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City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, Book 3) Paperback – August 3, 2010
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About the Author
Cassandra Clare is the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Lord of Shadows and Lady Midnight, as well as the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy. She is the coauthor of The Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy with Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman, as well as The Shadowhunter’s Codex, which she cowrote with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than 50 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages, a feature film, and a TV show, Shadowhunters, currently airing on Freeform. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at Shadowhunters.com.
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I'm normally not someone who can tell plot twists ahead of time (I never figured out the twist in The Sixth Sense), so when I see something coming a mile ahead, you KNOW a book is predictable. CC completely telegraphed everything that was coming. I started having my suspicions about Sebastian early on in meeting him, and once it was mentioned that he had blond hair, I knew it without a doubt (turns out that Sebastian is not only a spy for Valentine, but Valentine's son). And of course it was obvious from the earlier books that Jace and Clary were NOT brother and sister.
The problem with this series is that CC seems to be too afraid of killing her major characters. She puts in 'killing' scenes only to bring the characters back to life some way or another (for example -- Simon). So when Jace was killed, I wasn't at all sad, because I knew there was no way CC would have the guts to permanently off one of the main characters. And yes, she ended up bringing him back. Of course. Also, on her blog, CC once mentioned that one of the Lightwoods would die. But I knew she wouldn't have the guts to kill Alec or Isabelle. So when Isabelle was attacked, I didn't worry.
So to sum up -- this story is just way too obvious. You would probably be able to guess what happens long before it happens.
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.
However, I have to say that overall, it made me extremely uncomfortable.
(Beware SPOILERS below!)
Clary and Jace get close physically and it was crossing the line into incest. Something the series toes the line of regularly but in this book has fully crossed into. Regardless of how I felt about whether or not Clary and Jace were siblings, throughout the three books the reader is continually told that these two characters ARE related. I really think the any scene with sexual contact should have waited until the truth was established. I still can't enjoy it, even now, knowing the truth.
Also, the Sebastian/Clary relationship had a sickening after-taste. I understand we need to realize how truly damaged he is but I believe it was poorly executed. There are other ways to portray how dangerous, deranged and flawed a character is without falling back on sex.
I love, love, LOVE the story and City of Bones remains one of my favorite books to date. It's so very unique (aside from a Star Wars-ish link) and well-written but the brother/sister incest eclipses the overall storytelling which to me is sad and a terrible waste of what could have potentially been an amazing mythology.