Thursday, February 19, 2015

Review: City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare

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 third installment of the New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.

So far, I find The Mortal Instruments series to be enjoyable.

In City of Glass, Clary needs to travel to Idris to find the warlock who can help her mother. Meanwhile, Valentine is planning an attack on Idris, the likes of which have never been seen before.

The book started off quite slow for me. Thankfully, the action and the pace picked up and Idris started to get interesting.

In general, I liked the direction of the story. The battle scenes were detailed, and we got to see more about Clave politics. There were also some funny lines here, not all Simon's or Magnus' too.

There are three things, however, that diminished my enjoyment of the book a bit. First, most of the plot twists were easy enough to guess. I was pleasantly surprised, however, to see the solution that Simon comes up with at the end, and I'm eager to see what it means for the next books. Second, the conclusion felt too deus ex machina to completely satisfy me. The happy ending was nice, if expected, but I hoped that the path to it would have been slightly altered. Third, was Clary. I don't despise her as much as Bella from Twilight and Cassia from Matched, but she did annoy me a fair number of times with her impulsiveness and occasional lack of emotional control (i.e. drama queen).

Despite the things I didn't like, I'm still very much interested in finding out what happens in the next book, especially between Alec and Magnus.


  1. We learn more about Idris and the Clave.
  2. Alec and Magnus are a cute couple.
  3. There's a happy conclusion.


  1. A lot of the plot twists were predictable. 

Magnus looked concerned. "That's terrible. Someone should have told you." He glanced at Luke. "Tell him the wards are down.” 

  1. You liked the first two books.
  2. You like Alec and Magnus as a couple.
  3. You like books that have an assortment of supernatural beings as characters. 



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