Just last week I was whining on my Bookstagram about how difficult it was to carry on with The Mortal Instrument series. The first two books in the series i.e. City of Bones and City of Ashes did not live up to my expectations so I was on the verge of giving up on the entire series. However, I had joined a library especially to rent this series so I thought let’s just stick to it and see it to its end because I have paid for the membership anyway. And I thank my stars for giving me the sadbuddhi (wisdom) to go on with the series as I was totally enthralled by City of Glass. I had a lot of complaints from the first two books and City of Glass erased most of it. Even though I liked this book more than the first two books, I still am a little wary of this series. I am just afraid of having my hopes high only to be quashed later.
City Of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Walker Books
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?
(Description as on Goodreads.com)
I LIKE City Of Glass Because,
…I got my answers to a lot of question that bothered me in the first two books. Though a few questions are still left hanging I am content with all the matters that were justified in this book.
…the book is fast-paced. There is not a single dull moment in this book. The characters face challenges at every corner and there is something interesting happening every other minute.
…haters may rant against Clare’s writing style but I personally LOVE it. In City of Glass she is funny and witty. She has neatly tied up several conflicts in this book and created new conflicts to have you come back again for the next three books in the series.
…I love Clary and Jace’s forbidden love. This slow burn romance makes my heart beat harder. There is this one ‘unavoidable’ kiss between Clary and Jace which set my poor little heart on fire. They both want each other but can’t possibly be with each other. This conflict makes their romance so much more interesting.
I Do NOT Like City Of Glass Because,
…it is very similar to Harry Potter. The Mortal Instrument series is highly inspired by the Harry Potter series and it becomes very evident in City of Glass. There are various instances in this book which feel like déjà vu. Especially the climax where Clary is ported a place she shouldn’t be and when Jace’s life is in danger. It is very similar to scenes from Harry Potter. If you have read Harry Potter you will find this book very predictable. I feel a little let down by Clare here because she has built a fantastic new world with new problems and new solutions so why resort to ‘inspiration’? Why not come up with something entirely new? I would have loved this series a lot more had it been a novel idea.
Favourite Quotes in City Of Glass
“There is no pretending,” Jace said with absolute clarity. “I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I’ll love you then.”
“And I’m suppose to sit by while you date boys and fall in love with someone else, get married…?” His voice tightened. “And meanwhile, I’ll die a little bit more every day, watching.”
“You said you were going for a walk!? What kind of walk takes six hours?”
“A long one?”
“Did you ever think that in a past life Alec was an old woman with ninety cats who was always yelling at the neighborhood kids to get off her lawn? Because I do,”
“Sebastian just smiled. “I could hear your heart beating,” he said softly. “When you were watching me with Valentine. Did it bother you?”
“That you seem to be dating my dad?” Jace shrugged. “You’re a little young for him, to be honest.”
“What?” For the first time since Jace had met him, Sebastian seemed flabbergasted.”
Final View: City of Glass is the best book in the series till now. It has convinced me to have faith in The Mortal Instruments series and keep going till I get to the final word.