Review: City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3)

Title: City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Release Date: March 24, 2009
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads 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 her best friend, 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 final installment of the New York Times bestselling The Mortal Instruments.


Clary, Jace, and the Lightwoods have to travel to the City of Glass, the home of the Shadowhunters, for an urgent meeting following the events of the last book. At the last minute, Jace changes the plans, and tells Clary’s friend Simon to keep her at home while they go there. They are suddenly attacked, which leads them to bring Simon, a Downworlder who isn’t allowed in the City, through the portal with them, leaving Clary behind. Clary tries to sneak into the city, but it isn’t easy to do. Meanwhile, Simon is thrown into prison for illegally entering the city. All of the Shadowhunters are brought together in their battle against Valentine, and they have to decide if they can work with the Downworlders to finally defeat him.

This was such a fast paced story. It was set during just a couple of days, which is hard to believe when so much happened. I don’t want to give away any spoilers for the series, but there were two characters who were falling in love with each other, but then they discovered that they were related. Somehow, I was still rooting for these two to be together, even though they were related. I usually wouldn’t want characters who were related to be together but I loved seeing them as a couple. I was glad that in this story, they figured out a way to fix this problem.

The one good thing about entering the Shadowhunters series this late is that there are so many books in this series and all of the spin off series. I’m really looking forward to starting a new trilogy set in this world before returning to The Mortal Instruments.

This was such a good story!

What to read next:

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare

Other books in the series:

Have you read City of Glass? What did you think of it?


Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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