Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Fantasy YA
First Published: 2009
Page Count: 541
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Note: Book 3 of The Mortal Instruments series
The answers to your burning Mortal Instruments questions are answered in this culmination of storylines and shocking plot twists.
*Answers! *New Settings/ Characters
“People aren’t born good or bad. Maybe they’re born with tendencies either way, but its the way you live your life that matters.” Clary ‘s mother is still stuck in a magically induced coma and the only way to revive her is for Clary to travel to her mother’s childhood home, the City of Glass. Her mission angers Jace, gets her vampire friend Simon in hot water with the Shadowhunters, and introduces her to the mysterious Sebastian who she finds herself inexplicably drawn to. With Valentine’s demon army nearly complete, will Clary be able to wake her mother and save Downworlders like Simon, and her fellow Shadowhunters from the threat of war?
For some reason I keep coming back to this series. It’s not the best thing I’ve ever read and when I look at the books sitting on my shelves I think to myself, “oh yeah, I still need to finish those…” And yet when I read them, there is just enough story to keep me mildly interested. Well, my half-hearted dedication has finally paid off after reading City of Glass. The questions that I’ve wanted answered, that have kept me coming back to this series, are finally answered! What’s even better is that Clare’s answer to pieces we’ve been missing in the Mortal Instruments puzzle is very satisfying and nothing I could’ve guessed. This book also hit home for me because we finally get to visit the Shadowhunter’s home base. With the addition of new characters like the curious Sebastian, this book kept me thoroughly engaged as you’re hit with twist after twist.
This book is still not the best thing I’ve ever read, but with that being said, there wasn’t anything that I considered negative. I think I got through this book the fastest out of the other two I’d read which is a testament to the story. While it doesn’t compare to other young adult or fantasy books I’ve read, that has to do more with how much I enjoy a story overall. And it is a great story, even if it’s not the best I’ve ever read. That’s where the four instead of five out of five star comes into play.
I was beyond happy to get so many answers in one book, considering I was under the impression I had to get through the next three books in the series to get them. But that begs the question, what is there left to say about these characters and this world? I’ve got three more thick books sitting on my shelf and with this nice feeling of closure in my mind after finishing this book, I don’t see what more the author could have to write about. Full disclosure, I did read the back of the next book so I do have some idea of where Clare is going in the next book. I guess I’ll have to keep going in the series to find out what’s in store, but for now, I’m very satisfied with where the author takes the reader in this book.