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City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments) Book Three Hardcover – March 24, 2009
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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
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I have never enjoyed reading a book as much as I enjoyed this one. Never.
It's a scary thing when you get to the final book in a series or trilogy that you particularly care about. There's a certain amount of apprehension involved,correlating directly to your emotional involvement to the story and characters. Its tricky for the author to wrap things up in a way that is true to the characters, consistent with the themes of the previous books, ties up the major and minor story arcs, and is still enjoyable to read. I've never read the final book in any series that managed to seamlessly do all of those things. City of Glass did.
The characters in a story like this should be expected to change, to be affected by the events around them, and to react to them in some way. This was handled fantastically. Well done Cassandra Clare.
I liked learning more about Luke and meeting his sister. I know there was not much to it, but I still enjoy learning more about all of the characters in general.
The brother and sister love was over the top! I know the relationship building between Jace and Clary was important, but I wish they would have known they were not related instead of playing more into the incest issues. I am liking the Simon and Elizabeth romance. I want to see Simon end up with someone.
Sebastian! I know so many people loved him, and I do love what he brings to the story. But, man! I hated Sebastian.
Overall, I am happy I have continued the series, and I am ready for the next one!
The Clave is also interested in how Simon, a vampire, is now able to go out in the sunlight. They throw him in a dungeon-like jail where he makes friends with a strange prisoner held in the next cell.
Now that Valentine has both the Mortal Cup and the Mortal Sword, everyone is anticipating him coming to Idris to capture the Mortal Mirror. It is known to be in Idris, but unfortunately, no one knows where it is. When Valentine threatens to attack the city, the Clave must decide whether to accept the help of the Downworlders against him.
I loved this book! I loved the danger and intrigue and romance… The only thing that was a bit irritating is that I figured out the ending way early and then had to watch the characters slog along until they figured it out. Even so, I still think this might be my favorite book in the series so far. One of the characters gets killed in the book, and it is heartbreaking. Several plot lines ended, giving me satisfaction, but I can see a few plotlines which will need to be resolved in the next book.
Overall, I give City of Glass…
Plot – 4 ½ bookmarks
Character Development – 4 ½ bookmarks
World Building – 4 ½ bookmarks
Love Story – 5 bookmarks
Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) -Rachel Hurd-Wood (Clary), Alex Pettyfer (Jace), Luke Pasqualino (Simon), Zac Efron (Alec), Christopher Backus (Magnus Bane), Christian Serratos (Isabelle)
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