City of Glass
Series: Thr Mortal Instruments
by Cassandra Clare
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
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 her best friend, 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?
Previous Titles in Series:
City of Bones ⭐⭐⭐⭐
City of Ashes ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This review will contain spoilers. I have graphics that let you know when they start and when they end. It was hard to sum up my thoughts without them, so please take caution if you haven’t read this book.
So while I rated this one 4 stars back in 2016, my reread rating is 3 stars. City of Glass seemed to drag in some places and I found myself wanting to skip ahead. I didn’t! I just wanted for stuff to happen.
“People aren’t born good or bad. Maybe they’re born with tendencies either way, but it’s the way you live your life that matters.”
I feel like this quote could be the base for the things that happened and the characters in this book. Originally this was supposed to a trilogy and it did feel like it could have ended here. We were given a lot of answers to some of the questions we had and also it seemed like we got to clear the air between some of the characters, which I’m glad for.
- Clary and Simon got to clear the air about their relationship. The mini dating they did and how they will proceed as friends. I’m honestly glad they got around having it. These two make better friends than they ever did boyfriend/girlfriend. It was good to see that through everything that happened between them that they can keep the friendship and want to hold onto it.
- Luke being able to FINALLY tell Jocelyn how he felt.
- Alec finally being able to see admit feelings to Magus. Let’s be honest here, Magnus has the patience of a saint.
- Simon being selfless really warmed my heart.
And last but not least, Clary and Jace finally admitting that they didn’t give a shit if they were supposedly related, they were in love with each other. I mean, everyone already knew that but it’s nice for them to finally admit it. Once again, I was living for the Clary/Jace relationship here. The angst, the feelings, just all of it. Although I was glad when it was revealed that they weren’t actually related. Angst is good, but angst for damn near two whole books was a bit much.
“And now I’m looking at you,” he said, “and you’re asking me if I still want you, as if I could stop loving you. As if I would want to give up the thing that makes me stronger than anything else ever has.”
We were introduced to a new character here, Sebastian/Jonathan. Even with this reread I found myself liking him. I KNOW! I always sympathize with the tortured souls in books. He was raised with Valentine so it makes sense for him to be the way that he is. Could you imagine only being able to know Valentine? Also, let’s be honest here. Sebastian calling them out on all their shit towards the end was priceless. He had only been around them for a few days and knew this group had issues.
So while my rating did change, I did hold on to some of the same feelings while reading. Some of the same moments made me emotional and the action still had me on the edge of my seat.
Now I can move on into The Infernal Devices series! I’m really excited about that one because this will be my first time reading those. I’m so excited to read about Shadowhunters in a Victorian setting.