City of Glass by Cassandra Clare Book Review

Updated: Jan 24, 2021

City of Glass

by Cassandra Clare

Published by McElderry Books

Book 3 in the Mortal Instruments Series

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.


Violence Young Adult Exciting

Some Steamy Scenes Supernatural


City of Glass is the third book in Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, and centers around Clary and Jace, with shifting POV's between the two, and their friends/family: Simon, Isabelle, and Alec. City of Glass is very much a conclusion of one arc in this series, and the start of another.

If you have read the other reviews I have done of this series, you know this is a re-read for me. City of Glass has always been my favorite of the series, and still is. It's action packed, dramatic, intriguing ... We get fighting and an up close look at the Clave, romance, and best of all, long awaited answers. Among the genre, Cassandra Clare does her best to keep it fresh and interesting, and you can't deny that this series is unique.

We are exposed to a whole lot more characters in City of Glass, and we get quite a bit of growth with the ones we have gotten to know over the last two books. Clary seems to have accepted her heritage, and wants to be involved in what is going on around her. Cassandra does a good job at showing her age though in her, admittedly, reckless actions. Don't get me wrong, it pays off, but its a good reminder that gifted or not, she is still only sixteen. Jace's character, while tough on the outside, is probably the most vulnerable of the whole cast. He takes everything to heart, including the blood he thinks runs in his veins, and it affects everything in his life. Jace, despite his maturity in other areas, needs some work on loving and accepting himself, despite who raised him. Spoiler time (and thoughts on a new character) ---------> When I read this the first time, I just KNEW Clary and Jace were not brother and sister, and the third time reading these books, I still get giddy as all hell when they both find out. This leads us to a new character ... Clary's actual brother. Sebastian/Jonathon. I wasn't expecting that at all my first read through. I was sucked in and liked him ... right up until he got angry with her for pushing him away when he kissed her (which ... ew.) He is obviously the most dangerous of the Valentine/Jonathon duo. Insanely strong, able to act and be charming when needed, but has no empathy or compassion, and is truly demonic at heart. <----------