Wednesday, June 6, 2012

City of Glass (Mortal Instruments, #3) by Cassandra Clare, Book Review

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?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments.\

Title: City of Glass
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 541
Release Date: March 24, 2009
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Rating: 5/5

Cassandra Clare is a writing goddess! Oh my gawd, wow! Clare, like her works, are a very rare find, and City of Glass, was certainly no exception.  I loved everything about this book--the plot, characters, pacing, setting, EVERYTHING.  The plot was totally unique and never done before, the characters were all smart, strong, and empowered--I loved Clary's dedication to her mother by going in search of the antidote that can bring her out of her slumber once and for all, and Jace's witty and cynical remarks.  I also really enjoyed Alec, Isabelle, and Simon as characters--without supporting characters like them, the book would not have been the complete package. Aside from plot and characters, the setting was rich and beautiful and I could feel the trees, water, and cobblestone-lined streets in Idris--I could see the glass towers of Alicante.  I definitely recommend the Mortal Instruments series (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, and City of Lost Souls) to anyone and everyone who loves to read--whether you enjoy paranormal romance or not, you will fall in love with Clare's urban fantasy creation.

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