Blurb (as on Goodreads):
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?
‘City of Glass’ is definitely a treat. As Cassandra Clare’s writing style improves, so does the plot. She has managed to turn the entire plot upside down without making a fool out of it in the process. As Clary and Jace, find themselves in The City of Glass, Valentine is getting more and more powerful. He is just one instrument away from creating new shadow hunters and destroying the downworlders. He has spies planted everywhere. As Clary, Jace and the others try to find out about the third instruments, Clary finds out that Jace might not be related to Valentine and that Clary is an essential ingredient in Valentine’s ritual.
The usual pattern has been followed, but the plot definitely comes as a surprise with twists and turns we didn’t see coming. Cassandra Clare loves playing with her characters and there’s not a single one in this series that doesn’t serve a purpose. Each character, each backstory and every tiny detail is important. It’s like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, one that is fun and entertaining.
We also character more villainous than the previous villain, it’s a celebration of creepy, ambitious and evil people. Did I mention Magnus shines bright again? 😛
‘City of Glass’ is definitely better written than the other two initial books and this would have served as an epic conclusion to the series. I wonder what the rest of the series has in store.
This could have made an epic conclusion to this series 🙂