Review: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare


Book Information:

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published in 2009
ISBN 9781416914303
541 Pages

Series Information:

Mortal Instruments Book 03
Sequel Series to the Infernal Devices Series


4 out of 5

Clary Fray is very close to waking her mother up from her magically induced coma, all she has to do is travel to the Glass City and find the missing key to waking her up. However, traveling to the Glass City is easier said than done since going to the city without permission against the Law and is punishable by death. Not to mention, Jace doesn’t even want Clary to go to the ancient Shadowhunter home. So, when an incident happens, Simon is taken to the Glass City along with Jace and the Lightwoods, but he is imprisoned later for being a vampire who can walk in sunlight. However, when Clary arrives in the Glass City, she finds out more about her family’s past. While she is in the Glass City, she finds an ally in Sebastian, a Shadowhunter, after Jace abandons her. Then Valentine makes his presence known in the Glass City, and he gives all of the Shadowhunters a choice: surrender and serve him or be killed. Time is running out for Shadowhunters and Downworlders, will they all be able to work together to save themselves? Will Clary’s powers be enough to help save them all?

Okay, another supernatural book, but this one that I don’t really like that much. For the genre, this book has pretty much every kind known to me, so I just picked “Supernatural” and picked the subcategories that the book mentioned.

Like City of Bones and City of Ashes, this book is also extremely slow moving, which is good in the way of details of events, but bad if you want to read in a day. As I mentioned just now, the details in this book are very well done and there are a lot. The author of this books seems to value that the reader needs to know details of events, as well as what the characters look like. Most books I have read do not leave enough of an impression of how the characters look like. Though, I don’t like how the page numbers jumped by about 100 pages. Zzzzz…

Although the descriptions of the characters are a little better than other books, the character’s personalities are kind of stereotypical. Though, having stereotypes for characters are frequent in most books, not just this one. However, I still find Clary’s personality extremely annoying. She is very weak and spoiled, which kind of reminds me of most people who I know. :| Though, I’m kind of happy with Simon’s development in both this book and City of Ashes. :) Also, I’m happy with the development between Magnus and Alec. :D

In this book, the plot of the series becomes a little bit better and more detailed. So, it is not as boring as the first one, but you have to have patience to read the extra 100 pages. Also, you start seeing more of a relationship between Magnus and Alec. To those of you who don’t approve of boy x boy relationships, I don’t care. ^^ Oh, spoiler, my favorite part is when Magnus and Alec kiss, and Maia goes, “Do we have to do that, too?”

I liked the ending of this book and series (?). However, when I looked on her website, there is another book to this series called City of Fallen Angels. Also, there is a prequel series called The Infernal Devices, though they are not published yet. I just hope that City of Fallen Angels won’t ruin the ending of this book.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:



Once with a 2nd review added.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Cassandra Clare
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet After Twilight
$New_Bullet A Trillian Books

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble


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