Book Review: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare


My book review of City of Glass by Cassandra Clare. A forbidden love with gripping intensity.

Title: City of Glass

By: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Paranormal

Pages: 541

Release Date: March 24th, 2009

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

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 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?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of the New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.


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While not without its flaws, this book excels in delivering a thrilling narrative that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.

Clare's world-building reaches new heights in City of Glass, as she expands the lore of the Shadowhunter universe beyond the confines of New York City. The vivid descriptions of the Shadowhunter stronghold in Alicante transport readers to a realm where magic and danger intertwine seamlessly. The intricate politics and history of the Clave add layers of complexity to the story, enriching the reading experience.

The one complaint I have is the constant droning on about Clary's romantic obsession with her "brother." It was disturbing and went on and on. Knowing what I know now, I'm feeling better, but going into the story, the author has made it very clear what their relationship is, and then makes things weird. 

If you can push past the supposed incest, then you should be able to really enjoy this read. I don't want to spoil things, but everything works out.

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