City Of Glass by Cassandra Clare
(Book #3 of The Mortal Instruments)
Format: Hardcover, 541 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: 3/24/2009
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Goodreads Summary: 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.
We see a lot of growth in our characters in this book especially with Clary. There was more emotion in this book than all the books before combined. Lots of losses and secrets being bared out to for everyone to see. Not to mention, the truth that I've been waiting for to resurface has finally come out and it's been like a splinter being pulled out. I was so emotionally invested in this book after such heartbreaking turn of events in the past and this book did not dissappoint. Although my heart did stop more than once but that's okay, I still managed to restart it.
The book was 500+ pages long. I did devour it for the most part but there we're some parts that could have been omitted to keep the story pace as lively as possible. I did enjoy the adventure, the action and especially the romantic tension between Jace and Clary.
I loved that we we're brought to the world of Shadowhunters this time. It was a nice change of scenery to be brought into the walls of Idris, the image of it was so vivid in my mind. I never once been to Prague or Paris but that's how it appeared to my mind. As well as the movie, Pride and Prejudice.
With the death of an old, comes in the new. Yes, well, Cassandra Clare was a little sneaky here. She did manage to perfectly yet subtly set up a whole new dilemma for the next books without giving away too much. The series could have properly ended here if she chose to do so but I'm really glad she didn't! The Mortal Instruments series are just consuming and it always leaves you wanting more.
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