Angels! I know all you girls can't wait for the DSAS haha It's gonna be an intense read! I can tell you that much.


  1. Awesome review! This book was my favorite of the 3 so far as well. It has so much action and a lot of growth. I cannot wait to read COFA...It won't be long now!!

  2. I agree...this series is amazing! I'm excited to read City of Fallen Angels and see how it compares :)

  3. I just started reading City of Bones, and I love it! I can't wait for this book as well as the read of the series. :)

  4. I really liked this book too. Great review.

  5. So glad you like COG! You were smart to wait. The rest of us have been pining for more of this series for a while. I wish I had of read them slower! ;) -C