Review: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

3777732City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 541
Rating: 5
Date Read: 07/09/2013

Love is a mortal sin, and the secrets of the past are deadly. Plunge into the third instalment in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and prepare to be hooked.

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?

City of Glass is the third instalment in the Mortal Instruments series, written by Cassandra Clare. City of Glass brings an epic conclusion of the first three books, and an interesting beginning to the next three books. Questions are answered, changes have been made and new truths have been discovered. City of Glass is filled with incredible friendship, heartbreaking romance, a developed world and unexpected plot twists.

Clary’s journey to Alicante in Idris brings her closer to discovering not only a way to wake her mother from her self induced coma, but it also brings her to a family history that only few know. Now, with Valentine getting ever closer to achieving his ultimate goal she faces decisions that impact the fate of both Shadowhunters and Downworlders alike.

Due to the fact that her feelings for Jace are something that she shouldn’t be feeling they both try to distance themselves from one another, however there is still a pull that draws them ever closer. Many other characters have their own romantic drama, as Alec still has yet to tell his parents about his relationship with Magnus Bane and Simon grows closer to Isabelle and Maia which help the romantic aspect of this book to be redeemed.

Magnus and Alec in City of Glass received their deserved spotlight. I loved their interactions and all the details about their relationship. Magnus and Alec being one of my favourite things about this series, I was thrilled by their relationship development. I am more fascinated with the both of them than I am with Jace and Clary. Jace and Clary’s romance was awkward, cringe-worthy and frustrating to read about until the end. I’ve never been an admirer of their romance.

I really enjoyed the character development we got to see in City of Glass, as well as the world development. I love when author’s pull in a lot of backstory and history, and I felt Clare did it perfectly. The history aspects never bored me and added a lot of depth to secondary characters.

Each character in City of Glass had an interesting personality, especially Sebastian. Mysterious and charming in the start. Other characters in City of Glass has come a long way with character development.

We learn in this instalment what exactly happened surrounding the events of the Uprising, what happened between Valentine and Jocelyn. We are introduced Sebastian, a dark and mysterious Shadowhunter who’s charm and charisma starts to sway Clary and there may be more to him than meets the eye.

Cassandra Clare works magic with this novel. The excitement begins on the first page and doesn’t stop until the final sentence. The writing is wonderful as usual, and as I’ve mentioned in my other Mortal Instrument’s reviews, I appreciate and enjoy Cassandra Clare’s writing. It’s descriptive, colourful and has the right amount of dialogue. As always, I love the humour in the book, which unfortunately, doesn’t compare to City of Bones. But the humour remained, and I loved it, especially the one-liners

As the title suggested, a huge portion of the book takes place in the City of Glass, also known as Idris. I just loved the setting of this one.

This instalment had everything you could want, action, betrayal and deaths. So much goes on in this book. This third book had many tests, turns and revelations. Some, I expected and some were completely surprising to me. The dynamics are constantly changing as new characters and relationships are revealed. City of Glass was indescribably epic. This book was just so action-packed from beginning to end.

Overall, I thought it was a great continuation of this series. I enjoyed every minute of reading this.

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