Sunday, September 12, 2010

Review: City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare

Synopsis (via 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 new found 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 final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments.

My Take: Wow.  Just, wow.  In the end, I got all the things I wanted out of this series.  I saw epic love, familial love, betrayal in so many forms, fighting, more betrayal, decapitations, kissing, labyrinthine twists through forgotten tunnels and hidden hillsides, and hideous experiments.  We learned that truth and lies can be easily wound together and that it's often a thin line that separates the two.

Despite being so phenomenally fantastic at everything, Jace is flawed.  He fights hard, he loves hard and he uses his way of life to battle through his demons.  Figuratively speaking.  Literally, too, I guess.  His ties to Valentine run deep and being strong enough to see through blind love takes courage.  For the record, Jace will probably go down as one of my all time favorite guys.  He's just ... whoa.

In case you couldn't figure it out, I pretty much loved this entire series. I'm excited beyond belief that we;'re getting another 3 books with these characters and I will be one of the first in line to get my hands on them when they come out.

Other Books By Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) review
City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) review 
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