Review: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Warnings: Some mature themes
Summary: 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?
In the third installment of TMI, everyone travels to Idris, the home of the Shadowhunters. Jace repeatedly tries to convince Clary to stay away from Alicante, the Glass City, and to stay behind in New York. But, as our favorite infuriatingly stubborn heroine would have it, she doesn’t listen to Jace and goes to Alicante anyway. An incredibly complex web of events creates chaos, and now it’s up to the Shadowhunters and Downworlders to band together against Valentine.
I knew going into this series that this was the original end to TMI. Cassandra Clare then decided to add three more installments to the series—a second trilogy, if you will—which became City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, and City of Heavenly Fire. Before I continue on with the second trilogy, I am interested in giving The Infernal Devices a shot first. Truth be told, this is a painstakingly long series, 9 books in total if you count TID, all over 500 pages each. I always need to take a break in between books, just so I can go into the story feeling like it’s a fresh start. Because, if I’m speaking honestly, I always need to take a little break from these characters.
The story in City of Glass is nothing short of compelling—I did read this in two days. It was engaging, frustrating, exciting, and a whole range of things more at the same time. The cast was as lovely as usual; my love for Isabelle, Alec, and Magnus continues only to grow and never dwindles. Clary, was, as usual, difficult, and so was Jace, though I observe he’s a bit more tolerable in this book. Simon is learning to be his own self and I love it, which is a giant leap from the scared puppy he was in City of Bones.
I feel that the only thing lacking in this first TMI trilogy is a solid villain. Valentine is the central villain through all three books, but he was…bland to me. Every villain in every book has delusions of grandeur and perpetually calm dispositions. But I wish the villain in this trilogy would’ve had dimension, something to make him human. We learn absolutely nothing about his past—what made him the way he was, why he did the things he did, or hell, why he wanted what he wanted. We didn’t have insight, which is my one major flaw of this trilogy.
Overall though, I did enjoy it immensely and look forward to continue on with the series.
I gave this book 4/5 stars on goodreads.