Posted: September 12, 2016 in Book Reviews



By Cassandra Clare

541 pages

Valentine has control over 2 of the 3 mortal instruments and is planning his revenge, or what he refers to as purifying the Shadow Hunter race and taking back control of the Shadow Hunter world. His plans take him to Idris and the capital city of Alacante in search of the final and 3rd of the Mortal instruments

Simon, Jace, Clary, Lucian and crew naturally end up in Alacante as the battle for the Shadow Hunter world comes to a head at the heart of their society and cultural center.

What I liked

The development of the story line and build up the final battle between Valentines demon forces and the Shadow Hunters was overall decent. Setting up the climax was reasonably paced and effective in positioning all the characters where they needed to be.

The classic distrust between Down Worlders and the Shadow Hunters play out effectively. It seems it is human nature to distrust, or even fear that which is different from us and that which we don’t understand. This, it would seem is no different for Shadow Hunters and Down Worlders. Almost, it seems, they would rather die than work together against a common enemy.

Clary’s work to join the two sides in mutual cooperation is done overall, OK. Still quite cliché in the writing and what happens in how it plays out, but overall it was not terrible.

For once this seems to be the first book in the series where the title actually makes some sense to the overall setting of the book. The previous books, City of Bones and City of Ashes only had a very small portion of their story line taking place in the respective places the books were named for. Both the City of Bones and the City of Ashes played a minimum role if any at all. By contrast the City of Glass story line takes place almost entirely in the city of Glass, AKA Alacante, capital city of Idris

What I did not like

It seems that there is more in this series that I do not like than like.

Throughout the entire book there is all this build up to the final and epic clash between both sides. The demon hoards have been release and yet valentine is no where to be seen at the battle. He is too busy summoning and Angel at the lake. One he think will help him, only for him to be killed by the Angel. Way too easy and too simple to end the story of Valentine and the threat of the demons he controls.

The battle itself of demons vs Down Worlders and Shadow Hunters was virtually not part of the story, only mentioned it was happening. While we knew the battle was happening there is very little story at the final battle itself. The battle is only talked about and not actually told about. Valentine dies by the angel and suddenly the demons have no power and flee. This was a very poor way to end this battle and a way too easy an out for the ending of Valentine and the demon threat.

Considering all the build up to the final climax of this book , the ending was a big let down.  As Simon reported, the battle only lasted 10 minutes. Cassandra Clare could have easily taken a lot of the “mundane” portions of the book out and used that space to fill it with some epic battle scenes and a fight that the build up made it out to be.

Jace it seems is not Clary’s brother after all. This has been hinted at throughout the book but now that it has been revealed it seems that the entire plot line of Jace and Clary’s forbidden love was completely pointless considering there are still more books to come. This kind of realization should have, in my humble opinion, waited till the end of the last book. Doing so would have been a nice way to let our 2 main characters finally be together in a happily ever after kind of scenario, or better yet, one of them dies and then they find out. That would have been a tragic love that could have been but was lost. Almost Shakespearean kind of tragedy.

I have been hoping that this series would start to improve in the writing, story, and plot execution however, sadly, it has not and continues to be at best mediocre and writing, story, plot etc…

I am starting to get the feeling this may end up being one of the worst series of books I have ever read, But being the OCD reader I am I will continue to read till I have finished the series. After all it’s not boring just poorly written, poorly executed bad writing. Maybe its the werewolves, Vampires and demons that keep me going with this. Only two left on my shelf in this series but you can bet I wont be buying any more Cassandra Clare books.

I swear its like a bad car accident, You don’t want to look, but you can’t look away.

I give this book 4/10 book worms.

I know I may be torturing myself but I am determined to finish this series so books 4 and 5 coming soon!

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