Saturday, 22 June 2013

City of Glass

Title : City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3)
Writer : Cassandra Clare
Number of Page : 541
Publisher : Mcelderry Books

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 my opinion:
It started quite well for me. The tension was already built up from the previous book. So, this time all characters just jumped to their action completely.

Clary planned to go to Idris. She was seeking for a magician who could wake her mother up. But, Jace interfered with her plan because he didn't want Clary to go. And of course his plan was even worse because on the way to Idris, a massive group of devils attacked them and Simon was injured (again, lol... why was he always the unfortunate one?)

Because Clary was left behind, she opened magic portal by herself. Despite Luke's disagreement, she did it and both of them arrived at the outer part of Idris protection wall. From this moment on, all main characters were in many different locations. They had their own roles and I was so engaged with all the things that happened. How could Cassandra Clare write all those things? Nothing was left out and it was a lot. Isabelle, Jace, Clary, Alec, Simon, Luke... Jumping from one character to another, it was very interesting. I always love third person POV who knows everything and this book was really something. Intense plots.

I love the story, the conflicts, the plots, but I don't like the execution. I don't know why it felt flat. Like a song without a soul. I kept thinking that the characters were empty. The death of Max was even ridiculous. It was just something that popped up out of nowhere and I got the impression that nobody grieved about it. And Sebastian... I felt he was lame, evil but in a bad way. I didn't know what was in his head and the reasons for everything he did. He showed up and tadaaaaa.... he was the traitor. Duh!! And Clary... seriously? She was the main character, but I thought she was just a doll with no feeling. Her relationship with her mother, Jace, and all of her friends felt unreal for me. I didn't even think she could love Jace. Probably it was because her narrative sections? I was not sure.  But she was just super weird. When she was angry to her mother, I was like... why was she angry? I could not believe she had emotion!! Oh, why did Sebastian kiss Clary? What is it with Cassandra Clare and the incestuous thingy? Ugh... And I haven't mentioned Jace. His character was ruined completely. I just didn't believe in him anymore. Anything he did was just stupid and annoying. The way he felt about Valentine and his adopted family... He should thank for what he had. He had a lot of people cared about him and he still complained. How sad his life was, how lonely he was... I thought bad boy should not be this soft and melancholic. It just didn't make sense. For me, the best character was Simon because he was constant and real since the first book.

“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.
"But I don't want anything else in the world.”  (I usually cry for this kind of dialog, the desperate wish, the only one thing that matter... but strangely for this book I didn't)

And there are still three more books. But Valentine was already dead, so what was gonna happen next?

Anyway, despite of the bad writing, I still love the world of Cassandra Clare. 



  1. I think for this series I will skip the book and just watch out for the movie. YA sometimes have shallow execution

    1. yeah, better watch it. For me, the reading experience is not fully enjoyable hehe...