Sunday, May 3, 2009

City of Glass

This final volume of The Mortal Instruments trilogy begins shortly after the second installment ended. Potential spoilers for those who have not read the first two books may follow - if you are interested in this action-packed fantasy trilogy, please check out my review of the first book, City of Bones.

During the first books of the series, we have heard a lot about talk about the Shadowhunters' home country of Idris, and now Clary is excited to be going there. Jace is worried about her going, but he's unable to convince her to stay in New York. He worries that if the Clave, the hidebound ruling council of the Shadowhunters, discover that she can create runes - something no other Shadowhunter is able to do - they will imprison her, or worse, thinking that she is an enemy, not a true Shadowhunter.

When the time comes to leave, Clary doesn't get there in time - and Simon gets pulled through the portal into Idris during an attack. Simon ends up imprisoned by the new Inquisitor, and Clary somehow reopens the portal in a panic to follow everyone. What she doesn't know is that entering Idris through an unofficial portal without permission is a crime punishable by death. Clary's troubles continue to mount in this novel, as do Jace's, not the least of which are their romantic feelings for each other that continue unabated despite their discovery of their true relationship. The tension mounts as Valentine draws ever nearer to gaining the final object that will enable him to become the ruling force of the Clave, Idris, and all the Shadowhunters. That is, all the Shadowhunters who will remain once he's culled those he deems unworthy from among them.

I have enjoyed this trilogy very much - the characters are interesting, there are intriguing twists and turns, realistic dialogue, bursts of humor, and steadily mounting tension. The "hints" provided are rather heavy handed in this book, however, which of the three was the most predictable, with the fewest surprises. After hearing so much about Idris, it seemed almost a city like any other, except for the tall glass buildings that were described more in earlier books. It felt a bit like we were skating on the momentum built up by the earlier books with description and characterization, but there was so much going on - so many plot threads weaving together at once, that I didn't really care. The book was a no-holds-barred thrill ride from start to finish, and the ending was particularly satisfying, a fitting conclusion to the trilogy.

I am looking forward to Cassandra Clare's next novel,
The Clockwork Princess, which will be the first in a new trilogy called The Infernal Devices, a prequel to the Shadowhunter series that will be set in Victorian England. Click here for more information.

Books in The Mortal Instruments trilogy:
1. City of Bones
2. City of Ashes
City of Glass

City of Glass (#3 in The Mortal Instruments series) by Cassandra Clare (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2009)

Also reviewed at:
Becky's Book Reviews: "Though the books are thick, time flies when you're reading the books. They're just that good. The series as a whole was good. There were some things that were predictable, but not in an oh-no-not-that-again way.:
Karin's Book Nook: "
Cassandra Clare works magic with this novel. The excitement begins on the first page and doesn’t stop until the final sentence. "
TV and Book Addict: "It was a great wrap up to the story. The first two were kinda bleh but this!"
Wondrous Reads: "New characters are introduced, old ones return, and both bring with them a whole host of complications and revelations."


  1. I will probably have to wait until next year for this one, but it does sound good and I have really liked the series.

  2. AnonymousMay 04, 2009

    This was indeed a satisfying conclusion to this trilogy. I loved the "showdown" with the Fairy Queen at the end. I loved the awkward, "oh, we're not, so we can" moments after the whole sibling issue is resolved. I loved the intensity, the pacing, the characters...this is one fantastic trilogy.

  3. Ms. Yingling - I hope you enjoy it when you get to it!

    Fuzzycricket - I agree! I particularly enjoyed the denouement. It was a very satisfying wrap-up. Particularly the Faery Queen moment! :-) I'm very excited about the next trilogy.

  4. a non important notice.. i liked the artist who did the covers to this series! lol.. they are enough to make anyone pick them up and read the back cover to see if they might like them or not!

  5. Deslily - I agree! We all say how we shouldn't judge books by covers, but of course we all do. These covers manage to capture the tone of the trilogy very well, I think. If you haven't read these, I think you would love them. I hope you'll have time to give them a try some time!

  6. I am really looking forward to reading the first book in this trilogy. It shouldn't be too much longer before it comes in for me at the library.

  7. Kailana - I have really enjoyed this trilogy. I hope you will, too! I'll be interested to hear what you think.

  8. AnonymousMay 29, 2009

    I am really looking forward to starting this series soon. It looks like just my kind of read and it's great to hear it ended well.

  9. Rhinoa - I think it is your kind of read - I can't wait to hear what you think of it!

  10. Hey I got quoted! hehe I love your review and the fact that you included other blogger's opinons :)

  11. Hi, Robin - I enjoyed your review, too! Thanks for stopping by. :-)


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