Modern Fantasy · Review · Young Adult

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass

City of Glass is the third novel in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series. Once again, I have finished re-reading this. Just a little fact, the Mortal Instruments series was originally a trilogy, so this had been the last book of it. That was before Cassandra Clare decided that she was going to continue the series. This is now a six-book series.

To save her mother’s life, Clary must go to Alicante (the City of Glass) to meet Ragnor Fell. Alicante is the capital of the Shadowhunters’ ancestral home, Idris. Before she can get there, Jace tries to stop her from going there. Just before he left with the Lightwoods, they were attacked by Forsaken and had to drag Simon into Alicante, which is against the Law. Clary uses a portal (that she created) to get to Alicante; Luke follows behind her. The portal, instead, takes her to Lake Lyn. Luke and Clary fall into it. Clary nearly dies after swallowing the poisonous (to Shadowhunters) water.

Her and Jace fight. She begins her search for Ragnor Fell with Sebastian Verlac. Sebastian kisses her, but she found it wrong and disgusting. Then, she searches for the Book of White with Jace. They find it, but also find Ithuriel, who Valentine tortured. They learn that they are some of Valentine’s experiments. Clary has more angel blood and Jace has more demon blood, or so they think. They set Ithuriel free.

Alicante is attacked by demons. Valentine threatens to kill them all, if they don’t surrender to him. Sebastian reveals he is not who he claims to be. Jocelyn wakes up and comes to Alicante. Clary creates a rune that could save them all. Jace [Herondale] kills Sebastian, the real son of Valentine. Raziel, the Angel, kills Valentine. Clary makes one request of Raziel.

After re-reading this, I found out how Sebastian knows how people are eavesdropping. I love Alec’s coming out of the closet to his parents. Why does Valentine think the Angel would be okay with him summoning Raziel? One can only feel great sadness with Max.

It’s amazing that Jace has the birthmark of the Herondales, which the Inquisitor recognized. As his grandmother, that is why she sacrificed herself for him. It must be horrible for him to be in love with Clary, thinking that they are siblings.

Clary is always amazing. She has a great power to be able to, as she puts it, “remember” ancient runes that are not in the Gray Book. She grows more love for Jace. I like that she comes to the realization that she can’t truly hate her father for being a monster, because he doesn’t know he is one. Also, she still retains great loathing for him. The Angel did her justice for killing him and fulfilling her request.

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Stars (out of 5): *****

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