This review may contain spoilers of book one and two if you have not read them.
Title: City of Glass
Author: Cassandra Clare
Synopsis: To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.
As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?
Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of the New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.
a.) Characters: 4/5 score. Oh. My. God. A-mazing. I love the new characters added. The tension between Clary and Jace is incredible. Compared to the last two books, the characters have grown and matured. With the new characters, more of the story unraveled. I was left speechless when we learn all about how far Valentine would go.
b.) Plot: 3/5 score. It wasn’t that the plot was bad. Right in the beginning we learn Jace wants Simon to lie to the Lightwoods about Clary wanting to go to Alicante. And I understand why, but it was stupid. Jace let a lot of stupid things happen. I thought him visiting his father’s ship in the last book was a little farfetched, but I understood the concept. I couldn’t quite accept his actions here though. We learn about what the Inquisitor said to Jace, and it’s a very happy moment.
c.) Writing style: 3/5 score. I was still pleasantly engaged with her writing, however the way the book three ends left me feeling like it was over. It was nicely wrapped together, loose ends tied up. This was actually my second time reading this, because the first time I read it, I felt no need to go on to the next book. I thought maybe I misunderstood something, but on the second read through, the same feelings came again. I did not need to rush out and get the fourth book ASAP because I was left with unanswered questions. If the series had ended there, I would be fine.
Rating: 10/15 total