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

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“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 her best friend, 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 Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering 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?”


I wasn’t super excited to read City of Glass since I didn’t enjoy City of Ashes, but I wanted to push forward with the series. The thing about these books is that I really like the Shadowhunter world, I’m just constantly annoyed by Clary and Jace.

Clary and Jace annoy me so much. No one can possibly understand either of them, and no one is right but them. With this book starting out with Jace making the decision to leave before Clary has a chance to come to Alicante, and Clary making the decision to just ignore everything and make her own portal; I wanted to slam my head against a wall. They are both so selfish, it is honestly incredible. I thought that a big portion of this book was going to be about saving Clary’s mom. Yet, the author made the decision for all of that to happen off-screen which was baffling.

More incest which is wonderful, for the ultimate reveal that “jk guys, they aren’t siblings I would never do that”. I knew going into this series that there was the incest fake out, I just didn’t think it would be three books worth. But don’t worry, Clary still kissed her actually brother. Are we sure Simon isn’t related to her? Since she kissed him too. I probably liked this book the most out of the first three of the Mortal Instruments series, but that’s not too hard. I think this book had the best forward motion, though someone really needs to make an attempt at training Clary. The Shadowhunter history is fascinating, and learning more about that world was a strong point of these books.

I’m glad I went with the reading order that Cassandra Clare recommends because I don’t think I could read more about Clary and Jace right now.

RATING: 2.5/3

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