Book Review: City of Glass

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Release: March 2009
Series: The Mortal Instruments #3
Pages: 541

To save her mothers 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 realises exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever cost?
Love is mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third instalment of the New York Times bestselling series, the Mortal Instruments.

City of Glass is my personal favourite out of all TMI novels. There were so many holy-crap-did-that-just-happen-moments and one gigantic heart breaking moment that had me in tears. There isn’t really much I can say about this book without giving much away because most of this book is one big revelaion. Questions that we have longed to have answered finally are and friendships and relationships reach new heights. Love, loss, betrayal – this book is an emotional roller coaster ride that will have you gasping, cursing, and crying and Cassandra offsets it all with the witty comments and playful banter these characters are well known for.

“‘Is this the part where you say if I hurt her, you’ll kill me?’ ‘No,’ Simon said, ‘If you hurt Clary she’s quite capable of killing you herself. Possibly with a variety of weapons.'”

Until now we have gotten bits and pieces of each characters lives, delving deeper into them and learning more about them in each book. In City of Glass emotions and tension runs high and we get to see not only a whole new side of the Shadowhunter world but new depths of the characters we already love.
Simon, our favourite permanently friend-zoned BFF, is now not only adjusting to being a vampire, but a vampire immune to the sun. He is an oddity even amongst Downworlders and no one knows quite what to do with him – including himself. Magnus and Alec, those gorgeous darlings are as fabulous as ever and their relationship reaches a whole new level. We get more of our favourite werewolf and meet some of his family but most importantly – to me anyway – you get to see a whole new side of Isabelle in this book. So far, although we have seen a lot of her throughout the first two novels, she has always been a little superficial – you never really saw anything real or emotional. She has this tough as nails facade about her that seems impenetrable but in this book you see the real Isabelle and damn is she freaking awesome.
I love stories that are unpredictable – there is nothing worse than knowing what is going to happen after the first few chapters. Cassandra Clare, the creative genius that she is, kept my guessing for the first two book and with this one, she will blow your mind. This book is filled to the brim with captivating chapters and there isn’t a dull moment. City of Glass perfectly highlights why The Mortal Instruments is a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra has filled this book with rich characters and an intense and action packed storyline that holds your attention hostage with every page. There is not a moment of this book that I was not completely captured by this world and the enchanting characters within it.

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)

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