I know I’m behind on the times with The Mortal Instruments series. But better late than never right? Even if it’s fifteen years late.
In case you don’t know, The Mortal Instruments starts with City of Bones and follows Clary Fray, as she learns about a whole magical world that she is actually part of. She is descended from Shadowhunters, a race of half-angel warriors trained to fight demons and holds disdain for “downworlders,” aka warlocks, vampires, werewolves, and faeries. City of Glass is the third book in the series in which Clary breaks into Alicante–the Shadowhunter’s home city–to find the man who can save her mother.
You can read my review of City of Ashes, the second book in the series, here. Since this is the third book in the series, there will be spoilers for the first two books.
As with the previous books, this narrative really drew me in. I love Cassandra Clare’s descriptions. They bring the city to life as we see and learn things about the Shadowhunter world with Clary. I especially love the description of the angels as something scary and fierce.
As always, my favorite characters are Magnus and Alec and I loved seeing those dynamics played out. I also loved Sebastian’s character in this book and all the secrets that came to light with him. Though I didn’t like him much in the first two books, I really loved to see Simon’s character development here, and the new love triangle that he has become entangled in is actually intriguing rather than boring.
The battle scene was epic. The best part of the whole book was the fighting and I loved seeing all of it, especially when Simon joined up.
But, as with any book, there were things I didn’t like as much. I did think some of the plot twists were a bit obvious, some of the storyline dragged on too much, and I hated the incestuous implications throughout the book–or rather, the whole series.
Also, I’m so confused on how the series continued when everything is pretty much wrapped up.
I still enjoyed this book and would give it a solid four stars. Highly reccomend to YA fantasy readers who somehow haven’t read this series yet. I will continue to read this series–and whole universe–but for now, City of Bones is still my favorite.