Review – City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Glass
Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #3
Previous Book: City of Ashes
Next Book: City of Fallen Angels
Source: Personal purchase

Description from Goodreads:

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 – 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 Timesbestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments.


After the ending of City of Ashes,  I was left with so many questions that I needed answered, and since The Mortal Instruments was originally supposed to be a trilogy, I knew that I’d get those answers in City of Glass, so I was very anxious to start it.

The beginning of City of Glass was fairly slow, and Jace was getting on my nerves. Seriously, his self-loathing was getting old. I get it: your father is a monster, but you love him anyway, and that makes you a monster, but seriously? Get over yourself. You’re clearly not a monster! Also, the back and forth of Clary and Jace’s relationship is just so incredibly frustrating! I mean, I loved them together in City of Bones and really want them to be together, but the brother/sister thing is kind of something you can’t really get past.

However, I felt like the action picked up fairly quickly, and there was enough of it interspersed with mysteries (with a bit more world-building, since they’re now in Idris) and a few new characters thrown in, that it really gave City of Glass a good pace, and I had a hard time putting it down. I also had a sneaking suspicion about something from things I’ve read (and the movie), so I was anxious to see if I was right. That always helps to keep me reading at a feverish pace!

I think that the new characters added an interesting dynamic, though I did predict something about one of them. Learning more about Idris was interesting to me, as well, along with learning a bit more back story.

There were some big twists toward the climax of the book that I totally didn’t see coming and had me wide-eyed with amazement and horror. I don’t think I ever could have predicted the way everything came out and was resolved. It was insane, but in a great way.

City of Glass was great, and I couldn’t put it down. I even stayed up until almost 2:30am (on a school night) to finish it! Honestly, I thought that the ending was near perfect, so I’m a bit nervous about the fact that Clare decided to extend the series, but I’ll probably still finish it out.

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