09 April 2011

Book Review: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Release Date: March 24, 2009
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Rating: 3 out of 5
Recommended? Yes!
Buy the Book: Amazon US |Amazon UK

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 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 new found powers to help save the Glass City -- whatever the cost? - Goodreads page

This review contains some spoilers from the previous two books in the series. I don't suggest reading this review until you've read the other books!

City of Glass is the third book in the Mortal Instruments series, however it was meant to be the final book in a trilogy, before Cassandra Clare decided to write three more books. This is very apparent in the novel, as this book holds all of the necessities of a finale! There is non-stop action, along with heart breaking scenes and moments.

I shan’t say much about the plot, because whereas I am usually great at being spoiler-free, I don’t think I’d be able to manage it for this book! Just remember that the plot is fantastic, as are the characters. If you’re familiar with this series then I don’t need to tell you that Clare is a brilliant writer. She has an amazing ability to capture the reader and drag them into her world.

I loved Clary’s part in this book. She has always been very mature for her age, and yet she seems to become even more so as this book comes to a close. And it’s completely understandable considering how much she goes through! Her storyline intertwines with a lot of others, and whilst it's complicated, it's very compelling!

Jace and Clary discuss their relationship as siblings with feelings for each other a lot in this book. The struggles that these two go through is insane – but in a good way! I’m extremely happy with how their relationship turned out but, again, I won’t ruin it for you!

Simon also had a superb role in CoG. I know he was a big part of CoA (book 2) but in this book he seemed to be a lot more active, if that makes sense. There was so much going on with Simon, and his development was so, so intriguing as certain things were done to him, and I loved reading about how he was coping with being a vampire!

Overall, like Clare’s other books, City of Glass is a fantastic read. Like I said, it did wrap up very nicely and left few loose threads. However, there is still a lot more to be explored!


  1. Great review. Still haven't read this series, but I've heard that I seriously have to! Glad you liked it! :D

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed it Amber. I skimmed lightly as I haven't read the second in the series yet.

  3. I was iffy at first to read your review because I literately, just finished City of Ashes!
    Thanks for writing a spoiler-free review of the book, because I don't want to know anything.

    I'm so psyched to read this!! This review just made me more excited :D

  4. Doesn't Cassandra Clare have a Steampunk series or something out now too? If so that's probably on my to reads list.


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