Aug 16, 2012

City of Glass

Title:  City of Glass
Author:  Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publish Date: 24 March 2009
Pages: 541
ISBN:  978-1-4169-7225-9
Source:  bought
Genre:  YA, angels, demons, romance
Series:  The Mortal Instruments
Other books in series:  City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, City of Heavenly Fire (September 2014)
Rating: Really liked

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 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.

**WARNING: Spoiler Alert if you haven’t read City of Bones and City of Ashes**

What would you be willing to do to save your mother?  For Clary, it means going to the City of Glass.  It is forbidden to come to the city uninvited.  That is why Clary has agreed to talk to the Clave.  Only Jace doesn’t want her to go.  Recently, they found out that Clary and Jace were brother and sister.  This put stress on them as they had romantic feelings toward one another. 

Clary is determined to make it to Alicante and does so through her own portal.  She meets Luke’s sister, Amatis, when she saves Clary after an incident happens when she arrives.  She stays with Amatis, who gives her clothes; Shadowhunter clothes that make her feel part of them.

After a while, she meets Sebastian at the Penhallow’s House.  Sebastian seems interested in helping Clary discover what she needs to in order to save her mother.  While all this is happening, the threat of Valentine creating a Mortal War hangs over the City of Glass.  Can the Shadowhunters and the Downworlders work together to win this war, or will Valentine be the winner?  What will happen with Jace and Clary?

This third book in The Mortal Instruments series is just as good as the ones before it.  I like that it continues on the theme.  I really like that I didn’t have to wait for the next book as they were already released.  The story between Jace and Clary continues on in City of Fallen Angels and never failed to keep me interested in what was happening.  I like how Clare switches between points of view in the books.  It is easy to keep up with and you never feel like you are getting whiplash between the characters.

City of Glass was supposed to be the last book in this series, but Clare had decided to write three more books, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire (September 2014).

The cover features the new character, Sebastian also known Johnathan Christopher (Clary's real brother), who is a Shadowhunter and on his father's (Valentine) side. He poses as a cousin of the Penhallows, who are friends of the Lightwoods Family, he dyes his hair black to do this and he is about seventeen. He is said to look like a spite image of his biological father.  (This information was taken from Wikipedia.)

This excerpt was taken from the Simon & Schuster webpage, PulseIt.  It includes an author commentary.
COG Chapter

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