City of Glass by Cassandra ClareCity of Glass by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass

byCassandra Clare

Hardcover | March 24, 2009

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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.
Cassandra Clare was born in Teheran, Iran and spent much of her childhood travelling the world with her family. After college, Cassie lived in Los Angeles and New York where she worked at various entertainment magazines. Cassie started working on The Mortal Instruments series in 2004. City of Bones, A New York Times Bestseller, is the ...
Title:City of GlassFormat:HardcoverDimensions:560 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.7 inPublished:March 24, 2009Publisher:Margaret K. McElderry BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1416914307

ISBN - 13:9781416914303

Appropriate for ages: 14


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book One Of My Faves Out Of The Whole Series
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Good! I'm very happy this didn't end up being the last book - all of the main threads from the first half of the series were tied up, but then another BIG one appeared and I jumped with joy when I learned that a fourth would be written. The plot of this one was fantastic! I can certainly understand why this one is the fan favourite of the TMI series.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prepare to be sucked into this serires!! I read this series when it first came out, and loved it! found it so captivating, and creative. I felt while reading it, that you were part of that world. You get so invested in these characters lives as if they are your own friends and family. Clare wrote a novel that not only is creative to its very core but ropes you right inside of it! I am gladly reading it for a second time right now and would read again! Well worth the money paid for the novel!
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from City of Glass Sebsatian is a great addition to the series. Jace and Clary's relationship continues to be great.
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Fantastic series and story!
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I really enjoy the mortal instruments series of books. Kept me entertained. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book series I really enjoyed this book. This book has a lot going on, such action packed adventure. Couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great A complex and brilliant story that is fast paced and exciting. #PlumReview
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book! These books are very good. I love her take on the magical world, all is well crafted. well done... no wonder they made a tv series and a movie of this story!
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This is by far my favorite series! I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a book that dabbles between the dark and light of demons and angels!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing just amazing Another absolutely amazing book to The Mortal Instruments Series. Throughly enjoyed this rollercoaster of emotions, from frustration to anger, to sadness.
Date published: 2015-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The City Of Glass Omg this book is AMAZING I couldn't put it down. Have and Clary's adventure keeps on getting better and better!
Date published: 2015-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from City of Glass This was a very good book, maybe the best in the series. Cassandra Clare really revealed some key information in this book that really makes everything so much clearer.
Date published: 2015-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The city of Glass Amazing...give me the next QUICK... "The City of Fallen Angels"
Date published: 2014-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book This book was awesome I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2014-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from MI3 Loved the Angel's response to Valentine's arrogance.
Date published: 2014-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It This book had it all it's thrilling, mysterious, adventure,romance, forbidden love, heartbreak, it's everything you should expect from a great book.
Date published: 2014-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great series! The 3rd book in the mortal instruments series was so thrilling! Action packed on every page!
Date published: 2014-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! This one was my favourite of all the books so page turner!
Date published: 2014-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Second time I read this and still amazing.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing If you have read the other books in this series this one will not disappoint.....I couldn't put this book down!!!
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Great young adult read, can't wait to see the movie adaptation.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Amazing I started reading this series, but once I got to this book and Sebastians character, I just couldn't continue, I don't know if it was too twisted, maybe I was just so upset that when they said Jace and Clary were siblings, and then made you believe that for multiple books, and then she changed her mind and switched things up? I dont know, I can't bring myself to read the end of this book though!
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Amazing author and great writing but Im not too sure if I enjoyed the story enough
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Excellent, couldn't put it down. I always anticipated the next in her series, if you haven't read it you are missing out.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Enjoyed this book... The whole series is well written and hard to put down..
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Couldn't put it down , but found myself hoping for more?
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Great book:) read the hole series when they first came out. Can't wait fr the movie to come out
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I enjoyed every sentence in this book. Truly a work of art.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing good book! Follows well with the previous book and gets into the details of Clary's past and her relationship with her mother. Got a lot of answers to questions that were raised in the previous book and was left wanting to read the next one.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Excellent story. Great detail and fairly suspenseful.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Doesn't disappoint! Oh Cassandra Clare, how do I love thee? This is the second time I’ve read City of Glass, the third book in the Mortal Instruments series, and it was just as good as it was the first time I read it. Naturally, I went straight to the audiobook for my reread because it’s spring and there are so many things to be done around the house. Luckily, Natalie Moore’s narration is pretty good and the story still had me going, even if I already knew what was going to happen. In this book, Clary is still trying to save her mother, which means a trip to the City of Glass — even though Jace doesn’t want her there and Simon ends up being thrown into prison. The shadowhunters are still trying to go after Voldemort, Clary and Jace are still dealing with being siblings, but now everyone must try to work together — the downworlder’s with the shadowhunters. I think my favourite thing about Cassandra Clare’s books are the characters. I love Jace just a little more with each book I read (again, despite how snarky he may sound due to the narrator), and I even grow to like Clary, even though she can be a bit of a whiner. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — Simon still gets on my nerves, but at least there are more likeable characters than unlikeable. Isabelle is just so charming, as is Alec, and Magnus. It was really nice to see all the characters working together in this book. The other wonderful thing about Cassandra Clare is her writing. She just never ceases to disappoint. Her world building is fantastic and if I could travel to any fictional world, hers would be one of the top ones on my list. Of course, I’d rather go there when Valentine isn’t there being the villain that he is (because he sure can do some nasty things), but it’s definitely tops. While I thought that City of Ashes dragged just a bit, City of Glass has to be my second favourite in the series. There is a ton of action, a ton of emotional stuff going on, and a lot of mystery and suspense. New characters are brought in who even had me second guessing myself — even though I had already read the book and should know most of what’s going on. That being said, there is a lot that goes on in Clare’s books … I found that listening to the audiobook made it slightly difficult since I couldn’t flip back in the pages for a recap when I would start listening each day. And I had been listening to/reading this for the second time. I can’t imagine how a newcomer would deal with listening to the audio. It’s one of those books where you have to give it your full attention. Just a last note on the audio version of this book: I loved Natalie Moore’s narration and I think she did a way better job than Ari Graynor who did the narration on the first book. Though, whenever I heard her voice for Valentine, I immediately thought of Kathleen Turner, when she’s on Friends playing Charles Bing. And, like I’ve mentioned before, she can make Jace sound just a little too snarky (and just a tad younger than I always envisioned him) and Clary whiny (even moreso than she comes across while reading the book). 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.
Date published: 2012-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best of the Three I thought that City of Glass was better than City of Bones and City of Ashes. I know there is also City of Fallen Angels and City of Lost Souls, but I haven't gotten to that yet. City of Glass had plenty of romance, tons of action and enough drama to get me feeling emotional. In the end, I was very content with the conclusion. This book is amazing; this series is amazing ! I reccomend it to anyone who like fantasy, romance and action. I also love how Isabelle developed a character, and how the stunning Sebastian was introduced. Changes like these made the series seem more realistic and better. All in all; one of my favourite books for sure !
Date published: 2012-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the last book of the trilogy The Mortal Instruments. Clary must go to the City of Glass in order to wake up her mother but Jace doesn't want her there. Clary will discover secrets that they were kept in dark for years.... but Jace is not willing to help her. Clary finds Sebastian who is too eager to help her but he is hiding something....... Love it, love it!!!!!!!!!!! It was a good closure for the story. I loved Alec in this one. At the previous books he was so into Jace and against Clary that kind of made me not like him but in this book you see him being more mature and willing to face his fears. In this book we see Isabelle being more emotional. We can see that behind the Shadowhunter gear she’s just a girl and even though she can handle everything (expect from cooking.. lol ) and be strong, she’s fragile just as she’s strong. Simon. Ok, I usually don't like a character who goes between a couple, and that's the case here, but I really liked him. In the previous books he was trying to win Clary over Jace but in this book he realises that he can have her only as a friend and that's what he does..... not like Jacob in Twilight.. (These books has nothing to do with Twilight but if you have read them you know what I mean by Jacob insisting that he was the one for Bella... huh!) Anyway that's one of the reasons that I love Simon, that he understands what Clary wants and steps aside to stand by her as a friend.... the other reason is that now he’s more involved in the story, he’s stronger now and ready to have some action and take responsibilities. Jace. What can I say about Jace. I can start from how much I love him!!!!!!!! :) He is very strong as a character and deep. You can see that behind his arrogant remarks, he’s just a boy struggling to find who he is and to get use to the idea that Clary is his sister. Clary. I wouldn't say that I loved her but I can say for sure that I liked her. She is strong, she’s all willing to jump in and help her friends..... Valentine. I didn't like him as being the bad guy.... The only part I actually felt same hatred towards him, would be at The City of Bones where he tells Clary and Jace that they are related. Other than that I didn't feel that he was the bad guy... I was close to liking him at the end and kind felt sorry for his ending. I think that's the only part I don't like form the books, that Valentine's character isn't developed enough and that his reasons for wanting to destroy the Shadowhunters aren't believable. Overall the book was good; my favorite though is the City of Ashes... more drama in it..... and I love good drama! One of the reasons that I love this trilogy is that combines humor, adventure, drama, love story.... pretty much everything but I loved it mostly because of the humor in it. It made me laugh so many times and I still do when I read the funny quotes. The author was able to put humor into serious conversations without stopping them for not being serious.... and that's really difficult to do.... and I loved it!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2011-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another exciting installment I really enjoyed reading this installment and found it much better than City of Ashes. There was lots of tension, action, twists and turns. Again, I found myself impressed with Cassandra Clare's writing and ability to create an interesting fantasy world within the real world. The world changes in this book as the characters travel to Idris, the City of Glass, which is outside the normal world - it was nice to have a change of setting and focus. I enjoyed the characters more in this book and am glad that the Clary/Jace story line took a turn as I didn't like their brother/sister storyline. Clary starts to grow into herself more in this book as she has had some time now to get used to being a Shadowhunter and her strengths are being more revealed and she acts more purposefully and less by accident. It is also nice to see Jace act like less of a jerk. Again, I found some of the more minor characters to be some of the most interesting, such as Alec, Magnus, Isabelle, and Simon. In fact, some of the best scenes for breaking the tension and adding humour were between Simon and Jace. This was supposed to be the final installment of the series, and it does tie up all of the loose ends, but Cassandra Clare has written more, with the City of Fallen Angels already out and more books planned - it will be interesting to see where things go from here.
Date published: 2011-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved from beginning to end! This book was the best out of the three by far, but I loved all three from this series! I simply devoured this book in a day! This series was so well written that I couldn't help but wonder if Cassandra has somehow lived in this world that she has so descriptively written about! Can't wait to get City of Fallen Angels!!
Date published: 2011-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME! i LOVE this book series. I could not put the book down. I would recommend this series not to just 12-17 year old but for anyone who likes fantasy. I cannot wait for the movies to hit theatres!
Date published: 2011-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So fantastic Absolutely love this series!!!! This was a perfect third novel to the series!!!
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best in the series so far. What an awesome read, easily the best book in the series so far. The war against Valentine comes to a climatic close, and we get answers about Jace and Clary's "relationship." Fast paced and full of excitement City of Glass is the perfect close to the epic battle. I highly recommend to anyone who is a fan of the genre.
Date published: 2011-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps Getting Better Cassandra Clare continues to gain momentum in the Mortal Instruments series. Many of the mysteries that have been palguing readers since the start of the saga are answered in this edition and they are dealt with in such a manner that keeps the intrigue intact while satisfying the reader's desires. I continue to be fascinated with the characters and am looking forward to watching them develop even further now that their world has been forever altered. Bring on the next book, Cassandra!
Date published: 2011-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THANK GOD I WAS PRAYING THAT THEY WEREN;T RELATED AND PRAYER HEARD. i was so happy this series is much much better than TWILIGHT any day at least it gets to the point and aint all about blood.
Date published: 2011-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This is one of the few series I have read in years that has completely blown me away. The world that has been created is amazing, and the characters are craftier with incredible skill. The world is believable, and the one we might actually live in and just not be aware of it. The battles between good and evil are epic, but one of the things that makes this series so good, is it explores the areas of life that are grey, neither black nor white. It explores feelings and emotions even when they are difficult. This book continues almost immediately after book 2, City of Ashes, the battle between the Shadowhunters and Valentine . Valentine is intent on cleansing the Shadowhunters and destroying all down worlders. This is another great book in a marvelous series.
Date published: 2010-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I loved this series, I found that I could never put any of the books down and when I was waiting for City of Glass to come back into the Library I felt as though I would expload with antisipation! I just loved the books and after reading them I recomended them to all of my family who aren`t big readers but they loved them as well, so this is a book for anyone, at any age! So good!
Date published: 2010-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dreaming of Books Review 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 (some predictable, some not). And the big question which I have been dying to know of whether Clary and Jace are really brother and sister is finally answered. This was actually the first time in the series where I found myself annoyed with Clary’s actions. It was just in the beginning chapters where she acted recklessly and wouldn’t listen to others. She wanted to do things that were potentially dangerous and didnt think that she might be putting others in danger too. Now that I’m done with this series, I’m really looking forward to reading more from Cassandra Clare. I highly recommend this series. It has a bit of everything and you won’t be disappointed.
Date published: 2010-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. This book was great, my favorite of the series. When I finished the book I was upset it ended. I deffintely recommend this book, and I'm happy to say I've already gotten three of my friends to read the series. :)
Date published: 2010-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite of the Series Honestly, this was my favourite one of the series!! I found that the author payed a little more attention to detail in this novel, and I appreciate her vast imagination as it was illustrated in this book. The author's imagination is quite commendable, as I personally would never have the creative ability to imagine such names, characters and events. Well done!
Date published: 2010-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING SERIES!! I abosulutely loved this series!! It was full of action, romance, and many twists! i loved the character Jace, and (i hope i dont spoil it) I'm SO glad Clary and Jace werent brother and sister, i love their relationship! I hope Clare comes out with some more amazing books. Definately a MUST READ!
Date published: 2010-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! Amazing Series!
Date published: 2010-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another page turner!! City of Glass is the third book in the Mortal Instrument series and it left me depressed that it was over and wanting so much more. I am so sad that we have to wait until 2011 for the next book!! It was fantastic, all the characters that I wanted to end up together did, the bad guy was killed, a new bad guy emerged (yeah lets continue with the series), and many of the unanswered questions I had were explained. Overall I was very happy with the end of this book, can’t wait to see what the future holds for Simon in the next book!!
Date published: 2010-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh wow the twists!!!!! This series is just as good as the Twilight Saga. You'll fall in love with Jace, just as much as you had with Jacob and/or Edward. It's written just as well and the storyline is wonderful; if only I could live in it. This series I COULD NOT put down. I only slowed my reading on this last book because I didn't want it to end!! I am hoping for new material from Clare.
Date published: 2009-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Of The Three Overall this series was great, but I think that out of the three this is the best. Cassandra Clare, really knows how to kept her readers on the edge of their seats. I would read these books over and over.
Date published: 2009-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Great Adventure! Clary's off to Idris, the City of Glass, to save her mother. An old friend of her mothers, Madeleine, from her mother shadowhunter days, has reveiled to her the secret of how to save her mother, she's the only person that her mother ever told about what she did to herslef to put herself into a coma. Madeleine has told Clary that to save her mother she musy find a wise, old warlock named Ragnor Fell. Plans are made for them all to go to Idris, but Jace is not happy about it, he doesn't want Clary to go. Jace goes to great lengths to make sure that Clary does not go, but in the end his attempts were useless. Clary is in the city along with Luke who isn't even legaly allowed to be in the city; Simon, who was accidentally brought to Idris, is now in prison; and to top it all off the Clave is strugling to decide what it is that their going to do about Valentine who has disappeared once again and this time with two of the Mortal Insturments. The adventure continues right from were it left off in the last book, and is just as exciting and suspenseful as all the others in the series. In this book you will uncover even more surprising secrets about all the characters and you will finally get some of the answers that you have been waiting for since the beginning. What will Valentine do next? Will Simon get out of the prison that the Clave is holding him in? Will Clarys mother come out of her coma alive? And what will happen next between Clary and Jace? All these questions and many more will finally be answered. I absolutly LOVED this book. It was suspenseful, cleaver, smart, adventurous, dangerous, and just all around AMAZING! If you haven't read this book yet and liked the others in the series then your missing out, you definetly have to read this one, you won't be disapointed. And if you haven't read any of the others in the series then you are REALLY missing out, this series is great. I recommend this book to everyone that likes paranormal adventures, but if you don't like paranormal books I would still recommend this one, the series is one of my favoutrite by far.
Date published: 2009-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from F.AN.T.A.S.T.I.C ending to a F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C series!!!! ok. so i sooo finished this book like 2 months ago. but i haven't even wrote a review for it. and it was such a frigin AMAZING ENDING TO A SERIES! like omigosh. it was like... u can't even explain how good it was. i haven't read a really good series in like forever. since... Twilight. there has been other series i just haven't got the chance to finish them. but this series was so my summer reads. afterwards i was so upset that the series was over.!!!! i was like.. what now? lol. but it was a very good ending. though i heard that ... she is writing another book in simon's poin of view. so if she did... i guess the sadness of the series ending wont be so sadd anymore! anyways... im just rambling now. but this series is sooooo recommeneded for EVERYONE! ( L )
Date published: 2009-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I want more!!!! Ahhh cassandra makes so hard to hate these books. Im soo mad it's over I want to read more and more. Absolutely have a crush on the character Jace, I love the chemistry beetween him and Clary. The end made me want to cry it was so beautiful how everyone came together. I'm a sucker for beautiful endings!
Date published: 2009-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a great read! Another collection that was hard to put down. I needed to know what was going to happen next to Clary and the Shadowhunters. You try to imagine what the characters look like because of the great detailed description. There is some romance but lots of action. It is a must read for those who like fantasy and fiction.
Date published: 2009-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from !!!!!!!!!!!!! One Word : Amazing !!!!!! I Loved this book one of the best book i read so far. And i can't believe it's over :'( This is a must read !
Date published: 2009-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from To late to end this! I LOVED THIS BOOK AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO READS THIS WILL! the end book in every set is always the best like breaking dawn with the end vampire fight. But really this one was amazing! total yes i so LOVED IT!!!! wish there was more of them.
Date published: 2009-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Now See Why Stephenie Meyer Loves it... I do not regret reading this series because I thought they were all so BEAUTIFUL! This one had to be my favourite though. I thought it had more romance, and a better story line in it. The characters were amazing as usual, especially Jace really do love him. And it is just a whole world of make believe creatures that we wish for in our world. I was really happy for Clary and Jace in the end, I really can't wait for the fourth one: The City Of Fallen Angels, which is on Simon's point of view. I also can't wait for the Prequels!
Date published: 2009-09-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from it was ok. well i am kinda disappointed at how obvious the book was xD but it was ok nonetheless.
Date published: 2009-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great end to a great series. This was a great series all around. This is the last book in a trilogy called the mortal instruments. I really enjoyed the first two books, and this last one was definitely the best. If you have not read any of the last books I would stop here as this review enevitably will give away some aspects of the series that you will not want ruined. So stop now and read this series, it is definately worth it. In this book the group of kids have to go to the City of Glass and the Clave is to deal with Valentine. Also Clary is trying to restore her mother back to consciencness and in order to that she has to go along with them. But Jace is being all over protective and gerkish so he tries to leave without her. Simon is thrown into the mix and eventually everyone ends up in the Shadowhunter homeland one way or the other. Needless to say most are not all the welcome. Between Clary trying to find the man who is supposed to help her, Simon being questioned by the Clave about his "special" vampirism, and the Clave just being all around paranoid about Valetine how the Lightwoods seem to be conected to him and predudiced about everyone but themselves, and whatnot there is alot going on. I really enjoyed how everthing turned out in this book. It was somewhat obvious what was going to happen, but at the same time was not so obvious that it was redundant. There were a few surprises, but honestly I was just so into the book that all I wanted to do was spend time in the story and enjoy it. And that is exactly what happened. Cassandra Clare did such a great job on this series that i am excited to read her new trilogy that is coming out. Another thing about this series that I loved was the characters. The main character Clary was not some over sexed, stupid, winey, bimbo that a lot of stories seem to have. Her biggest weapon was her brain and her love for her family and friends. Sure she got a little scared when the Demons were all killing everyone, but really, who wouldn't. But when the time came to stand up and do something she was there and ready. I guess what i am saying is that the characters were realistic, and enjoyable. And that is all the characters. Sure Jace was an ass a lot of the time, but you could always see his reasoning behind it and even sympathise with him. Izzy, Alec, Luke, Simon, and Magnus were all excellent characters as well. They each brought their own part to the story and it wouldn't have been the same without any one of them. This is such a great series that I think most would enjoy it. Some more than others of cource, but all in all it was so great. This is definitely a reread in my world and if they ever come out in MMP, I will definitely scoop them up.
Date published: 2009-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Of The Bestest I absolutely love this book to death!!! I just finished the book a few minutes ago and was disappointed that it ended. I wanted MORE. I wanted the read more of Clary's life as a Shadowhuntere with Jace. I wanted to see more of a dangerous side of Clary. And what I mean about that is, I want to see Jace train Clary to be a Shadowhunter or something. I hope Cassandra Clare continues another sequel to this story about Clary and Jace's life as a couple. I already know that there's a prequel coming up, which of course, I'm excited about. I really hope that Cassandra Clare makes a sequel to this story because it rocks! (:
Date published: 2009-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fitting End What a great and action-packed ending to this trilogy. Be warned that you'll find yourself sorry that it's all over. I just love the way everything came together here in the end. All our questions are answered and everything that was hinted at or all those puzzle pieces were finally put together. I'm happy to discover that some of my suspicions were true and that everyone finds their own happiness in the end. I loved that there was so much action in this last book. It would have been very easy for the author to just systematically tie up the loose ends and have a novel that feels more like an epilogue. That didn't happen here at all and everything was woven together nicely. There was enough going on all the time that the story never lost momentum but you also didn't feel rushed or as if it was going too quickly. It's difficult to say much more without actually revealing plot points... but I loved this trilogy and it will definitely remain one of my favourites. I'm also kind of hoping there might actually be more as there seemed to be some evidence to that in the last couple of chapters. We'll wait and see.
Date published: 2009-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC This is another wonderful series that I would recommend to anyone. Read the three books in a week while on vacation. Another series where you just have to keep reading to find out what happens. Loved it.
Date published: 2009-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a way to end! I absolutely loved this series. I am so glad that I read it and cannot wait to read it again. All I keep hoping is that they turn it into a movie. Once again we find ourselves swept up into the world of Cassandra Clare. Each character is more fully developed and the action continues. We see teh struggle continue between Clary, Simon and Jace. I like the sarcastic humour between Simon and Jace. I also like the strength that we see building in Clary our heroine. If you are looking for a series that will have you staying up all hours of the night struggling to keep your eyes awake to read just one more page then this is the series you are looking for! Loved it!!
Date published: 2009-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Whoa, Awesome! Contains Spoilers! Well, to start this off, lets give the book some backround information... City Of Glass is the 3rd book in The Mortal Instruments. And yeah, it is very good. I found the book to be beautifully written, and trust me, I know it is because I have this saying. It goes, 'If I can cry in a book it is beautifully written.' And well, I cried about 5 times. Its very fast paced, and very exciting. I also found I could hardly put it down. It was full of many wonderful suprises. I very mch liked how Casandra Clare had it seem Jace died twice before he actually did. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars for everything wonderful in it. Wnderful characters, stories, and suprises. I recomend everyone who read the other books in the series to read this too! Because who knows, some people may have found them not the best. (I know I did NOT!) I loved the whole series and wish that maybe Casandra Clare could write another mini story about these wonderful characters and they're awesome lives.
Date published: 2009-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ending! I just new that everything would be fine with Jace and Clary in the end, the author kept giving different hints throughout the series. I really hated Simon's character before, but once he became a vampire I think his character became less annoying and I ended up liking him. It's a really good book and I don't think it's going to disappoint any Mortal Instruments fan. The author did an overall great ending.
Date published: 2009-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Series Ever!!!! I loved "The Mortal Instruments" series. "City of Glass" was soooo good. I finished the book wishing that it wouldn't end. Cassandra Clare left a few questions that could be answered in another book. I hope that she writes a fourth one:)
Date published: 2009-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a way to end :) Happy ending all around!!! While I wish we could learn more about what happens to all these great characters, I think the ending left me satisified, and thrilled. A great series and would recomend to EVERYONE!!!
Date published: 2009-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ending.... sad that it IS the ending! What a great ending to a great series. I was confused at some of the parts (ie: the lady at the end that was talking to Magnus that kept looking at Clary) but after going to Cassandra's website, I found out a lot of answers to some of the questions I had. I sort of figured out how things would wrap up and am pleased that I was pretty much on target. I cannot wait to read Cassandra's Infernal Devices series next. I love the world that Cassandra writes about.
Date published: 2009-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a m a z i n g ♥ the mortal instuments books are definatley my favourite books hands down. i've read all 3 and i'm so dissappionted that the series is finished. I cant wait for the Infernal Devices series, which takes place before the world of the shadowhunters, also by cassandra clare. (:
Date published: 2009-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Amazing! I was a little bit reluctant to read the Mortal Instruments series at first but am i ever glad i did! This trilogy is amazing and City of Glass was a great last instalment that does not dissapoint! It really ties everything up nicely and I personally thought it was a great end to the trilogy. If you like a fast paced read with a bunch of surprises, twists and of course romance, you should really really read this series! I really wish there were more books though just because i simply cannot get enough =) Pick it up!
Date published: 2009-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Utterly Fabulous! City of Glass, third and final installment of the Mortal Instruments trilogy, lives up to the standards that the previous two (City of Bones and City of Ashes) have set. The book starts with Clary on a mission, one that will require her to travel to the City of Glass, the ancesteral home of the Shadowhunters. However, entering the City without permission is a crime, one that is punishable by death. The only way for Clary to enter the City is through a portal, and the warlock Magnus has agreed to create one for Clary and the Lightwoods to enter. The only issue is, Jace doesn't want Clary to come with them because he thinks it'll be too dangerous, and so he lies to her about the departing time. Clary eventually finds her way to the City herself, making a portal with the runes that she is able to create. When she gets there, she finds things to be in a mess. Jace still doesn't want her there, and somehow, her best friend Simon has been thrown into a Shadowhunter prison! And Jace and Clary's relationship continues to develop despite the taboo surrounding it. But then Jocelyn makes a startling revelation, one that could make or break Jace and Clary. And along with that, once Clary is in the City, she finds things have taken a turn for the worst, with Valentine's evil plots coming to a head causing a war that will require everyone to do their part to win. The final book in the Mortal Instruments, City of Glass ties up everything neatly, with a satisfying conclusion. More characters are introduced in this novel as well as further development on the ones already part of the story. For one, we get to meet Valentine's other son. He and Valentine really do make a perfect evil pair. Both are pretty terrific villans, charismatic yet completely horrible. The type with no chance of redemption. They really pushed the story forward, with the tension they caused with their horrific plans. Simon plays his important role in the book as well. I think he really grew as a character in this novel, he's gone so far from simply just being Clary's loyal best friend. He takes his own part in saving everyone from Valentine and his nefarious plans and also takes the steps to his own happy ending. Jocelyn finally woke up (not really much of a spoiler, since it's the end of the kind of had to happen) and I really enjoyed reading about her while she was awake and learning about the things that she revealed when she woke up. Clary and Jace continue on their up and downs together, they're still drawn to each other despite the "sibling" issue that continues to eat away at them. They have quite a few great scenes together, their longing is palpable in each scene together. And the ending? I can't say that I'd want it any differently. Cassandra Clare did wonders with it. Not all evil can be erased and that's not what happened. But she managed to tie it all up nicely, with a satisfying conclusion. (Though I think most fans are pretty sad that we won't be reading about Jace, Clary, Simon and the rest of the gant anymore...) Overall, City of Glass is a terrific conclusion to a great series. Be sure to pick this one up, it's at a bookstore near YOU!
Date published: 2009-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The end of a wonderful Trilogy City of Glass is the last book of Mortal Instrument Trilogy. I was absolutely happy with the final instalment. The story begins with Clary, Jace and the rest of the Shadowhunters on their way to Indris. They want to figure out how to get Clary’s mom out of her coma. But Jace doesn’t want Clary to go and Clary gets left behind. Clary finds a way to go to Indris and Luke joins her but because Indris didn’t know they were coming, it was against the law for them to be there. We also learn that Clary is a lot more talented than anyone thought. We meet Sebastian. He’s very charming and smart and is totally interested in Clary. But he is not what he seems. Valentine is up to his old tricks and is trying to get the third mortal instrument. He is about to unleash all the demons into Indris. The shadowhunters know they will be outnumbered and Luke tries to coordinate all the vamps, fairies and Werewolves together to fight Valentine. But will the Clave allow that. What a wonderful ending. I was able to predict a lot of what happened but it didn’t make me love this book any less. I really fell in love with the characters and the book was a good page turner. I recommend this book to everyone
Date published: 2009-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! words can not describe my love for these books! the epik tale of Clary Fray totally suck you into a world with vamprie and werewolves, but also fairies, warlocks and Shadowhunters! i love the series and i read this one in a little over a day. i couldnt put it down! Clare doesnt disappoint! hoping there will be more in the future :]
Date published: 2009-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Superb! City of Glass is the third and final installment of the Mortal Instruments trilogy. This spectacular book definitely lives up to the expectation and reputation as the first two--City of Bones and City of Ashes. The third book picks up shortly after where the second book ended leaving Clary and the others on a mission to save her mother and stop Valentine from unleashing havoc in Alicante. Once in the City of Glass, Clary and her friends are thrown in the middle of the largest battle the Shadowhunters have ever had to face. Valentines plans are in the final stages and everyone is on high alert. Meanwhile Jace and Clary are in the midst of their complicated relationship which keeps them as confused as ever, but provides the reader with a great deal of excitement. Cassandra Claire works her magic in this novel. The excitement begins on the first page and doesn't stop until the final sentence. She brings everything full-circle for a complete, satisfying ending.
Date published: 2009-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is amazing I loved this book , soo much for a few reasons. ( SPOILER) Like how They found out Jace ans clary were not really brother and sister and that they could be togther <3 i was like d'awhh =] . I think this series the have a fourth book , because I said so . and i really think others should read it , i found this series amazing since the first book , which is called city of bones <3 . So , im going to to tell all you book hos , to go and get this book series or i will hunt you down and force you to read it , Well anyways great book a must read . ! ps : i will hunt you down , so, get up and go to a book store . love Erin .
Date published: 2009-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from -- LOVE!!!! I can't quite describe how incredibly fantastic this book was. I recommend it completely. Of course, you must read the first two books first, but CITY OF GLASS is the perfect final book. This book confirms that I will not put Cassandra Clare, too, on my watch list. It ends wonderfully, it is engrossing and thrilling and there were some points where I was literally squealing and jumping up and down and others where I cried. Clare makes you feel so strongly for the characters and the action and story. I loved it. Now I just have to wait for her Infernal Devices series, to be published in 2010, starting with the Clockwork Princess. This woman is brilliant, this book, this series, is brilliant and I loved every minute I was reading it. FANTASTIC!!
Date published: 2009-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This last segment to the series was great! I rather enjoyed reading it. The characters seemed very real and it was to relate to them. I would recommened this novel for others to read. I would recommened Cassandra Clare to other readers!
Date published: 2009-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh My Heavens!!!... *****Spoiler Alert***** .... I LOVED this book! I mean, wow, it was a great end to the saga! This serie was always one of my favorites and the ending was just simply fabulous. I loved that Clary and Jace are not really brother and sister.... I always had a feeling they weren't but who knows what the author's wishes are? lol. I also like Sebastian's character alot too, it was a great twist there. I would DEFINITELY recommend this novel to anyone. It is too beautiful to be missed out :) Happy Reading =)
Date published: 2009-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. She is one of my favourite authors and this book was my favourite out of the series. She is amazing and this book is absolutely riveting. I recommend it for anyone. You cannot not love this book.
Date published: 2009-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This series won't let you down! A great end to a great series. I loved this series and can't say how much it sucked me in beginning to end. The characters were amazing ( especially Magnus to love him!) I recommend this series to everyone who loves the paranormal world...actually even if you don't care for vampires and all that i still think you should give it a try.
Date published: 2009-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic!!!! I have to say, that after reading the Twilight serie, my hope were high. I absolutly love the first and second book and wait a long time to read the final three. The third is a bit long and have to many dialogue for me, but Clary and Jace keep us to the story. I was amaze about the end, since I was imagining something very different. I'm sad it's already finish cause I would have read plenty of other books in this serie. I will definitely recommend the book to my friends!!!
Date published: 2009-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ! this was a good book. the writing, at points, leaves something to be desired, but i couldn't put it down. i love jace the most! so many twists i almost couldn't keep track. a great action/fantasy/romance book that is a satisfying ending to a great series.
Date published: 2009-04-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay. After finishing this series last night, I still don’t know if I liked it or if I was slightly disturbed by one of the major plot-lines. I understand a writers need for freedom of speech, that said I have a slight problem with the “issues”surrounding Jace & Clary. This series is a young adult series (14+), and I think thats what bothers me most as I think some of the content is adult only. In the same token I was rooting for them, which kinda creeped me out. Cassandra Clare’s writing is fantastic, aside from the Jace/Clary plot. She writes with such vision that you feel as if you are in the City of Glass watching the events of the story unfold. I suggest adult readers check it out, because it’s such a switch from the normal paranormal book you pick up. Read more at
Date published: 2009-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! I read this book in less than two days, best in the series! Satisfying conclusion. The author kept throwing twists and suspence constantly, never a dull moment. Loved this book/series!
Date published: 2009-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning End to a Fantastic Trilogy This series is like a mix of Twilight and Harry Potter, only better! Great twists and turns throughout the whole series. I love how complex and how many levels there are to each character! Stayed up till 3:30am reading it last night! I promise you will not be disapointed, and will look forward to any future works this author is to put out!
Date published: 2009-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good 3rd book of the Mortal Instruments Series I loved this book. I thought that it was probably the best book in the series. I dont think that the actual style of writing is as good as other authors, but these books are very entertaining. They are some of my favorite books. Just when you go from reading a book by Vhritopher Paolini or Alison Croggon,, you notice the difference. They combine everything that people was to read about, and have a different idea too!! Plus its teen rated but i think people of most ages would like them, All together, I LOVED this book and would reccomend it to everyone!!
Date published: 2009-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from City of Glass This series is BEYOND Twilight by far. it shouldn't even be compared to Twilight. An amzing. adventurous, and captivating series.
Date published: 2009-04-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Don't shoot me, but I only liked it Seems kind of pointless to write a review for a book that already has 34 reviews, but since every single one of them was some variation of 'omigod it was the greatest book ever, like totally!' I thought that maybe a voice of moderation was needed. Don't get me wrong....I LIKED THE BOOK. In fact, obviously, I liked the whole series enough that I didn't wait for this book to come out in soft cover and instead bought the hardcover as soon as it was released. Clare definitely delivers a satisfying conclusion to this series. The story is an interesting take on angels and demons. Written for the younger adult audience, it is tame enough to let your pre-teen read. The plot moves along nicely paced and the characters are well-developed and certainly likeable. Unfortunately, although the plot is well developed, Clare also feels the need to foreshadow every major revelation so that we have guessed the answer to every question before she actually reveals it. It's kind of like peeking at all your presents when they are still hidden in your mom's closet and then having to pretend you are surprised when you open them on Christmas. Maybe it's because these books are written for a younger audience that Clare feels the need to walk the reader through everything practically pointing out with less than subtles hints what is to come. She does do a great job at tying up all lose ends. No question is left unanswered. There is even a blatant hint that there could be more to in 'they never found his body." Yeah right, like that's subtle. Don't worry Jace, I have my doubts too.
Date published: 2009-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Book to Praise Man oh man, what can i say.... Just read them, these books are incredible. Cassandra Clare captivates you from page 1, with Clary's love, Jace's heart, Simon's wit and Izabella's strength. When you read these books you seem to go in Clary's shoes, you feel her love, power, fear, and strength, making you want to live in her world. You can see Jace's unmarkable love for Clary that drives you insane (in a good way). These books not only entertain you, make you laugh or entrigue you, it shows you that love could be your destiny.
Date published: 2009-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Novel to Bring You to Your Knees Cassandra Clare, captured millions of readers attentions in City of Bones igniting an interest in the modern day, yet mythical ideas of the fairy world in a way that a reader could believe, that things like this might truly be real. In City of Ashes she spiked a fire in her readers, and in this final installment of the mortal instrument trilogy, Cassandra Clare will bring her readers to a whole new level. With Simon a vampire, Jace her brother, Luke a werewolf and Her mother still in a coma , Clary has more to deal with then her rampaging, murderer of a father Valentine, she must overcome her own emotions and figure out what her strange new powers could possibly mean. However will her feelings towards Jace, cost her more than heartbreak?
Date published: 2009-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A modern story for every believer in magic! I can not really sum up just how amazing these books are, and I am sure I speek for all the fans of City of Bones and City of Ashes when I say the wait was agony. Well, City of Glass is WELL WORTH THE WAIT! I first picked up the books because Libba Bray had said they were amazing and she was right. The story raps up perfectly in City of Glass, you see alot of growth in all of the characters, (Simon redeems himself quite well) They bring in a few new characters to spice things up. The book was everything I was hoping for and more. So many twists and also so many things that just HAD to be. Perfect balance Clare. Male, or Female, if you haven't started the Mortal Insruments and are waiting for some reason (I cannot think of any) then get out there please! and make me proud :) Anyone can read these books they are amazing. Action, Drama, Romance, Fantasy, evil lords, demons.Its got it all. *SPOILERS* *SPOILERS* *SPOILERS* *SPOILERS* *SPOILERS* I love the way Clary and Jace finally are together, and when the two are with Valentine and he does the unthinkable I was cursing him to the bottom of hell. But hey its all good in the end. I ADORE alec and Magnus, haha they are so cute and hilarious. My final thought for you all..... READ IT!!! Oh and its better then Twilight!
Date published: 2009-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perfect Ending to a Perfect Trilogy The Mortal Instruments are in fact my favourite books. Way past the Twilight Saga which was great up until Breaking Dawn... Unlike Stephenie Meyer, Cassandra Clare didn't go insane when writing her last book. Even though some events were questionable, they worked with the story and once you went with it, it made a lot of sense. As disappointed as I was when it ended, I couldn't have asked for a better ending. Great job Cassandra!!!!! Can't wait for The Infernal Devices!
Date published: 2009-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This book is a great read. Just like the other two books, it takes you to a world that you never want to leave. It's everything you could want in a book. This trilogy is right up there with Twilight and Harry Potter books.
Date published: 2009-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Okay, I like the Mortal Instruments series wayyyy better than I like Twilight now. **Spoilers** I freaking LOVE this book!! Before reading this, I already had a thought that Sebastian was Clary's real brother, and Jace was someone else's son. And when Clary first met Seb and said that she recognized him, I knew right away that it was true. But I had NEVER thought that Seb was actually a spy for Valentine. I mean, he seemed so NICE!! And Alec and Magnus are so cute together! I couldn't stop laughing at the part where Alec kissed Magnus and Maryse kept staring with her mouth opened. And I was in class too! People were staring at me funny. LOL And the battle scenes were so great! Cassandra Clare is so descriptive in her writing, and I can visualize everything! I also loved the ending, when Jace and Clary found out that they weren't really related (btw, loved the whole thing about Jonathan and Jace being two different people; NEVER expected that either!!). The story flowed so smoothly and it was perfect!! Am I going to read the Infernal Devices when they're out? HELL YEAH!! LOVE YOU CASSANDRA CLARE!!! xDD
Date published: 2009-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection This book was a roller coaster of emotions that always kept you guessing and doubting your own assumptions/guesses. It was the perfect ending to this amazing series. Cassandra is a brilliant writer and i highly recommend this book and this series to any fantasy lover or anyone who is looking for a good read. I hope to see more amazing work from her. This book had just the right balance between action, love, hate, surprises and twists. there was moments where it was clear what would happen and it was also had its many many moments that left you utterly stumped. This book had my eyes glued to it any moment i could free for two days straight. This series probably ranks higher on my list of amazing books then twilight and that's saying something!!
Date published: 2009-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fantastic Conclusion to The Series This is the the final installment of The Mortal Instruments series by a fantastic author Cassandra Clare. Clary has had a rough few weeks. Her mother is in a magical coma. She has found out she is a Shadowhunter with special talents. Her best friend Simon has been turned into a vampire. She's found out that the boy she has a crush on, Jace, is actually her brother and the father (Valentine) that she never knew is trying to take over the Shadow world in which she is a part. Clary has to travel to the City of Glass, home of the Shadowhunters to help in the fight to save her mom, her friends, the city and the Shadowhunters and Downworlders who have joined the fight against Valentine. Cassandra Clare has a great flair for writing and she draws you into these characters where you are routing for them for hoping they don't succeed in their mission. This series is fantastic and I can't recommended it enough. I'm not in the target audience for this book (a decade or more older than what's intended) but I can highly recommend it to age groups over 16
Date published: 2009-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nicely Wrapped Up As the last book in The Mortal Instruments Trilogy by Cassandra Clare, we saw the loose ends of the previous two books wrapped up nicely. Both Clary and Jace grow up a lot in this book, understanding who they are as individuals and what they want. The book reads very quickly with lots of little twists and turns that leave you wondering - well are they or aren't they brother and sister. You do find out though... We also meet a couple of new characters, each bringing their attitude/charisma to the plot. All in all, a great wrap up to the trilogy and hopefully Clare may find some more use for these wonderful characters in the future.
Date published: 2009-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect and Loved It!!! After waiting what seemed like forever for the book to finally come out, I was so happy (*understatement) when the book was finally released. This series is one of my all time favourites. The book surpassed every expectation I had and there was no way of putting the book down once I got started. I can't say anything bad about it. It was predictable yet also unpredictable at the same time. The action was none stop and all of our questions were answered. By the time the final showdown occurs against Valentine, you'll be left breathless after everything that has happened and all that you've learned. I won't say anything else plot-wise, but all I can say is that you won't be disappointed. Intense at times, heartbreaking at others, the book has your full attention from start to finish. When I realized it was finished, I was sad... sad that it was the last book. If there was any better way to end The Mortal Instruments trilogy, I can't think of anything. That's how good it was.
Date published: 2009-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sad to see it end This is my favorite trilogy of all urban fantasies out there. Everything came to full circle in this final book and I was dissapointed that it ended. I personally feel Cassandra Clare should have written a 4th book to end it. There are characters that I wanted to hear more about and some other things that I wanted to see happen that didn't. Overall, this was really good and I'll miss all these characters. Some things were predictable however that didn't bother me because it was still a good read.
Date published: 2009-03-30
Date published: 2009-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The End I really didn't want this series to end, but I guess it was inevitable... Anyway, the last book in the Mortal Instruments Trilogy, "City of Glass" by Cassandra Clare, was a great way to end it. It managed to tie up all the loose ends but concluded with the sense that the story would continue even though we readers may not be able to witness it firsthand. There was plenty of action, humour, intense drama, and of course the forbidden relationship between Jace and Clary. I think this book made me love each character even more, especially Simon! However, I can't shake the feeling that this book didn't quite live up to my expectations, but maybe that's because they were so high. Something just seemed to be a little off. It might have been the fact that it hardly took place in New York City, which I missed greatly since the setting contribued a lot to the tone of the other two books. Even so, reading about Idris was interesting. Overall, this novel was great to read, and I really am sad that the series is over. I guess I'll just have to look forward to the prequels that are coming out...
Date published: 2009-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will Leave You Satisfied! Just like everyone else, I've been anticipating reading City of Glass, and finally finding out what would happen to Jace, Clary and co. After all the anticipation, this book did not disappoint! City of Glass has by far one of the most satisfying endings to a series/trilogy! It tied up all the loose ends and the author gave you what you wanted but not in a way that made it unbelievable. It wasn't so happy that it was unrealistic...there were happy moments and sad moments and terrifying moments and the ending was bittersweet (but for the most part sweet). I am so happy with the way everything came together. I love this trilogy, because at first glance it seems so juveline, something any teenage girl would read simply to drool over the hot male characters, or squeal over the romance and so on but these books are about so much more than that. The main characters are so honest and realistic and they have flaws but they still try so hard to be the best that they can be. This book has taught me things about myself. It's also taught me things about human nature and life. Philosophical life lessons are not usually what you expect from a YA fantasy novel which is just another reason to never judge a book by its cover. Overall, it exceeded my expectations and then some. I recommend the Mortal Instruments Trilogy to anyone (male or female) whose interested in strong and realistic characters, romance, magic, the supernatural, and a plot that will leave you on the edge of your seat. If you haven't read City of Glass yet, what are you waiting for? If you haven't started the Mortal Instruments Trilogy yet, get started now! You will not regret it!
Date published: 2009-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BLEPDAMEFILem!! o_o I'll make this quick, because I'm about to start foaming at the mouth. This book was WONDERFUL!! All the loose ends where tied up and this book went to smoothly, it was the perfect finish to the series!! AHHH!! Read it! Read the Mortal Instruments Series!!! READ IT NOW!!!!
Date published: 2009-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FAN-FLIPPIN-TASTIC - A MUST READ! Now i won't give any concrete details about what happens in this book because A) i refuse to give anything away to a dedicated Mortal Instruments reader and B) If you haven't started the series yet - close this browser got to your nearest book store, and buy City of Bones NOW!!! What an AMAZING conclusion to the trilogy. All questions were answered, and all the results i wanted came into full fruition. Although bummed i wont be able to read on the lives of Clary, Jace, and so on, i am now super excited about the new series The Infernal Devices that she has penned for release in 2010 that is placed 140 years before in England! I have really enjoyed Clare's writing and look forward to more! The characters, new and old are still amazing. There is a loss in the book that is hard on the readers without a doubt. I caught myself laughing, tearing up, and feeling my heart skip a beat for some of the more intense scenes. What else can i say without ruining it. Their trip to Alicante in Idris (city of glass) is one to remember and it really brings forth every emotion that a reader needs when sucked in by an incredible adventure. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK OR START THE SERIES. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!!! ENJOY!!!
Date published: 2009-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Mind blowing. I really was excited to get a chance to relive the characters, because they took me back to a time that I first met them - a time in my life that was, needless to say, better than now. However, the suspense was horrifying (in a good way). And probably, like a lot of you that have read, or will read this book i KNEW IT WAS SEBASTION. :)
Date published: 2009-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 million thumbs up! OMG! I absolutely loved this book! it was fantastic! mene mene tekel upharsin; this is one of my favorite lines in the book becuase it not only ended the war between good and evil but it killed an enemy. "This is no pretending" Jace said, with clarity "I love you, and will love you until i die, and if i live another life after that, i'll still love you"
Date published: 2009-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cassandra Clare NEW Favorite writer!! City of Glass keeps you spellbound and wanting more but satisfied that the story has been wrapped up. City of Glass is an amazing ending to a wonderful series. Mortal Instruments is a beautifully written series that will keep the reader enthralled through out the series. Cassandra Clare's storytelling is intricate and vivid, this book ~~ series is a must read for Fantasy lit fans!!
Date published: 2009-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best and Most Noteworthy Fantasies This utterly stunning story is a masterpiece of some of the best modern fantasies out there. Cassandra Clare immerses you into the world with Clary, Jace and Simon. The last time I was this absorbed in a book it was two years ago and I was reading Twilight. This book outshines Twilight in many ways but as both books are amazing, they really can't be compared justly. I would recommend this book to anyone anywhere.
Date published: 2009-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Way To End A Trilogy the book was AMAZING in so many ways and there is no possible way anyone could put the book down. If you haven't read the first two books in the trilogy, DO IT NOW!!! City of Glass answered any questions that their were from City of Bones and City of Ashes and ended on a high note. Cassandra Clare has written an exceptionally great book and keeps your mind guessing by switching between characters at that perfect moment. *Spoiler* the Valentine showdown with Clary and Jace by far one of the best moments in a book i've read in a long time.
Date published: 2009-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly brilliant Is there anything quite as satisfying as picking up a book you've been anticipating for a long, long time? I should think not. At the same time, however, it is nerve-wracking, because what if the book you envisioned--the ending that was MEANT to happen, the two characters that you knew were MEANT for each other to fall in love--is really not the book that you end up with in your hands? Obviously, no book will ever be EXACTLY as you imagined it, but... What if your expectations are brutally destroyed, yanked out of your heart, stomped on, torn into itty-bitty pieces and then set on fire? Ouch. If you have ever experienced this, then I am absolutely ECSTATIC to be the one tell you that this will NOT HAPPEN with City of Glass. Clearly, my vision of the book was not the same as any of yours. But as I sprinted out of school (before the bell rang, even) to get to Chapters and pick up the book, I knew that it would take very little to mess up my perception of the series hereafter. So I sat down on the train home and started. I kept reading as I walked home, and then all the way until 11 pm when I fell asleep from exhaustion. I finished it the next morning in math class. It was beautiful: magnificently written, entrancing, alternatively side-splitting and heartbreaking, full of tension, mystery, and Magnus Bane (hands down my favourite book character of all-time). It picks up right where it left off in City of Ashes: Clary has just met Madeleine, who has promised to help wake Clary's mother up by going to Idris with her and finding the warlock with the appropriate spell. Jace, however, is completely against the idea of her going to the Shadowhunter homeland--he claims it is too dangerous for her. But she decides to take her life into her own hands when Jace, the Lightwoods, and (unbeknownst to her) Simon flee to Idris after a Forsaken attack. That is all I will say of the plot. I've told everyone who will listen that this book is one of the best series finales I have read in my [albeit short] life. Everything comes together in such a way that it is impossible not to be satisfied. (Note that I didn't say HAPPY or SAD--satisfied. That is all I will say.) I strongly, strongly recommend this book and this series. It is guaranteed to be one of the best reads you'll ever have.
Date published: 2009-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Loved every moment of this book!" [: SOME SPOILERS! :] Went right after school yesterday to pick it up; I couldn't put it down! The book just dragged me in! I loved every moment of this! The connection between Jace and Clary was just so cute! I thought they were amazing characters! Both very strong and brave! I cant really say much for this review (Dont wanna spoil anything cues its still new D: ) But the out comes during the book kept me reading till the very end! So sad to see it end though :( I RECOMMEND THESE BOOKS !! ^_^
Date published: 2009-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever One of the best written books I have read in the last 10 years. A fantastic way to wrap up the series. The more I read about Clary and Jace and all the others, the more I prefer this series to Twilight. I love how strong Clary is and how capable she is. An excellent role model for young girls. I can't wait to read more from this author.
Date published: 2009-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMFG! 21 DAIIS! OMG!OMG!OMG!!! I just read a review from one of the ARC winners! and OMG!!! I CANNOT WAIT FOR IT ANY LONGER! I AM DYINGG!!! UGHHH! this is SOOOOOOO frustrating!!!! This is worse then when i had to wait a stupid year and a half for breaking dawnn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (btw, if any ARC winners are readin this... I AM SOO JEALOUSS!:P) aha this book is supposed to have one of the best endings........IM SOOO EXCITEDD!!!:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D Anyone going to Cassandra's book signing in toronto in April?????lol:P
Date published: 2009-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cannot wait!! I don't know if anyone else really caught this in City of Ashes but when Jace and Imogen (the Inquisitor) are on Valentine's ship together she starts to speak of Jaces's scar on his shoulder and then says something of Jace growing up thinking that he was Jace Wayland etc. I don't think that he is really Valentine's son. I think that he may actually be Jace Wayland, because the Inquisitor seemed to be onto something before she was killed. Anyways I hope that this is the case because I really want Jace and Clary to be together :)
Date published: 2009-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cant wait!!!! omyyygoooodnneeeessS! i cannot wait for this book! its gonna be like the awsomest book ever! lol i hope march 24 comes sooonerrrrrr! :) :) :)
Date published: 2009-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CANT WAITTT march 24 will be the best day of my life. This book is what ive been waiting forrr!!! Can't contain my excitement! Wish it could come out today or tomorrow. or sooner!!!
Date published: 2008-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! omg it was sooo good!!!!
Date published: 2008-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Omigosh... Omigosh...OHmigosh....OH MY GOSH....Omigosh it's SIMON!!
Date published: 2008-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Excited! I'm so excited to know what happens in the finale to the Mortal Instruments trilogy! I absolutely loved the first two novels and I'm sure to love the third one. It has everything I love: supernatural elements such as shadowhunters (demon hunters), vampires, warlocks, faeries, etc; a little bit of romance; hot characters who know how to kick butt and way too much more than I can say. How can anyone not like this stuff? This trilogy is one that, unlike Breaking Dawn, it will build up and end with a great battle. There's always so much action going on and the author is not afraid to get rid of some characters to mix it up. City of Glass is sure to not disappoint (I hope I won't later bite my words for this) and I'm sure that there are still many surprises to come and answers to be given that weren't solved in City of Ashes. For people like me who couldn't wait so long for a glimpse, check out the first chapter called "The Portal": (this is the exact site for the first chapter. Hope you like it... it's really good!) For some really good (but really short) excerpts from City of Glass, check out Cassandra Clare's MySpace blog where almost every month, she has given something that's just left me begging for more. I can't wait until the book finally comes out!!! ^_^
Date published: 2008-09-15

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City of Glass 1THE PORTAL The cold snap of the previous week was over; the sun was shining brightly as Clary hurried across Luke’s dusty front yard, the hood of her jacket up to keep her hair from blowing across her face. The weather might have warmed up, but the wind off the East River could still be brutal. It carried with it a faint chemical smell, mixed with the Brooklyn smell of asphalt, gasoline, and burned sugar from the abandoned factory down the street. Simon was waiting for her on the front porch, sprawled in a broken-springed armchair. He had his DS balanced on his blue-jeaned knees and was poking away at it industriously with the stylus. “Score,” he said as she came up the steps. “I’m kicking butt at Mario Kart.” Clary pushed her hood back, shaking hair out of her eyes, and rummaged in her pocket for her keys. “Where have you been? I’ve been calling you all morning.” Simon got to his feet, shoving the blinking rectangle into his messenger bag. “I was at Eric’s. Band practice.” Clary stopped jiggling the key in the lock—it always stuck—long enough to frown at him. “Band practice? You mean you’re still—” “In the band? Why wouldn’t I be?” He reached around her. “Here, let me do it.” Clary stood still while Simon expertly twisted the key with just the right amount of pressure, making the stubborn old lock spring open. His hand brushed hers; his skin was cool, the temperature of the air outside. She shivered a little. They’d only called off their attempt at a romantic relationship last week, and she still felt confused whenever she saw him. “Thanks.” She took the key back without looking at him. It was hot in the living room. Clary hung her jacket up on the peg inside the front hall and headed to the spare bedroom, Simon trailing in her wake. She frowned. Her suitcase was open like a clamshell on the bed, her clothes and sketchbooks strewn everywhere. “I thought you were just going to be in Idris a couple of days,” Simon said, taking in the mess with a look of faint dismay. “I am, but I can’t figure out what to pack. I hardly own any dresses or skirts, but what if I can’t wear pants there?” “Why wouldn’t you be able to wear pants there? It’s another country, not another century.” “But the Shadowhunters are so old-fashioned, and Isabelle always wears dresses—” Clary broke off and sighed. “It’s nothing. I’m just projecting all my anxiety about my mom onto my wardrobe. Let’s talk about something else. How was practice? Still no band name?” “It was fine.” Simon hopped onto the desk, legs dangling over the side. “We’re considering a new motto. Something ironic, like ‘We’ve seen a million faces and rocked about eighty percent of them.’” “Have you told Eric and the rest of them that—” “That I’m a vampire? No. It isn’t the sort of thing you just drop into casual conversation.” “Maybe not, but they’re your friends. They should know. And besides, they’ll just think it makes you more of a rock god, like that vampire Lester.” “Lestat,” Simon said. “That would be the vampire Lestat. And he’s fictional. Anyway, I don’t see you running to tell all your friends that you’re a Shadowhunter.” “What friends? You’re my friend.” She threw herself down onto the bed and looked up at Simon. “And I told you, didn’t I?” “Because you had no choice.” Simon put his head to the side, studying her; the bedside light reflected off his eyes, turning them silver. “I’ll miss you while you’re gone.” “I’ll miss you, too,” Clary said, although her skin was prickling all over with a nervous anticipation that made it hard to concentrate. I’m going to Idris! her mind sang. I’ll see the Shadow-hunter home country, the City of Glass. I’ll save my mother. And I’ll be with Jace. Simon’s eyes flashed as if he could hear her thoughts, but his voice was soft. “Tell me again—why do you have to go to Idris? Why can’t Madeleine and Luke take care of this without you?” “My mom got the spell that put her in this state from a warlock—Ragnor Fell. Madeleine says we need to track him down if we want to know how to reverse the spell. But he doesn’t know Madeleine. He knew my mom, and Madeleine thinks he’ll trust me because I look so much like her. And Luke can’t come with me. He could come to Idris, but apparently he can’t get into Alicante without permission from the Clave, and they won’t give it. And don’t say anything about it to him, please—he’s really not happy about not going with me. If he hadn’t known Madeleine before, I don’t think he’d let me go at all.” “But the Lightwoods will be there too. And Jace. They’ll be helping you. I mean, Jace did say he’d help you, didn’t he? He doesn’t mind you coming along?” “Sure, he’ll help me,” Clary said. “And of course he doesn’t mind. He’s fine with it.” But that, she knew, was a lie. * * * Clary had gone straight to the Institute after she’d talked to Madeleine at the hospital. Jace had been the first one she’d told her mother’s secret to, before even Luke. And he’d stood there and stared at her, getting paler and paler as she spoke, as if she weren’t so much telling him how she could save her mother as draining the blood out of him with cruel slowness. “You’re not going,” he said as soon as she’d finished. “If I have to tie you up and sit on you until this insane whim of yours passes, you are not going to Idris.” Clary felt as if he’d slapped her. She had thought he’d be pleased. She’d run all the way from the hospital to the Institute to tell him, and here he was standing in the entryway glaring at her with a look of grim death. “But you’re going.” “Yes, we’re going. We have to go. The Clave’s called every active Clave member who can be spared back to Idris for a massive Council meeting. They’re going to vote on what to do about Valentine, and since we’re the last people who’ve seen him—” Clary brushed this aside. “So if you’re going, why can’t I go with you?” The straightforwardness of the question seemed to make him even angrier. “Because it isn’t safe for you there.” “Oh, and it’s so safe here? I’ve nearly been killed a dozen times in the past month, and every time it’s been right here in New York.” “That’s because Valentine’s been concentrating on the two Mortal Instruments that were here.” Jace spoke through gritted teeth. “He’s going to shift his focus to Idris now, we all know it—” “We’re hardly as certain of anything as all that,” said Maryse Lightwood. She had been standing in the shadow of the corridor doorway, unseen by either of them; she moved forward now, into the harsh entryway lights. They illuminated the lines of exhaustion that seemed to draw her face down. Her husband, Robert Lightwood, had been injured by demon poison during the battle last week and had needed constant nursing since; Clary could only imagine how tired she must be. “And the Clave wants to meet Clarissa. You know that, Jace.” “The Clave can screw itself.” “Jace,” Maryse said, sounding genuinely parental for a change. “Language.” “The Clave wants a lot of things,” Jace amended. “It shouldn’t necessarily get them all.” Maryse shot him a look, as if she knew exactly what he was talking about and didn’t appreciate it. “The Clave is often right, Jace. It’s not unreasonable for them to want to talk to Clary, after what she’s been through. What she could tell them—” “I’ll tell them whatever they want to know,” Jace said. Maryse sighed and turned her blue eyes on Clary. “So you want to go to Idris, I take it?” “Just for a few days. I won’t be any trouble,” Clary said, gazing entreatingly past Jace’s white-hot glare at Maryse. “I swear.” “The question isn’t whether you’ll be any trouble; the question is whether you’ll be willing to meet with the Clave while you’re there. They want to talk to you. If you say no, I doubt we can get the authorization to bring you with us.” “No—,” Jace began. “I’ll meet with the Clave,” Clary interrupted, though the thought sent a ripple of cold down her spine. The only emissary of the Clave she’d known so far was the Inquisitor, who hadn’t exactly been pleasant to be around. Maryse rubbed at her temples with her fingertips. “Then it’s settled.” She didn’t sound settled, though; she sounded as tense and fragile as an overtightened violin string. “Jace, show Clary out and then come see me in the library. I need to talk to you.” She disappeared back into the shadows without even a word of farewell. Clary stared after her, feeling as if she’d just been drenched with ice water. Alec and Isabelle seemed genuinely fond of their mother, and she was sure Maryse wasn’t a bad person, really, but she wasn’t exactly warm. Jace’s mouth was a hard line. “Now look what you’ve done.” “I need to go to Idris, even if you can’t understand why,” Clary said. “I need to do this for my mother.” “Maryse trusts the Clave too much,” said Jace. “She has to believe they’re perfect, and I can’t tell her they aren’t, because—” He stopped abruptly. “Because that’s something Valentine would say.” She expected an explosion, but “No one is perfect” was all he said. He reached out and stabbed at the elevator button with his index finger. “Not even the Clave.” Clary crossed her arms over her chest. “Is that really why you don’t want me to come? Because it isn’t safe?” A flicker of surprise crossed his face. “What do you mean? Why else wouldn’t I want you to come?” She swallowed. “Because—” Because you told me you don’t have feelings for me anymore, and you see, that’s very awkward, because I still have them for you. And I bet you know it. “Because I don’t want my little sister following me everywhere?” There was a sharp note in his voice, half mockery, half something else. The elevator arrived with a clatter. Pushing the gate aside, Clary stepped into it and turned to face Jace. “I’m not going because you’ll be there. I’m going because I want to help my mother. Our mother. I have to help her. Don’t you get it? If I don’t do this, she might never wake up. You could at least pretend you care a little bit.” Jace put his hands on her shoulders, his fingertips brushing the bare skin at the edge of her collar, sending pointless, helpless shivers through her nerves. There were shadows below his eyes, Clary noticed without wanting to, and dark hollows under his cheekbones. The black sweater he was wearing only made his bruise-marked skin stand out more, and the dark lashes, too; he was a study in contrasts, something to be painted in shades of black, white, and gray, with splashes of gold here and there, like his eyes, for an accent color— “Let me do it.” His voice was soft, urgent. “I can help her for you. Tell me where to go, who to ask. I’ll get what you need.” “Madeleine told the warlock I’d be the one coming. He’ll be expecting Jocelyn’s daughter, not Jocelyn’s son.” Jace’s hands tightened on her shoulders. “So tell her there was a change of plans. I’ll be going, not you. Not you.” “Jace—” “I’ll do whatever,” he said. “Whatever you want, if you promise to stay here.” “I can’t.” He let go of her, as if she’d pushed him away. “Why not?” “Because,” she said, “she’s my mother, Jace.” “And mine.” His voice was cold. “In fact, why didn’t Madeleine approach both of us about this? Why just you?” “You know why.” “Because,” he said, and this time he sounded even colder, “to her you’re Jocelyn’s daughter. But I’ll always be Valentine’s son.” He slammed the gate shut between them. For a moment she stared at him through it—the mesh of the gate divided up his face into a series of diamond shapes, outlined in metal. A single golden eye stared at her through one diamond, furious anger flickering in its depths. “Jace—,” she began. But with a jerk and a clatter, the elevator was already moving, carrying her down into the dark silence of the cathedral. * * * “Earth to Clary.” Simon waved his hands at her. “You awake?” “Yeah, sorry.” She sat up, shaking her head to clear it of cobwebs. That had been the last time she’d seen Jace. He hadn’t picked up the phone when she’d called him afterward, so she’d made all her plans to travel to Idris with the Lightwoods using Alec as reluctant and embarrassed point person. Poor Alec, stuck between Jace and his mother, always trying to do the right thing. “Did you say something?” “Just that I think Luke is back,” Simon said, and jumped off the desk just as the bedroom door opened. “And he is.” “Hey, Simon.” Luke sounded calm, maybe a little tired—he was wearing a battered denim jacket, a flannel shirt, and old cords tucked into boots that looked like they’d seen their best days ten years ago. His glasses were pushed up into his brown hair, which seemed flecked with more gray now than Clary remembered. There was a square package under his arm, tied with a length of green ribbon. He held it out to Clary. “I got you something for your trip.” “You didn’t have to do that!” Clary protested. “You’ve done so much. . . .” She thought of the clothes he’d bought her after everything she owned had been destroyed. He’d given her a new phone, new art supplies, without ever having to be asked. Almost everything she owned now was a gift from Luke. And you don’t even approve of the fact that I’m going. That last thought hung unspoken between them. “I know. But I saw it, and I thought of you.” He handed over the box. The object inside was swathed in layers of tissue paper. Clary tore through it, her hand seizing on something soft as kitten’s fur. She gave a little gasp. It was a bottle-green velvet coat, old-fashioned, with a gold silk lining, brass buttons, and a wide hood. She drew it onto her lap, smoothing her hands lovingly down the soft material. “It looks like something Isabelle would wear,” she exclaimed. “Like a Shadowhunter traveling cloak.” “Exactly. Now you’ll be dressed more like one of them,” Luke said. “When you’re in Idris.” She looked up at him. “Do you want me to look like one of them?” “Clary, you are one of them.” His smile was tinged with sadness. “Besides, you know how they treat outsiders. Anything you can do to fit in . . .” Simon made an odd noise, and Clary looked guiltily at him—she’d almost forgotten he was there. He was looking studiously at his watch. “I should go.” “But you just got here!” Clary protested. “I thought we could hang out, watch a movie or something—” “You need to pack.” Simon smiled, bright as sunshine after rain. She could almost believe there was nothing bothering him. “I’ll come by later to say good-bye before you go.” “Oh, come on,” Clary protested. “Stay—” “I can’t.” His tone was final. “I’m meeting Maia.” “Oh. Great,” Clary said. Maia, she told herself, was nice. She was smart. She was pretty. She was also a werewolf. A werewolf with a crush on Simon. But maybe that was as it should be. Maybe his new friend should be a Downworlder. After all, he was a Downworlder himself now. Technically, he shouldn’t even be spending time with Shadowhunters like Clary. “I guess you’d better go, then.” “I guess I’d better.” Simon’s dark eyes were unreadable. This was new—she’d always been able to read Simon before. She wondered if it was a side effect of the vampirism, or something else entirely. “Good-bye,” he said, and bent as if to kiss her on the cheek, sweeping her hair back with one of his hands. Then he paused and drew back, his expression uncertain. She frowned in surprise, but he was already gone, brushing past Luke in the doorway. She heard the front door bang in the distance. “He’s acting so weird,” she exclaimed, hugging the velvet coat against herself for reassurance. “Do you think it’s the whole vampire thing?” “Probably not.” Luke looked faintly amused. “Becoming a Downworlder doesn’t change the way you feel about things. Or people. Give him time. You did break up with him.” “I did not. He broke up with me.” “Because you weren’t in love with him. That’s an iffy proposition, and I think he’s handling it with grace. A lot of teenage boys would sulk, or lurk around under your window with a boom box.” “No one has a boom box anymore. That was the eighties.” Clary scrambled off the bed, pulling the coat on. She buttoned it up to the neck, luxuriating in the soft feel of the velvet. “I just want Simon to go back to normal.” She glanced at herself in the mirror and was pleasantly surprised—the green made her red hair stand out and brightened the color of her eyes. She turned to Luke. “What do you think?” He was leaning in the doorway with his hands in his pockets; a shadow passed over his face as he looked at her. “Your mother had a coat just like that when she was your age,” was all he said. Clary clutched the cuffs of the coat, digging her fingers into the soft pile. The mention of her mother, mixed with the sadness in his expression, was making her want to cry. “We’re going to see her later today, right?” she asked. “I want to say good-bye before I go, and tell her—tell her what I’m doing. That she’s going to be okay.” Luke nodded. “We’ll visit the hospital later today. And, Clary?” “What?” She almost didn’t want to look at him, but to her relief, when she did, the sadness was gone from his eyes. He smiled. “Normal isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.” * * * Simon glanced down at the paper in his hand and then at the cathedral, his eyes slitted against the afternoon sun. The Institute rose up against the high blue sky, a slab of granite windowed with pointed arches and surrounded by a high stone wall. Gargoyle faces leered down from its cornices, as if daring him to approach the front door. It didn’t look anything like it had the first time he had ever seen it, disguised as a run-down ruin, but then glamours didn’t work on Downworlders. You don’t belong here. The words were harsh, sharp as acid; Simon wasn’t sure if it was the gargoyle speaking or the voice in his own mind. This is a church, and you are damned. “Shut up,” he muttered halfheartedly. “Besides, I don’t care about churches. I’m Jewish.” There was a filigreed iron gate set into the stone wall. Simon put his hand to the latch, half-expecting his skin to sear with pain, but nothing happened. Apparently the gate itself wasn’t particularly holy. He pushed it open and was halfway up the cracked stonework path to the front door when he heard voices—several of them, and familiar—nearby. Or maybe not that nearby. He had nearly forgotten how much his hearing, like his sight, had sharpened since he’d been Turned. It sounded as if the voices were just over his shoulder, but as he followed a narrow path around the side of the Institute, he saw that the people were standing quite a distance away, at the far end of the grounds. The grass grew wild here, half-covering the branching paths that led among what had probably once been neatly arranged rosebushes. There was even a stone bench, webbed with green weeds; this had been a real church once, before the Shadowhunters had taken it over. He saw Magnus first, leaning against a mossy stone wall. It was hard to miss Magnus—he was wearing a splash-painted white T-shirt over rainbow leather trousers. He stood out like a hothouse orchid, surrounded by the black-clad Shadowhunters: Alec, looking pale and uncomfortable; Isabelle, her long black hair twisted into braids tied with silver ribbons, standing beside a little boy who had to be Max, the youngest. Nearby was their mother, looking like a taller, bonier version of her daughter, with the same long black hair. Beside her was a woman Simon didn’t know. At first Simon thought she was old, since her hair was nearly white, but then she turned to speak to Maryse and he saw that she probably wasn’t more than thirty-five or forty. And then there was Jace, standing off at a little distance, as if he didn’t quite belong. He was all in Shadowhunter black like the others. When Simon wore all black, he looked like he was on his way to a funeral, but Jace just looked tough and dangerous. And blonder. Simon felt his shoulders tighten and wondered if anything—time, or forgetfulness—would ever dilute his resentment of Jace. He didn’t want to feel it, but there it was, a stone weighting down his unbeating heart. Something seemed odd about the gathering—but then Jace turned toward him, as if sensing he was there, and Simon saw, even from this distance, the thin white scar on his throat, just above his collar. The resentment in his chest faded into something else. Jace dropped a small nod in his direction. “I’ll be right back,” he said to Maryse, in the sort of voice Simon would never have used with his own mother. He sounded like an adult talking to another adult. Maryse indicated her permission with a distracted wave. “I don’t see why it’s taking so long,” she was saying to Magnus. “Is that normal?” “What’s not normal is the discount I’m giving you.” Magnus tapped the heel of his boot against the wall. “Normally I charge twice this much.” “It’s only a temporary Portal. It just has to get us to Idris. And then I expect you to close it back up again. That is our agreement.” She turned to the woman at her side. “And you’ll remain here to witness that he does it, Madeleine?” Madeleine. So this was Jocelyn’s friend. There was no time to stare, though—Jace already had Simon by the arm and was dragging him around the side of the church, out of view of the others. It was even more weedy and overgrown back here, the path snaked with ropes of undergrowth. Jace pushed Simon behind a large oak tree and let go of him, darting his eyes around as if to make sure they hadn’t been followed. “It’s okay. We can talk here.” It was quieter back here certainly, the rush of traffic from York Avenue muffled behind the bulk of the Institute. “You’re the one who asked me here,” Simon pointed out. “I got your message stuck to my window when I woke up this morning. Don’t you ever use the phone like normal people?” “Not if I can avoid it, vampire,” said Jace. He was studying Simon thoughtfully, as if he were reading the pages of a book. Mingled in his expression were two conflicting emotions: a faint amazement and what looked to Simon like disappointment. “So it’s still true. You can walk in the sunlight. Even midday sun doesn’t burn you.” “Yes,” Simon said. “But you knew that—you were there.” He didn’t have to elaborate on what “there” meant; he could see in the other boy’s face that he remembered the river, the back of the truck, the sun rising over the water, Clary crying out. He remembered it just as well as Simon did. “I thought perhaps it might have worn off,” Jace said, but he didn’t sound as if he meant it. “If I feel the urge to burst into flames, I’ll let you know.” Simon never had much patience with Jace. “Look, did you ask me to come all the way uptown just so you could stare at me like I was something in a petri dish? Next time I’ll send you a photo.” “And I’ll frame it and put it on my nightstand,” said Jace, but he didn’t sound as if his heart were in the sarcasm. “Look, I asked you here for a reason. Much as I hate to admit it, vampire, we have something in common.” “Totally awesome hair?” Simon suggested, but his heart wasn’t really in it either. Something about the look on Jace’s face was making him increasingly uneasy. “Clary,” Jace said. Simon was caught off guard. “Clary?” “Clary,” Jace said again. “You know: short, redheaded, bad temper.” “I don’t see how Clary is something we have in common,” Simon said, although he did. Nevertheless, this wasn’t a conversation he particularly wanted to have with Jace now, or, in fact, ever. Wasn’t there some sort of manly code that precluded discussions like this—discussions about feelings? Apparently not. “We both care about her,” Jace stated, giving him a measured look. “She’s important to both of us. Right?” “You’re asking me if I care about her?” “Caring” seemed like a pretty insufficient word for it. He wondered if Jace was making fun of him—which seemed unusually cruel, even for Jace. Had Jace brought him over here just to mock him because it hadn’t worked out romantically between Clary and himself? Though Simon still had hope, at least a little, that things might change, that Jace and Clary would start to feel about each other the way they were supposed to, the way siblings were meant to feel about each other— He met Jace’s gaze and felt that little hope shrivel. The look on the other boy’s face wasn’t the look brothers got when they talked about their sisters. On the other hand, it was obvious Jace hadn’t brought him over here to mock him for his feelings; the misery Simon knew must be plainly written across his own features was mirrored in Jace’s eyes. “Don’t think I like asking you these questions,” Jace snapped. “I need to know what you’d do for Clary. Would you lie for her?” “Lie about what? What’s going on, anyway?” Simon realized what it was that had bothered him about the tableau of Shadowhunters in the garden. “Wait a second,” he said. “You’re leaving for Idris right now? Clary thinks you’re going tonight.” “I know,” Jace said. “And I need you to tell the others that Clary sent you here to say she wasn’t coming. Tell them she doesn’t want to go to Idris anymore.” There was an edge to his voice—something Simon barely recognized, or perhaps it was simply so strange coming from Jace that he couldn’t process it. Jace was pleading with him. “They’ll believe you. They know how . . . how close you two are.” Simon shook his head. “I can’t believe you. You act like you want me to do something for Clary, but actually you just want me to do something for you.” He started to turn away. “No deal.” Jace caught his arm, spinning him back around. “This is for Clary. I’m trying to protect her. I thought you’d be at least a little interested in helping me do that.” Simon looked pointedly at Jace’s hand where it clamped his upper arm. “How can I protect her if you don’t tell me what I’m protecting her from?” Jace didn’t let go. “Can’t you just trust me that this is important?” “You don’t understand how badly she wants to go to Idris,” Simon said. “If I’m going to keep that from happening, there had better be a damn good reason.” Jace exhaled slowly, reluctantly—and let go his grip on Simon’s arm. “What Clary did on Valentine’s ship,” he said, his voice low. “With the rune on the wall—the Rune of Opening—well, you saw what happened.” “She destroyed the ship,” said Simon. “Saved all our lives.” “Keep your voice down.” Jace glanced around anxiously. “You’re not saying no one else knows about that, are you?” Simon demanded in disbelief. “I know. You know. Luke knows and Magnus knows. No one else.” “What do they all think happened? The ship just opportunely came apart?” “I told them Valentine’s Ritual of Conversion must have gone wrong.” “You lied to the Clave?” Simon wasn’t sure whether to be impressed or dismayed. “Yes, I lied to the Clave. Isabelle and Alec know Clary has some ability to create new runes, so I doubt I’ll be able to keep that from the Clave or the new Inquisitor. But if they knew she could do what she does—amplify ordinary runes so they have incredible destructive power—they’d want her as a fighter, a weapon. And she’s not equipped for that. She wasn’t brought up for it—” He broke off, as Simon shook his head. “What?” “You’re Nephilim,” Simon said slowly. “Shouldn’t you want what’s best for the Clave? If that’s using Clary . . .” “You want them to have her? To put her in the front lines, up against Valentine and whatever army he’s raising?” “No,” said Simon. “I don’t want that. But I’m not one of you. I don’t have to ask myself who to put first, Clary or my family.” Jace flushed a slow, dark red. “It’s not like that. If I thought it would help the Clave—but it won’t. She’ll just get hurt—” “Even if you thought it would help the Clave,” Simon said, “you’d never let them have her.” “What makes you say that, vampire?” “Because no one can have her but you,” said Simon. The color left Jace’s face. “So you won’t help me,” he said in disbelief. “You won’t help her?” Simon hesitated—and before he could respond, a noise split the silence between them. A high, shrieking cry, terrible in its desperation, and worse for the abruptness with which it was cut off. Jace whirled around. “What was that?” The single shriek was joined by other cries, and a harsh clanging that scraped Simon’s eardrums. “Something’s happened—the others—” But Jace was already gone, running along the path, dodging the undergrowth. After a moment’s hesitation Simon followed. He had forgotten how fast he could run now—he was hard on Jace’s heels as they rounded the corner of the church and burst out into the garden. Before them was chaos. A white mist blanketed the garden, and there was a heavy smell in the air—the sharp tang of ozone and something else under it, sweet and unpleasant. Figures darted back and forth—Simon could see them only in fragments, as they appeared and disappeared through gaps in the fog. He glimpsed Isabelle, her hair snapping around her in black ropes as she swung her whip. It made a deadly fork of golden lightning through the shadows. She was fending off the advance of something lumbering and huge—a demon, Simon thought—but it was full daylight; that was impossible. As he stumbled forward, he saw that the creature was humanoid in shape, but humped and twisted, somehow wrong. It carried a thick wooden plank in one hand and was swinging at Isabelle almost blindly. Only a short distance away, through a gap in the stone wall, Simon could see the traffic on York Avenue rumbling placidly by. The sky beyond the Institute was clear. “Forsaken,” Jace whispered. His face was blazing as he drew one of his seraph blades from his belt. “Dozens of them.” He pushed Simon to the side, almost roughly. “Stay here, do you understand? Stay here.” Simon stood frozen for a moment as Jace plunged forward into the mist. The light of the blade in his hand lit the fog around him to silver; dark figures dashed back and forth inside it, and Simon felt as if he were gazing through a pane of frosted glass, desperately trying to make out what was happening on the other side. Isabelle had vanished; he saw Alec, his arm bleeding, as he sliced through the chest of a Forsaken warrior and watched it crumple to the ground. Another reared up behind him, but Jace was there, now with a blade in each hand; he leaped into the air and brought them up and then down with a vicious scissoring movement—and the Forsaken’s head tumbled free of its neck, black blood spurting. Simon’s stomach wrenched—the blood smelled bitter, poisonous. He could hear the Shadowhunters calling to one another out of the mist, though the Forsaken were utterly silent. Suddenly the mist cleared, and Simon saw Magnus, standing wild-eyed by the wall of the Institute. His hands were raised, blue lightning sparking between them, and against the wall where he stood, a square black hole seemed to be opening in the stone. It wasn’t empty, or dark precisely, but shone like a mirror with whirling fire trapped within its glass. “The Portal!” he was shouting. “Go through the Portal!” Several things happened at once. Maryse Lightwood appeared out of the mist, carrying the boy, Max, in her arms. She paused to call something over her shoulder and then plunged toward the Portal and through it, vanishing into the wall. Alec followed, dragging Isabelle after him, her blood-spattered whip trailing on the ground. As he pulled her toward the Portal, something surged up out of the mist behind them—a Forsaken warrior, swinging a double-bladed knife. Simon unfroze. Darting forward, he called out Isabelle’s name—then stumbled and pitched forward, hitting the ground hard enough to knock the breath out of him, if he’d had any breath. He scrambled into a sitting position, turning to see what he’d tripped over. It was a body. The body of a woman, her throat slit, her eyes wide and blue in death. Blood stained her pale hair. Madeleine. “Simon, move!” It was Jace, shouting; Simon looked and saw the other boy running toward him out of the fog, bloody seraph blades in his hands. Then he looked up. The Forsaken warrior he’d seen chasing Isabelle loomed over him, its scarred face twisted into a rictus grin. Simon twisted away as the double-bladed knife swung down toward him, but even with his improved reflexes, he wasn’t fast enough. A searing pain shot through him as everything went black.