City of Glass

City of Glass

Book - 2009
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Still pursuing a cure for her mother's enchantment, Clary uses all her powers and ingenuity to get into Idris, the forbidden country of the secretive Shadowhunters, and to its capital, the City of Glass, where with the help of a newfound friend, Sebastian, she uncovers important truths about her family's past that will not only help save her mother but all those that she holds most dear.
Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, c2009.
ISBN: 9781481455985
Branch Call Number: TF Paranorm Clar
Characteristics: 541 p. ; 24 cm.


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Dec 05, 2018

Book 3 of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I enjoyed this one the most so far. Several storyline arcs are completed by the end of this book which is very satisfying. And of course, the book sets up the next set of storyline arcs for the next few books. I can't wait to read the next one! This book is very much a fantasy book since it's main setting is quite different that the first two books. As a reader, I felt like the main setting was a different world rather than somewhere in Europe. Enjoy!

Apr 22, 2018

A great ending for the first half of the series, full of twists and turns and all sorts of excellent imagination!

Apr 05, 2018

This is one of those books that I have trouble reviewing. On one hand, this series is entertaining, fun, and light. I really enjoy the world and the possibilities it holds. On the other, it is filled with cliched characters (the angry bad boy, the fish-out-of-water *special* girl) borrowed plot lines (hello, Harry Potter) and overdone themes. Clary borders on annoying at times, and Jace constantly being referred to as beautiful gets old fast. I'm way more interested in Alec and Magnus and the progression of their relationship, to be honest. Give me more of Simon, even, after he's over Clary. I'm also sick of minor characters being introduced and being summarily killed off to try to make the novels deep and emotional. There's one death here (I won't spoil it) that should have been absolutely devastating- but the way it's written and the character was dealt with, I honestly didn't care at all- and it should not be that way.
I do enjoy the mixing of angels, werewolves, fae, vampires, shadowhunters and demons. I will be moving on to Infernal Devices and Dark Artifices- perhaps those characters will sit better with me, and the writing might improve as the series goes on. I liken this series to candy- it tastes great, but there's no substance to it under the surface. It ranks right up there with Twilight. You've got me, Clare, but I'm not entirely happy about it.

Dec 20, 2017

This was an amazing read. I wanted to reread the second and third book to be a bit more prepared for Season 2 of Shadowhunters. However, I really love this series and I really wanted to reread as well. I love the characters and the action. This world was really interesting and cool. I forgot that Tessa appears in this book. I literally screamed when I saw her. Also, I am happy that Cassandra Clare kept the series going as the ending of CoHF was more conclusive and worth the read. I was happy to see more Malec, of course. The ending was amazing. I had to say I forgotten how long the epilogue was. Loved it never the less. Overall, a fantastic read.

Oct 12, 2017

I absolutely love all of Cassandra Clare's book and couldn't pick my favorite. In this book, I love how she described Alicante. It's magical.

Aug 19, 2016

I really like how the Clary is fighting so much for her mother and her friends. Cassandra Clare describes Alicante to be a beautiful city and I wish that I could visit it. Also I really enjoyed the plot twists in the characters relationships.

Jul 30, 2016

Up until this point, readers would think they know quite a bit of the Shadowhunter world. Sorry to disappoint those, but you really have not seen much until you witness Clary's perspective of Alicante, Idris. The author seems to never be able to run out of fresh ideas, and this book is her proof. I felt that she really could not add any more plot twists in the relationships of our favourite characters. I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy continuing on with the fantasy, suspense, and adventure in The Mortal Instruments series. I myself must have reread this book at least six or more times. Shocking discoveries will be revealed, so readers beware! 5/5 - @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 27, 2016

this book was interesting from the first sentence. once reading, you are met with lively characters and unusual settings, with a twisting plot and a interesting ending. I highly recommend this book to fantasy and adventure lovers.

Jul 05, 2016

This book is extremely violent but quite romantic.

Jan 13, 2016

This is one of the best series I have ever read! I would recommend it to everyone who likes fantasy/romance/action books.

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Jul 03, 2015

"I wouldn't cut you out of my life, Clary, any more than I would cut off my right hand and give it to someone as a Valentine's Day gift."

Jan 20, 2015

This is what Jace and Sebastian say in Romanian:
Jace: "Why do you think I was listening to your conversation?"
Sebastian: "You've been watching me since I got here. I can't tell if you don't like me or if you're just this suspicious of everybody."

Aug 10, 2014

"And quit baring your fangs at me. It's making me nervous." "Good," Simon said. "If you want to know why, it's because you smell like blood." "It's my cologne. Eau de Recent Injury."- Simon and Jace

AyatTawil Jul 30, 2014

"There is no denying it Clary. I love you. I will love until the day I die, and I there is a life after that, I'll love you then." -Jace Lightwood

Dec 02, 2013

"Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin"-

26 “Here is what these words mean:

Mene[e]: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.

27 Tekel[f]: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.

28 Peres[g]: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

Daniel 5: 26- 28

Dec 02, 2013

"Ave atque vale"- hail and farewell

wendy_p Aug 29, 2013

“There is no pretending," Jace said with absolute clarity. "I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I'll love you then.”

Yellow_Dolphin_47 Aug 13, 2013

"tell me you would want me even if you didnt have demon blood. because i dont have demon blood and i still want you"
clary and jace

Aug 03, 2013

"There is no pretending, Jace said with absolute clarity. I love you, and I will love you"

Jun 30, 2013

"Patience, grasshopper," said Maia. "Good things come to those who wait."
"I always thought that was 'Good things come to those who do the wave,'" said Simon. "No wonder I've been so confused all my life."

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shaunapas Mar 18, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Spoiler: The battle, for some people.

shaunapas Mar 18, 2013

Sexual Content: Spoiler: Simon and Isabelle ; ) nothing much, don't worry.

shaunapas Mar 18, 2013

Coarse Language: I think there is some.

shaunapas Mar 18, 2013

Violence: Spoiler: At the battles.


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Aug 03, 2013

This is the third book of the Mortal Instruments series. In this installment Jace has to see Clary as his sister and nothing more.As well an old friend of Joceyln Madeleine is under a spell Clary must save her!

Nov 13, 2009

couldn't have asked for a better ending. I got everything I wanted. I don't want to summarize the book, I'll leave that to others, but I will say that there are some heartbreakingly beautiful scenes in this book. The characters became more developed and more endearing, especially Jace. His sarcastic wit is certainly present in this book; however, he is no longer hiding behind his carefully constructed facade. His torment over Clary is glaringly obvious from the first chapter.

I noticed that another review stated that she wished Clary and Jace hadn't have been as close as they were until they knew the truth about not being related, but I have to disagree. Clary was the only person in the world that made Jace feel like he belonged and she was the only person he belonged to and the fact that she didn't turn away from him when he told her that he loved her probably meant more to him than her waiting until she knew the truth to love him back the same way. He had resigned himself to love her always, no matter what, and I'm glad that he got to know that she had resigned herself to the same fate.

Cassandra Clare works magic with this novel. The excitement begins on the first page and doesn't stop until the final sentence. She brings everything full circle for a completely satisfying ending - even though fans would be more than happy to read about these beloved characters forever, I know I will miss them.
I look forward to seeing some of the characters from this series in her new series "The Clockwork Angel"

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