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City of Glass

City of Glass

Book - 2009
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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?
Publisher: New York :, Margaret K. McElderry Books,, 2009.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781416914303
Branch Call Number: Y FIC CLAR
Characteristics: 541 pages ; 24 cm.


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Mar 19, 2021

Book #3

Jan 20, 2021

I had been told a lot about this whole series. This book has been my favorite so far. I feel like the other books in this series follow a relatively similar path. This book on the other hand, is in an entirely new setting. I found it more of an adventure than the others, and you can never predict what happens next. I really enjoyed how different and exciting the book was. The characters faced different challenges than they had ever seen before, which made it a very emotionally capturing book. I liked being immersed in the new scenery and places that the new settings brought. Overall, I loved this book, and I think it is the best one I have read in this series so far! 5 stars - @Auburn of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

LCPL_Katelyn Jan 14, 2021

This book was one of the most action-packed novels that I've read in a long time. There is so much happening that the story never felt like it lagged, but also seemed to not go too fast either; It was perfectly paced. There was so much tension built up until the end that I found myself anxious about what would happen to the characters and wondering how they'd survive. Also, I am so attached to all of the characters, and I am joyous with the ending of this novel. Now, I am eager to move on to the next book in the series.

Jan 13, 2021

This third book in The Mortal Instruments is by far the most surprising. There is a lot of twists and turns and you will not be disappointed. The character interactions were by far the most interesting to read. Idris is described beautifully. However the beginning half of the plot was not the best it did not lack at the last half. You definitely get to read more about your favorite ships.

Jan 10, 2021

The third book is full of many surprises. I love how nicely it carries on the story from the second book. Great Book! Great Series! Don't want to spoil too much :)

Dec 23, 2020

The third book in the series of The Mortal Instruments was an absolute ride! This book had me on the edge of my seat and I couldn’t put the book down until I had read every last page in one sitting. The brilliant storyline and the hunger for love, adventure, and home drove the emotions of this book. Once again, I found myself lost in the beauty of Cassandra Clare’s shadowhunter world. People often have this assumption that no book in the series could ever beat the first book, but Cassandra Clare proved them wrong with this incredible book. Just when you think you know how the lives of these characters will play out, this book pushes you back to the endless possibilities of storylines. I would recommend this book to an audience of the ages 12 and up. 5/5-@MissPeachPrincess of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

May 14, 2020

Good book. I recommend.

Old fave!

Apr 19, 2020

Great book! The ending was unexpected but it had a good plot and had lots of cliff hangers.

This is the book I stopped at when I first read these because I thought the series was over. Alas, there are sooo many other books now, but I needed to re-read these before I moved on. I didn't remember anything that happened in this book, so that's a good thing.

I'm going to start with this: Clary drove me crazy at the beginning of this book. She was complaining so much! All because she kept doing things people told her not to do. She was all "woe as me, blah, blah, blah." I couldn't stand it. Find something else to talk about, please!

The second half of the book was much better, in my opinion. We got more voices, there was more action, things wrapped up pretty well. The Jace/Clary thing was finally resolved, and we got more from Simon and some fantastic Alec/Magnus moments. I love them, so much. I will read the rest of the series just for them!

Anyway, the audiobook was pretty good for this, too. I've been enjoying listening to them; it was a good series to get into this year!

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Aug 26, 2014

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Jun 09, 2014

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Jan 02, 2014

sarahdempsey thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

green_cat_2270 Nov 11, 2013

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May 17, 2019

Jace: "You could have had anything else in the world, and you asked for me."

She smiled up at him. Filthy as he was, covered in blood and dirt, he was the most beautiful thing she'd ever seen.

Clary: "But I don't want anything else in the world."

May 17, 2019

"You said you were going for a walk!? What kind of walk takes six hours?"

"A long one?"

May 17, 2019

"I am a man--and men do not consume pink beverages. Get thee gone, woman, and bring me something brown."
-Jace Lightwood/Herondale/Wayland/(Morgenstern)...Who knows how many last names he has?

May 17, 2019

Malachi: "I don't remember the Clave inviting you into the Glass City, Magnus Bane."
Magnus: "They didn't. Your wards are down."

The Consul's voice dripped sarcasm.

Malachi: "Really? I hadn't noticed."
Magnus: "That's terrible. Someone should have told you."

He glanced at Luke.

Magnus: "Tell him the wards are down."

Jul 03, 2015

"I wouldn't cut you out of my life, Clary, any more than I would cut off my right hand and give it to someone as a Valentine's Day gift."

Jan 20, 2015

This is what Jace and Sebastian say in Romanian:
Jace: "Why do you think I was listening to your conversation?"
Sebastian: "You've been watching me since I got here. I can't tell if you don't like me or if you're just this suspicious of everybody."

Aug 10, 2014

"And quit baring your fangs at me. It's making me nervous." "Good," Simon said. "If you want to know why, it's because you smell like blood." "It's my cologne. Eau de Recent Injury."- Simon and Jace

AyatTawil Jul 30, 2014

"There is no denying it Clary. I love you. I will love until the day I die, and I there is a life after that, I'll love you then." -Jace Lightwood

Dec 02, 2013

"Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin"-

26 “Here is what these words mean:

Mene[e]: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.

27 Tekel[f]: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.

28 Peres[g]: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

Daniel 5: 26- 28

Dec 02, 2013

"Ave atque vale"- hail and farewell

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shaunapas Mar 18, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Spoiler: The battle, for some people.

shaunapas Mar 18, 2013

Sexual Content: Spoiler: Simon and Isabelle ; ) nothing much, don't worry.

shaunapas Mar 18, 2013

Coarse Language: I think there is some.

shaunapas Mar 18, 2013

Violence: Spoiler: At the battles.


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Aug 03, 2013

This is the third book of the Mortal Instruments series. In this installment Jace has to see Clary as his sister and nothing more.As well an old friend of Joceyln Madeleine is under a spell Clary must save her!

Nov 13, 2009

couldn't have asked for a better ending. I got everything I wanted. I don't want to summarize the book, I'll leave that to others, but I will say that there are some heartbreakingly beautiful scenes in this book. The characters became more developed and more endearing, especially Jace. His sarcastic wit is certainly present in this book; however, he is no longer hiding behind his carefully constructed facade. His torment over Clary is glaringly obvious from the first chapter.

I noticed that another review stated that she wished Clary and Jace hadn't have been as close as they were until they knew the truth about not being related, but I have to disagree. Clary was the only person in the world that made Jace feel like he belonged and she was the only person he belonged to and the fact that she didn't turn away from him when he told her that he loved her probably meant more to him than her waiting until she knew the truth to love him back the same way. He had resigned himself to love her always, no matter what, and I'm glad that he got to know that she had resigned herself to the same fate.

Cassandra Clare works magic with this novel. The excitement begins on the first page and doesn't stop until the final sentence. She brings everything full circle for a completely satisfying ending - even though fans would be more than happy to read about these beloved characters forever, I know I will miss them.
I look forward to seeing some of the characters from this series in her new series "The Clockwork Angel"

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