City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
(Mortal Instruments)

80%

22 Critic Reviews

As lurid battle scenes cut to the requisite shocking revelations and angst-drenched reunions, readers will almost hear the John Williams music swelling. Derivative though it may be, melodramatic emotional wallowing has never been so much fun.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Love is a mortal sin, and the secrets of the past are deadly. Plunge into the third installment in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly).

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 bestselling series the Mortal Instruments.

Includes an exclusive sneak peek of the fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series: City of Fallen Angels! And don't miss the teaser from Clockwork Angel, the first book in the Infernal Devices trilogy, the prequel to the Mortal Instruments series.
 

About Cassandra Clare

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Cassandra Clare is the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and USA TODAY bestselling author of the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices trilogies of young adult fantasy novels. Her first book, City of Bones, was a 2007 Locus Award finalist for Best First Novel. Her books have been translated into 32 languages. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two cats.
 
Published February 14, 2009 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 577 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Horror, Romance, Religion & Spirituality, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for City of Glass
All: 22 | Positive: 21 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Above average
on May 20 2010

As lurid battle scenes cut to the requisite shocking revelations and angst-drenched reunions, readers will almost hear the John Williams music swelling. Derivative though it may be, melodramatic emotional wallowing has never been so much fun.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Crystal McNeal on Oct 07 2010

All in all the third book in the Mortal Instruments series is just as clever and well written as the first two. The characters are intricate and the plot keeps the reader entranced throughout the entire piece.

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Open Book Society

Good
Reviewed by Dawn on Mar 16 2010

The whole series has been an easy to read guilty pleasure. City of Glass matures from books one and two and the author is just getting better book after book.

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Nights and Weekends

Good
Reviewed by Margaret Marr on Jun 12 2015

A host of secondary characters—all of whom shine with their own unique light and personality—round out this gripping paranormal young adult tale of love and adventure that’s fraught with peril from all sides.

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BlogHer

Above average
Reviewed by Kat on Nov 03 2011

This book shows a progression of the series and Clare's writing; purple prose is virtually nonexsistent, we have a more focused story line that is fast-paced.

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Fantasy Book Review

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Reviewed by Jasper de Joode on Jul 04 2015

City of Glass upon reflection is a great addition to the growing series of Mortal Instruments, for me it would only have been better is the first 2/3 of the book would have been skipped...City of Glass ends with an all good ending.

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That's What She Read

Above average
Reviewed by Michelle on Jan 14 2011

In spite of concerns about the lack of a huge battle, there were enough twists and turns, action and love to thrill even the most half-hearted fan of the Mortal Instruments series.

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Rhapsody in Books

Above average
Reviewed by rhapsodyinbooks on Jul 22 2013

Three is enough for me; I can’t go on to four and five. Except for a moving and well-done subplot involving Alec and his coming to terms with his being gay, I’m ready to move on to some better writing.

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Fyrefly's Book Blog

Above average
on Jun 10 2011

For all my complaining, I did enjoy it, and I will almost certainly be listening to City of Fallen Angels. Sometimes, reliably entertaining is all you really need.

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Reading Lark

Excellent
Reviewed by Michele B on Jun 18 2012

City of Glass was an awesome ending to an amazing trilogy!! It was an exhilarating, emotional, heart-stopping story. I cannot say enough good things about it!

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Book Journey

Good
Reviewed by Sheila on Nov 10 2013

So mid series I am still at a WOW level. I simply love the characters...Simon is as always a great addition to the books (way to go Cassandra Clare!) He adds that mix of dorky loyalty that levels out the book from all the hotness those Shadow Hunters provide!

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The Lit B***h

Good
on Nov 21 2014

...I think it’s even harder as a writer to figure out a plausible way to get them ALL to work together….what Clare does with this problem is a perfect solution and it worked beautifully. I was impressed and that was one of the things I will take away from this series so far….the alliance was completely believable.

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Rated Reads

Good
Reviewed by Cathy Lim on Nov 21 2014

City of Glass is just as action-packed as the previous two Mortal Instruments books, City of Bones and City of Ashes, and it introduces more mysteries into the story line. But very satisfyingly, it answers the mysteries that have been brought up throughout the series and brings the story to a conclusion of sorts.

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http://roofbeamreader.com

Good
on Apr 03 2013

One of the primary criticisms of this book is how blatantly derivative it is and, to be honest, I could not help shaking this feeling throughout the entire reading experience. There are clearly many elements of the story which are taken directly from other fantasy works, such as the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and even Star Wars.

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Reading In Winter

Above average
Reviewed by Kristilyn on Jun 21 2012

If there’s one author that you should be reading, it’s Cassandra Clare. She kicks butt when it comes to writing about the shadowhunters and their world is a wonderful one to explore.

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http://www.inismagazine.ie

Above average
on Nov 21 2014

What the story has always lacked is any deeper thematic resonance; despite the innumerable changes they’ve gone through, almost all the characters seem to actively resist development. However, the sheer pace, style and exuberance of the telling offer readers other compensations.

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Katie's Book Blog

Excellent
on Jul 26 2010

Overall, City Of Glass is the best of the Mortal Instruments books so far but I have very high hopes for City Of Fallen Angels. I don’t want to wait until March of next year but it gives me something to look forward to.

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Carina's Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Carina Olsen on Apr 20 2012

I don't know what else to say about this book. It is just so good. If you have read the first two books in The Mortal Instruments; then you really need to read City of Glass. Because it is the perfect finale.

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Fiction Folio

Excellent
Reviewed by Tara on Mar 29 2011

...the continuous plot twists and turns… I’m not sure how much more my poor body can handle. Your heart will melt, break, tear, jump into your throat, sink to your stomach, and then cycle around all over again. That, my friends, is the sign of a phenomenal story!

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Dreaming of Books

Good
Reviewed by Jenny on Jun 09 2010

I loved City of Glass and it delivered a fitting end to this amazing series by Cassandra Clare. The story was full of action with lots of reveals and revelations...

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Scattered pages

Good
on Apr 22 2011

What we find in these pages resonates within our own lives to such an extent that we’re made breathless by it.

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Hipster Zoe

Good
Reviewed by Zoe Whitten on Jan 05 2014

I give City of Glass five stars, and I would recommend it to fans of dark fantasy and paranormal romances.

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