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?
**WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE FIRST TWO BOOKS IN THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS SERIES DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER**
City of Glass was by far the best book in the Mortal Instruments series thus far! Up to this point there has been some aggravation over the brother- sister dilemma between Jace and Clary which had dampened the books for me to an extent. However, each book in this captivating series has kept me on my toes and entertained throughout. City of Ashes left off with the interesting news that Jocelyn, Clary’s mom, could be saved from her self induced coma, this leads to Clary embarking on the adventure to the renown City of Glass known as Idris. This new environment was exciting to experience and brought all new developments to the table. You get introduced to new characters and a whole new society in general. Though City of Glass was not without its frustrating moments, it had a rocky beginning which made me doubt my feelings toward the book, but as the events played out I was quickly and easily pulled in and drawn to the story like I hadn’t been before in the previous two books.
Though the romance is not too apparent in City of Glass, there are a few beautiful moments between Jace and Clary that make up for it wholeheartedly. Not to mention the suspense in this book kicked up a notch with its constant action filled with horrific and nail biting scenarios and secrets with hidden truths are revealed that you will not see coming. Also Clary and Jace experience a sort of character evolution in which they both become stronger personally and go through inner trials that lead to self-realization.
All and all by the end of the book, I was totally satisfied romantically and contextually if that makes sense. It’s especially surprising to me that Cassandra Clare wrote an additional two books in the series, when in all honesty the series could have been left as is by the end of this book. There was a beautiful resolution that tied everything together nicely. Of course this won’t stop me from reading the next two books whatsoever. In fact, I’m pretty excited to see where things go from here, and I have a few ideas up my sleeve as for Jace and Clary’s relationship 😉 I just hope it doesn’t become overkill, but when I start a series I almost ALWAYS see it through to the end!
I would most definitely recommend you read City of Glass, it is an easy page turner filled with all you could ask for from a great book! The fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series is titled: City of Fallen Angels. You can buy City of Glass from Amazon here!