Series: The Mortal Instruments #3
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Walker Books
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
This is the action packed third instalment in The Mortal Instruments series and it is in my opinion the best so far.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 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?
The setting changes from the U.S to Idris, the Shadowhunter country nestled in Europe. A change of scenery at this point in the series is just what the doctor ordered and the atmosphere is a lot more, 'old-world' and picturesque which suits this story.
There are quite a few romantic scenes between Jace and Clary and I really felt for their forbidden love, it just felt so natural for them to be together and I am glad they resolved their relationship by the end of the book. There are so many twists, turns and shocks, it's hard to fully communicate my love for the unfolding story in City of Glass without spoiling anything. It is great to be introduced to some fresh faces as well as revisit characters that haven't been seen since the first book. There are some tear-jerking moments, a few deaths - this book is really the instalment that really made me emotionally invested in the Shadowhunter world and everyone in it.
There are some epic battles in City of Glass and usually too much of that is boring to me but this time I really enjoyed it. A lot of angel, demon and Shadowhunter lore is explored, we learn a lot more about Valentine and the original members of the Circle. I would recommend City of Glass highly, especially if you have read the first two books and weren't too sure about the series.