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City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, Book 3) Paperback – August 3, 2010

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Book 3 of 6 in the Mortal Instruments Series

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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 --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Mortal Instruments (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reprint edition (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416972250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416972259
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,989 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Every time I finish reading a Mortal Instruments book, I think to myself "Wow, this one was amazing! Definitely my favorite, there is no way the next one can top it. Nope, no way." I guess now that I am on the third installment, I should know better. City of Glass was such a great, fast paced, action paced, and fun read. I mean come on, we get to visit THE CITY OF GLASS! It sounds like such a beautiful place from the descriptions mentioned in books one and two, and I was so excited that we get to travel to this unknown place.

I love the introduction of this new character, whose name I will not mention cause of spoilers :P. This character really puts a new perspective on the story, and what he/she will reveal will shock you. I know I couldn't flip through the pages fast enough! I always think that I know how everything will turn out, but Cassandra C. loves to throw those curve balls that keeps me on my toes...and I love it!

As far as romance goes, this book is pretty sweet. I love Jace and Clary, and all I want is for them to be together already dangit! I like how Cassandra C. gives us a lot of action in her stories; yet, there are rare moments where we get these truly beautiful and romantic moments that really make me smile...*one of those huge idiot looking grins*. She's never over top, and I like that despite the fact that Clary and Jace truly love one another, they have their own thoughts and worries that does not revolve around the other person 24/7.

This book was fantastic! Answering some questions that have been lingering throughout the past two stories, and giving us more questions and situations to ponder over.

I really enjoyed City of Glass, I love the change of scenery and the addition of new and fabulous characters.
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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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