Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Review: City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare

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 new found 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.

It ended up being a tie for me, I can't decide while installment I like best in the series, but this one came dangerously close to blowing the other two out of the water. With everything that's happened and all the tension and suspense that has been building, City of Glass had a wonderful way of drawing everything to a close and sewing up the loose ends.

Jace and Clary struggled (like always) with the revelations that were put upon them but battled through like the strong characters that they are. Poor Simon had already had his work cut out for him, but this latest chapter in The Mortal Instruments series really put him in a bad position. I sympathized with him throughout and yet he still remained the unyielding friend that he's always been to Clary. Gotta love the guy for that right?

Clary takes great risks but is rewarded as well as punished through her adventures so I think it finally evened out for her. Now Sebastian on the other hand I didn't like from the start all the way to the finish, but I tip my hat to Clare for writing such a unique character that I simply couldn't get out of my head. With the downworlders and shadowhunters fighting for their lives, I enjoyed watching them all come together for their shared goal. And Clary's mother and Luke? I really wasn't expecting to hear of an old love triangle but really liked their back story and getting more insight into their past. We got to know them so much better and finally understood how everything really began and came to be the way it is presently.

This series made the New York Times bestsellers list for a reason and there are now Clare fans everywhere dying for more of her work to hit the shelves...and soon!

I gave City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) 4 shamrocks!!!!

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