Sunday, November 21, 2010

City of Glass (Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare

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 Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters 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 new found 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 Timesbestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments.
The conclusion to the Mortal Instruments trilogy was without a doubt my favorite book in the series. Yeah, the ending was a given, and yeah, there was a little bit of an easy conclusion, but it was still great. Clare has woven a world extremely intricate and beautiful, while maintaining characters that were complicated and three-dimensional too. Jace remained snarky, but his human side showed more in this book, and I don't know about everyone else, but that made him all the more smoldering to me. Clary was great in this book; she became the strong, confident, emotional character Mortal Instruments fans have come to know and love. The love story in City of Glass was fantastic and I was just about screaming by the time I was a hundred pages in. Clare really knew how to drag out the inevitable. Simon's story got a little complicated, which I liked, since his story basically revolved around Clary a little bit too much in the first two books. Isabelle wasn't nearly as annoying and Alec was the sweetheart that I loved from book one, but with a little more of his story revealed. I couldn't get over how cute he was with who he ended up with. Magnus Bane was fabulous, once again, and probably one of my favorite secondary characters ever. Aside from the characters, the descriptions weren't quite as intense in this book, but they were still good, adding some, if not a lot to this book. The story couldn't have been better; the twists felt real and they managed to surprise me (somewhat). The ending was definitely one of my favorite endings to a series in forever. So many authors pull a twist at the end that leaves readers gasping, and while Clare didn't go there, it made it all that much better; the characters (basically) got what they deserved.
5 stars and a recommendation to fans of the series. Definitely, definitely, definitely read the entire series.
Side note: I'm still not thrilled about the next installment in this series. I can't help but feel like it should've stayed a trilogy. Not only that, but what Mortal Instruments are left? Someone'll have to tell me whether City of Fallen Angels is worth reading first.


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