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.
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As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine using 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?
City of Glass is the third volume in the popular Mortal Instruments series written by Cassandra Clare, the prequels being City of Bones #1 and City of Ashes #2. So far Cassandra Clare has managed to create a very rich urban environment by introducing a New York where vampire, werewolves, faeries and warlock walk freely, but being closely monitored by the “demon” policing force, the Shadowhunters. I enjoyed reading both prequels, though some of the characters and certain persuasions kept nagging at me, particularly the relation between Jace and Clary and the character of Jace.
I did start City of Glass with a certain anticipation that it could be really good, especially looking back at the developments seen so far in the storyline in Clary’s and Jace’s past and present, Valentine and the degree of unruliness at the Downworlders. In some parts City of Glass really shines but in others it could have done with a better polish.
With City of Glass being the third book in the series it is hard to write a spoiler free review but I will try to do my best. So far in the series we have met up with the main protagonist Clary, who after a sequence of events has now joined up with the ranks of the Shadowhunters. From the Shadowhunters, she had fallen in love with Jace, but Clary knows this is her brother… it was this romancing aspect that put me a bit off… their father Valentine has a dark and sinister plan for downfall of the Shadowhunters. It is up to Clary and Jace and the other Shadowhunter to stop Valentine from reaching this goal.
as I mentioned in the City of Ashes review (I hope you read that), I was left on a nice cliff-hanger moment. However as soon as I started reading City of Glass it did not quite have the continuation I expected and had a different pacing that its prequel. The beginning of City of Glass felt for me a disappointment. It is slow, and chapters that follow did not allow me to see a picking up of the storyline. Clary and her friends travel to the City of Glass where the Clave ( the adult Shadowhunters) are having meeting after meeting to discuss what to do with Valentine’s plans. But it was this aspect that felt for me that the storyline became stagnant and was not developing for over half the book, droning on and on about past
occurrences and relations but not taking that step forward in evolving the storyline and taking it further. Until I was 2/3 in, the storyline took off with a great revelation about Jace and Clary that, has caused me to rethink my opinion of the series. I was way put off by the fact that their was a heavy romancing scene between Jace and Clary and that it continued… but I am certainly glad that Cassandra Clare explained some of the details. And looking back at the whole book and the series so far, City of Glass is just that, it is a book that allows many of the pieces of the puzzle to fall into place. Not only about Jace and Clary but about Valentine, have the world, and much more as well. It was all very carefully done and backtracking a bit