City of Glass (Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare
Clary is annoying and because she’s selfish, stubborn, and dumb she decides to ignore her Shadowhunter “brother” and go to Idris anyway, breaking the law and causing quite a ruckus in doing so.
Of the three books in the series so far, this one has the most action and stands apart from the other two in that it takes place predominantly in Idris, the land of the Shadowhunters.
Valentine is at it again, and now with the first two Mortal Instruments in his hands, he’s looking for the third, and with it, hoping to wipe out the “evil” Shadowhunters who are friends with the Downworlders (vampires, faires, werewolves, and warlocks) and purify the race. Except all the ones that would be left are terrible people, and all the good would be wiped out. But Valentine is crazy, we all knew that, and this book just confirms it.
I liked finally getting the answers to many of the questions Clare posed throughout the previous two books, and finally having the backstory to Valentine-Jocelyn-Jace-Clary cleared up. Thank Goodness. I was getting tired of it, and didn’t believe half of it anyway.
I also liked the change of setting; it was nice to get out of New York and into the Shadowhunter mecca, to see where Jace grew up and learn more about the Clave and the picturesque locale.
In the beginning of the series, I really didn’t like Simon, but as the series as gone on, and he’s evolved (and gotten over Clary, thank goodness), I’ve come to like him more. He’s come into his own and is a stronger character for it, and I love that he’s embraced his new world a bit more, and has two girls fighting over him.
The big reveal was predictable (there were PLENTY of signs), but it was still fun, and I found myself getting into this one a bit more than the other two (despite the odd cutting of scenes). Probably because of all the epicness and battles and whatnot.
This was the original ending to The Mortal Instruments, so it reads like a finale. Big giant epic battle. Everything tied up nicely at the end. An epilogue, even. It just makes me wonder where this can go from here (and HOPE that Clary finally gets over her recklessness and selfishness).