City of Glass by Cassandra Clare | The Shadowhunter Chronicles

City of Glass is the turning point of the Mortal Instruments series as the events of the previous book finally start making sense and key plot points are initialized for the grand finale. If you want to learn more and find out what I am going on about, keep reading. The review contains spoilers for the book!

* I have to mention that some people split The Mortal Instruments in two parts and City of Glass is the finale of part one.

The Synopsis

To save her mother, Clary has to travel to Alicante, the City of Glass – the ancestral home of the Nephilim and she must do it without permission which goes against the law. What is worse is that she learns that Jace does not want her there and that Simon was thrown into prison by the Nephilim who feel suspicious about a daylighter. 

As the book goes on, Clary finds out more about her family and their past and meets a mysterious new boy – a Shadowhunter called Sebastian. The only way of defeating Valentine is by forging an alliance with the Downworld but can the Nephilim do it? 


What I liked about the book: City of Glass is one of my favorite books in the Shadowhunter chronicles and is by far (in my opinion) better than the first two installments in the series. I love how action packed it is, how much room there is for character development, the world building and how we see our first glimpse of the Shadowhunter home country. Also, we learn some pretty important plot points in this book and meet the biggest villain, so win-win!

What I didn’t like about the book: There are some pretty yikes moments in this – especially before the truth is finally revealed and also after Clary and Sebastian meet.

A quote: “Is this the part where you say if I hurt her, you’ll kill me?”
“No” Simon said, “If you hurt Clary she’s quite capable of killing you herself. Possibly with a variety of weapons.”

My Rating: 4/5 stars

What is your favorite book series? 

I love so many and every re-read is so gratifying.

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