City of Glass by Cassandra Clare – A Review

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare – A Review

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third instalment of the New York Times best-selling series The Mortal Instruments, City of Glass.

Amid the chaos of war, the Shadowhunters must decide to fight with the vampires, werewolves and other Downworlders – or against them. Meanwhile, Jace and Clary have their own decision to make: should they pursue the love they know is a mortal sin? 

Those of you who have been following my journey through The Mortal Instruments series will already know. I am reading this series in publication order. So that means that I will be starting Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices next before moving onto Part II of The Mortal Instruments. If you would like to see Cassie’s own guide (the same one I am following) you can do so here. I will also be keeping this review spoiler free, lets get started!

The Characters and World Building

*squeals* I loved the new characters in this book! They brought a whole new dynamic to the story and presented me with such a conflicting opinion between love stories. As some of you may know I guiltily ship Jace and Clary despite the challenges they face. But the introduction of Sebastian in City of Glass had me questioning if maybe I could see her moving on!

I liked that this book was set somewhere new. We got to see the characters travel to Idris where they face many challenges with Luke and Simon being Downworlders who don’t belong. I liked the idea behind Lake Lyn and how it impacted the shadowhunters who consumed its contents.

As per usual Cassie Clare did a fantastic job of making the reader feel present in the moment. I felt like I could distinctly imagine the places and faces she described and I loved how sucked in I got to the characters and world, once again.

The Story Progression and Plot

The plot twists in City of Glass had me screaming! I had a moment of just crying and throwing my hands in the air with happiness at some parts and complete and utter shock at others. Two things happened in this book that I REALLY wanted to happen. Yay! I am so glad we got to hear the full story (or what we have been told is the full story anyway) from Clary’s mum, Jocelyn. Just when you think you know all the facts in this book you really don’t! I love it because it keeps you on your toes, it keeps you invested. The story progressed at just the right speed and wrapped up really nicely at the end.

My Overall Thoughts and Rating

I loved this book so much. City of Ashes had me a bit worried that the series couldn’t get better than City of Bones was but oh boy! I was worried for nothing! City of Glass gave me everything I wanted and so much more. As a result, I rated it the full five stars. It was closer to a four until I reached chapter seventeen and was left an emotional wreck. Cassie got me again!

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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I hope you enjoyed my review of City of Glass. I will be reading Clockwork Angel next, have you read it? What did you think?


    • Dominique
      18th May 2019 / 7:30 PM

      I am living for it! Thanks so much!

  1. 18th May 2019 / 7:50 PM

    I see so much love for this series I must give it another try, I read the first book years ago and then didn’t read anymore. Great review.

  2. 18th May 2019 / 7:53 PM

    City of Glass is definitely one of my favourite from The Mortal Instruments series ♥ There’s just so much I loved about it! I’ve been rereading the series this year, and it’s been an emotional rollercoaster. The Infernal Devices is one of my favourite series EVER, it’s incredible and I really hope you enjoy Clockwork Angel 🙂 I reread it at the beginning of the year, and wow I cried, a lot.

    • Dominique
      18th May 2019 / 7:59 PM

      Its definitely an emotional rollercoaster, this book had me all over the place. One minute I was crying the next I was screaming with joy!

  3. Surbhi
    19th May 2019 / 8:29 AM

    Lovely review! I have read till book 3 and I agree this book is better than the previous two.

    Enjoy the series, would love to read your opinions on the upcoming three books.

    • Dominique
      19th May 2019 / 10:40 AM

      Thanks so much! I’m really excited to read them, I’ve heard great things!

  4. 31st May 2019 / 11:01 AM

    City of Glass is probably my joint favourite book of TMI along with the last book. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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