Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Fiction
Book Jacket Synopsis: “To save her mother’s life, Clary travels to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that by doing so she is breaking the Law, which could mean death. Even worse, Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by Shadowhunters who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight. Luckily, Clary finds an ally in the mysterious Sebastian, who holds a strange attraction for her. As Valentine musters a demon army, can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their ancient hatred and work together? And can Clary harness her newfound powers to help save them all – whatever the cost?”
Review: City of Glass managed to keep up the strong pace set in City of Ashes (the second book in the Mortal Instruments series). I think this was my favorite book so far, given that the characters finally traveled to the much-discussed Alicante (a sort of Shadowhunter-birthright trip, if you will). While I had hoped that more Shadowhunter history and lore would be intertwined with this trip to Alicante, there was still plenty of conflict and mystery to keep me engaged. Based on the other two Mortal Instruments books that I have read so far, Cassandra Clare’s third novel had some predictable flaws. SPOILER ALERT: For example, when Sebastian kills Max Lightwood (younger sibling to Alec and Isabelle), Clare is so reluctant to include ANY graphic content that his murder is hardly explained. She doesn’t get an authentic reaction from her readers because, honestly, no one really cares about Max. He’s mentioned only a handful of times throughout the second and third book, and all I really know about him is that he wears glasses, likes to read Manga, and gets excluded from many discussions because he is young. Once again, City of Glass was hindered by poor supplementary character development. Overall, however, I enjoyed this latest installment in the series and was happy to finally see the Clary/Jace sibling issue resolved (SPOILER ALERT: As I guessed, they are not actually brother and sister. As for the explanation behind this discovery, you’ll have to read the books yourself to find out).