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City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments) Book Three Hardcover – March 24, 2009


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  • Series: The Mortal Instruments (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; First Edition edition (March 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416914307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416914303
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,511 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up–In the two previous books, Clary learns that she is a member of a race of demon-hunters and that she has the special ability to create new versions of the runes that give these Shadowhunters their power. Her mother has been hiding the truth from her for years to protect her from her father, Valentine, a cult-leader-turned-villain who is seeking to gain control over the Shadowhunters by obtaining the three Mortal Instruments. Now, Valentine has only one Mortal Instrument left to find, and the Shadowhunters must ally with the despised Downworlders, including vampires, werewolves, and fairies, to prepare their final defense. The question of whether Clary will be able to harness her unique abilities in time to help–and whether they will let her–is sidelined by the question of whether her love interest, Jace, is really her brother. Though the story is hampered by predictability and overblown writing, Clare continues her talent for mixing hip, modern humor with traditional fantasy, and fans eagerly awaiting the series conclusion should come away more than satisfied.–Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MA
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In search of a potion for her dying mother, Clary sneaks into the City of Glass and is immediately caught up in a life-and-death battle. As the children of the Moon (werewolves), Night (vampires), and Faerie gather for a war that will rend the heavens, Clary calls upon her untrained powers to control an angel who will save or destroy them all. Readers should be familiar with the first two installments in the Mortal Instruments series, but there is nevertheless plenty of romance, loss, honor, and betrayal to make the journey worthwhile. An experienced storyteller, Clare moves the plot quickly to a satisfying end. Grades 8-11. --Cindy Welch

More About the Author

Cassandra Clare is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. She was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of books. Cassandra lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend, their two cats, and these days, even more books.

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I really liked the ending of the book.
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The story is well written,it's a good story, keeps you interested.
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I read this book in one day because I just couldn't put it down.
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77 of 88 people found the following review helpful By A. Reader on March 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Although my expectations were too high for City of Bones, I have to say that the series has gotten better with every book, leading to a very satisfying City of Glass read. Questions get answered; plot points get tied up, and you're left with a happy fuzzy feeling in the end.

I really enjoyed the characters in the books, especially CoG. Each character has really come a long way, and even when I disagreed with a character, I felt that they were completely within character; their personalities drove the plot, rather than a having series of random events they were just responding to. I also love that - with a few exceptions (Malachi, Sebastian) - they were all so multidimensional, shades of gray in a morally ambiguous world.

On Jace and Clary - I'd give this a 4/5, mainly because I've always felt a little awkward about their relationship, and it's not just the sibling thing. There were some beautiful and heartbreaking moments - again, back to characterization, I was definitely thinking "That's so Jace!" sometimes - but I also got the feeling that their relationship was unnecessarily drawn out. Maybe it's because I never got a good sense of Clary's relationship to the Lightwoods (early on, Clary saying to Isabelle, "But I thought you liked me!" and then later confronting Isabelle about not liking her, for example). But even though I'm happy with how things ended up, I think Clary and Jace really shined brighter when they were apart in this book, than in their scenes together.

On the other hand, some of the "minor" characters were wonderful. Alec and Magnus are a riot ("Your city is under attack...The wards have broken, and the streets are full of demons. And you want to know why I haven't called you?"). Aldertree reminded me of Umbridge.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By forensicanthro99 on July 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
This was the best book in the series. Lots of action and humor and romance balanced perfectly into one book. New characters like "Sebastian Verlac", Aline Penhallow and Amatis make this book the best. Even if you were skeptical of the series because Clary and Jace are siblings, read this book anyways!!! Because the series was originally a trilogy, this book has a very, very, very exciting/scary/amazing ending that will make you glad Cassie wrote more books. Also check out the Infernal Devices if you loved this series. Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince (and soon Clockwork Princess) are also shadowhunter books that take place in the 1870's and have characters like Magnus Bane, Camille Belcourt, and even the amazing Will Herondale, Jem Carstairs, and Gideon and Gabriel Lightwood. Also Consul Wayland and Brother Enoch appear in these books.
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38 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Heather VINE VOICE on March 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't have asked for a better ending. I got everything I wanted. I don't want to summarize the book, I'll leave that to others, but I will say that there are some heartbreakingly beautiful scenes in this book. The characters became more developed and more endearing, especially Jace. His sarcastic wit is certainly present in this book; however, he is no longer hiding behind his carefully constructed facade. His torment over Clary is glaringly obvious from the first chapter.

I noticed that another review stated that she wished Clary and Jace hadn't have been as close as they were until they knew the truth about not being related, but I have to disagree. Clary was the only person in the world that made Jace feel like he belonged and she was the only person he belonged to and the fact that she didn't turn away from him when he told her that he loved her probably meant more to him than her waiting until she knew the truth to love him back the same way. He had resigned himself to love her always, no matter what, and I'm glad that he got to know that she had resigned herself to the same fate.

Cassandra Clare works magic with this novel. The excitement begins on the first page and doesn't stop until the final sentence. She brings everything full circle for a completely satisfying ending - even though fans would be more than happy to read about these beloved characters forever, I know I will miss them.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Rodriguez on May 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I truly am not a huge fan of these books. As I mentioned in my first review, City of Bones, I bumped the series up on TBR because of all the hype surrounding the books.

This book was meant to be the third and last book of the series. Although I'm not a fan I do want to say that Cassandra Clare did a good job of weaving in all the loose ends nicely. There were some things about the book that annoyed me and I will list them but they weren't bad enough to score this one a one.

As I've mentioned before I'm not wow'ed by the writing. It's ok. In this book as in the other two there were reminders of other books that I shall not name since I've already named THE book.
In the last book we are introduced to the youngest Lightwood, Max. He's about ten. In the book he is killed and in the oddest of ways. His killing really didn't make sense and I couldn't understand why the author would choose to kill him of all people. Clary is still her whiny self. Jace is still his repugnant self. Clary now wants to get more serious with Jace and Jace is now saying no they should just be brother and sister...wackadoo...

Besides that there were some more off the wall things plugged into this book that I found... well... off the wall. For example, in the middle of a fighting scene Alec stops to yell at Magnus because he wants to know...wait for it... wait for it... wait for it... WHY HE HASN'T ANSWERED HIS CALLS.

What the heck?

In the middle of a battle of all things to stop and talk about!...It was just ridiculous. I also found Clary's reaction to her mother odd after she had tried so hard to revive her. The only other thing I didn't really like was the lack of a connection with some characters. A lot of these characters were supposed to feeling sadness and a whole lot of other emotions and I just didn't get that from them.

I'm on to the next book and I will tell you this: Simon is ALREADY annoying me.
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