City of Glass:
The Mortal Instruments – Book 3
Written by: Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: March 24, 2009
Included Extras: An excerpt from City of Fallen Angels: The Mortal Instruments Book 4
An excerpt from Clockwork Angel the first of Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices Trilogy – a precursor to the Mortal Instruments
The bulk of this book takes place in Alicante – the City of Glass – which is the ancestral homeland of the Shadowhunter. Basically, Clary tries to save her mother and gets in trouble. Jace tries to protect Clary and gets in trouble. Simon tries to protect his friends and help out, and gets in trouble. The Lightwoods are behind but catch up in time to fight. Valentine makes a grand show of a takeover, and power is abused. The formula for a good plotline includes action, suspense, drama, and a bit o’ romance…this book has it all and more!
Written primarily for teens (specifically Grades 8 and above) this book includes twisty turns, action, adventure, and romance to keep you pushing to turn the next page. Some of the minor characters got to show off a bit for us, which I really love to see in series novels like these. Several of the ‘bit parts’ had conversations, showcased fights, and even love interests and backstories that I find fascinating.
On top of that, Clary got to create new runes again while she and Jace discovered an angel and blew up a house. Simon was captured and then rescued all because of his ‘daylighter’ traits, tragedy struck, and a war began and ended in all of ten minutes.
And that doesn’t include the two major twists that confirmed my deep seated suspicions but then turned my firmly developed ideas up on their ears.
This series is a bit of an impediment for me. I personally enjoy the plotlines and characters…well, most of the character development anyway…and would (probably will) read them all again at some point. On the other hand, this is not a series that automatically lends itself to being something that EVERYONE should read. While many books contain universal elements that can be transcribed accordingly, I am afraid that the abundant use of angels and demons within the Mortal Instruments could be highly offensive to some, shall we say more seasoned, readers.
Though this series is pure fiction and not at all an attempt to ‘convert’ teens and young adults to a certain belief, these misgivings cause me to pause. So, because of these issues, I have chosen to give this book 3 ½ out of 5 dragons. However, I do recommend that you read the series IF, and only if, you enjoy fantastical reads in which the lines of reality are (literally) smudged over.
Rating – 3 ½ out of 5 Dragons.