Series: The Mortal Instruments
Book #: Three
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Reading Level: Young Adult
To love is to destroy.
In the two previous books, Clary learns that she is a member of a race of demon-hunters and that she has the special ability to create new versions of the runes that give these Shadowhunters their power. Her mother has been hiding the truth from her for years to protect her from her father, Valentine, a cult-leader-turned-villain who is seeking to gain control over the Shadowhunters by obtaining the three Mortal Instruments. Now, Valentine has only one Mortal Instrument left to find, and the Shadowhunters must ally with the despised Downworlders, including vampires, werewolves, and fairies, to prepare their final defense. The question of whether Clary will be able to harness her unique abilities in time to help–and whether they will let her–is sidelined by the question of whether her love interest, Jace, is really her brother.
It seems to me that whenever a series comes to a close, the last book is always the darkest and most serious. At least, that’s how it was with City of Glass. In the first two books, the plot revolved around smaller battles with Downworlders and demons in New York. In this one, the readers are finally exposed to what everyone’s been waiting for; what all the battles, mysteries, secrets, and discoveries have been leading up to. This book captivated me from the very first page and kept me fascinated until the last word.
Cassandra Clare’s character development never weakened as the story continued to grow. Every character has a clearly defined yet realistic personality that brings the story to life. Personally, I love Jace. Something about his unfailing bravery and deep feelings really drew him to me. Clary, on the other hand, often annoyed me. I found myself screaming at her and disagreeing with her on a number of things. This proves that although I may not be able to relate to Clary, her personality was realistic enough to irritate me. Simon never failed to crack me up, even when the tension was reaching a peak. I believe that Clare did a marvelous job of creating wonderful personalities that I couldn’t get enough of.
I often found myself comparing this series with the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, which is high praise. Like Rowling, Clare weaves an intricate tale with a plot that never failed to shock me. I would begin to think I’d solved the mystery when BAM! Another surprise is thrown at you. As with City of Ashes, I would become so immersed in the book that I wouldn’t realize I was squealing with delight until my sister looked at me as if I were insane. In the end, the story is tied up with a nice little bow, which I liked. There’s nothing more annoying than a story without a proper ending.
Overall, I congratulate Clare for conjuring up such an unforgettable tale. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great romance and action novel. 5 hearts!