TITLE: City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3)
AUTHOR: Cassandra Clare
PUBLISHED: Margaret K. McElderry Books
DATE RELEASED: March 24, 2009
PAPERBACK: 541 pages
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
PRECEDED BY: City of Ashes
FOLLOWED BY: City of Fallen Angels
SYNOPSIS: 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?
If you read the previous TMI books, you will know that the books take place in third POV. The theme deals with family, trust, love and having the ability to face one’s fears. This is revealed by the constant problems the characters (mainly Jace and Clary) deal with throughout the story. They are continuously faced with family problems, questioning their loved ones, and dealing with the fears of the war at hand with Valentine. Cassandra Clare exposed these themes in a new and original light from other novels. Clare continues to make the book entertaining and funny between these heartbreaking and heartwarming situations.
Clary→ Clary goes through plenty of emotions throughout the book. Her determination and development throughout the series is really shown in this book as she takes care of business on her for herself. She examines her life and realizes she has come a long way from the innocent “mundane” girl she once lived as.
Jace→ Jace is a well-rounded character. He is one of my favorite characters (right next to Simon). He goes through an emotional toll in the book that has your heart aching to comfort him yourself. I believe he shows the most emotion in this book out of all the characters.
Simon→ Simon shows the most development to me as he has to face the consequences of being a vampire.
The beginning of the book draws you right in. From there, shocking events occur and so much happens throughout the book, that it leaves you in a state of shock the whole time your reading. I actually felt mentally exhausted from all the problems that were occurring. The plot has a real connection with all the characters. The reader can see how each character plays a major role in how things are done and handle with the ending result of the consequences. This book leaves you in constant suspense while your mind is working ahead, trying to come up with answers to the problems. I love the ending to the book, and I am so happy Cassandra Clare decided to continue on with this series.
Style & Setting:
Cassandra Clare writing is easy to read and the imagery is pretty clear to read most of the time. I do find myself rereading some of the complex scenery descriptions to get a better feel of it. With the bromance between Jace and Simon, Jace’s witty comments overall , and the normal everyday dialogue, makes the book unique and realistic (due to the fact it has all sorts of supernatural creatures crawling within the book). The setting is described beautifully since the majority of the book take place in the city of Alicante. Every character has an effect on Alicante. Some are in awed, some are banned from it, and some are annoyed…you can tell it is an important place for all characters; whether a Shadowhunter or Downworlder.
One of my favorite quotes:
“She looked as the fireworks exploded in a shower of sparks—sparks that painted the clouds overhead as they fell, one by one, in streaking lines of golden fire, like angels falling from the sky.”
It goes great with the title of the next book, City of Fallen Angels.
Lesson Learned? Seek out the truth if you know it wants to be found. Be yourself and do what is best for you and others no matter what other people believe.
**Recommended: Continue the series…I believe this is just the beginning
Book Cover: .5
Character Development/Plot: 3 out of 3
Imagery: .9 out of 1
Interest: .8 out of 1
Total: 5+ stars