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City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

April 17th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Description from To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters — never mind that enter-ing 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 Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters 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?

For me this book was a satisfying end to a wonderful series.  I really do not think the Mortal Instruments series has gotten as much buzz as it deserves and I highly recommend the entire series.  This books wraps up most of the story lines nicely and you get some action and some romance.  We see the outcome of the tension between Jace and Clary as well as Alec and Magnus.  I will say though that Clary was really getting on my nerves though.  Stop reading here if you do not want any spoilers!

I think when Jace was trying to get her to go back to New York and was telling her that she was too impulsive and did not think of the consequences of her actions that he wasn’t being just mean.  He was totally right.  I mean come on.  Making the portal to go to Idris wasn’t because she needed to go there to save her mother.  It was because she was throwing a temper tantrum about being left behind.  Forget the fact that it was possible Jace could have tried to get the potion to save her mother, or that it was against the law for her to go there along or that it could get the others in trouble.  Then to make it worse, once she got there she throws another temper tantrum when Luke’s sister tells her she shouldn’t go look for Jace and does it anyway.  I really do think Clary was just really lucky things worked out for her.

Wow, that turned into a rant but really this book was awesome and I am glad Clary and Jace and Alec and Magnus end up together.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

7 Responses

  1. Katie

    I loved the book, and the whole series. I agree, it needs more buzz. I had never heard of the series until a couple months ago.

    And yes…Jace was absolutely right about Clary. But he’s a stubborn jerk (who I absolutely adore!!), so it evens out for me ;)

  2. dsuzuki

    LOL. Yeah, he is a real jerk sometimes. I really liked Magnus in this book.

  3. Lisette

    I really loved the ending of this series, I kinda think it should all have been one book because the first two were bleh

  4. dsuzuki

    I think it would have been a lot to fit into one book but it was a great ending.

  5. tamara

    I absolutely loved this series… I do agree that it didn’t get as much hype as it should have… And now if only guys like Jace really did exist.. lol.. Stubborn and all..

  6. dsuzuki

    LOL…someone on my book club said she might check out the series. I hope she does!

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