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City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3)

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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 thr
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 541 pages
Published March 24th 2009 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Himanish Prabhakar It's Sebastian because that is the mystery revealed in this book.
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Sharanya S. basically you can easily get the wards down with demon blood. the trick was however that you cannot get a demon inside Alicante. Sebastian was a…morebasically you can easily get the wards down with demon blood. the trick was however that you cannot get a demon inside Alicante. Sebastian was a mastermind mixture of both a nephilim and had a demon. The shadowhunter part of him got him into Alicante without being caught at the entry wards. and his demon blood was handy in order to get the wards down., valentine's little demon minion.
Also, yah, Clary and Jace not siblings anymore!! Time for more shadowhunter cocktail parties with strawberry faerie drinks!!!(less)
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Rinoa Heartilly
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Jul 14, 2014 Cara rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Cara by: Tori & Victoria
I had begun reading this laying down and drinking the words in steadily but before I knew it I was sitting on the edge of the sofa and forcing to keep up my eyes focused enough not to move too far ahead. I promised myself I wasn't going to write a spoiler review though I really wanted to. Without giving spoilers I can't stress how much a certain line did this or what took me by surprise but y'all are just going to have to read it to feel and see what I felt.

EVERYTHING is finally explained. Tha
Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
At this point I'm most likely not going to continue with the Mortal Instruments series. Sometime in the future I might, but for now I'm leaving it here.
Oct 08, 2011 Rose rated it it was amazing
Bahh, i didn't really care about all the notes that Cassandra Clare made, and the scenes really felt like the book.
I was really bored until Clary started talking to Jace on the phone, then it got really exciting.

Merged review:

Funny to see Aline's expression about Simon. Sebastian was pretty much how i expected him to be.

Merged review:

Cassandra Clare is sure an author who seem to have everything in mind. Of course everybody should have somebody to grieve for them! But no other autho
I am Danielle.
***LAST AND FINAL EDIT (JANUARY 19, 2014): I'm no longer replying to the people commenting on this review. People still don't seem to understand my warning stating "if you loved this series, don't read this." If you're going ignore THAT then I'm simply going to ignore your comment. It will not be read by me.***

Also, you may want to read through the comments before commenting. Chances are, what you're about to write may have already been stated.
Marcy Jo
It goes without saying that I am a lover of books. Stories, characters, and delicious prose...well...these are things that I throw myself into. My shelves are filled with countless books that i have read and loved, stories that I have enjoyed reading.
I have never enjoyed reading a book as much as I enjoyed this one. Never.

It's a scary thing when you get to the final book in a series or trilogy that you particularly care about. There's a certain amount of apprehension involved,correlating directl
Pearl Angeli
Reread: January, 2016
1st Read : July, 2014


This installment could be the best ending if Cassandra Clare didn't do the City of Fallen Angels. Everything I am looking for in a sequel (and finale) is already here. Extraordinary plotline and pacing, engaging characters that continue to get better as the series go by, and the vividly captivating description of Idris. This book is too powerful and well-packed with action and each chapter gets edgier. There were also more revelations here and new charac
I'm going to review this properly.

Mikee Andrea Quiambao
Wow. I am absolutely speechless. City of Glass was indescribably epic. This was, hands down, my favorite book in the series so far. Cassandra Clare has truly outdone herself.

City of Glass was just so action-packed from beginning to end that I was literally grasping anything I could put my hands on to keep me from jumping out of my seat from excitement.

THIS is the series that everyone has been raving about.
THIS is the Cassandra Clare that everyone loves.

With that being said, I've official
Mar 12, 2016 tigerofbooks rated it it was amazing

Okay, it is so difficult to make reviews about The Mortal Instruments just because there is so much to say and everything I thought about it is positive, but I think I will start with the plot, which I also loved in the previous two books, because it has some amazing twists that you get used to, your heart starts to race and everything is subtly connected, a love/hate relationship.

I think that I would marry these books or even the beautiful Cassandra, not so sure which one I would cho
Sep 29, 2013 Reader-ramble rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one. Run why you still can.
Recommended to Reader-ramble by: Doing a book challenge. Regretting it.
FINALLY! It's over! I'm done with the original Mortal Instruments trilogy, and it feels so good.

Now, before I begin, I will be courteous enough to inform you all that the following review is filled with whining, griping, and spoilers. If you love anything about this series, read at your own peril. I am not responsible for any strong feelings that my ravaging of these books trigger.

Before you read this, please read my reviews of City of Bones and City of Ashes because I will be most likely refere
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Mar 29, 2016 Chelsea (chelseadolling reads) rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
WOW. Don't mind me guys just feeling all da feels rn
Ann Rucci
Feb 06, 2016 Ann Rucci rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
“And now I’m looking at you,” he said, “and you’re asking me if I still want you, as if I could stop loving you. As if I would want to give up the thing that makes me stronger than anything else ever has. I never dared give much of myself to anyone before – bits of myself to the Lightwoods, to Isabelle and Alec, but it took years to do it – but, Clary, since the first time I saw you, I have belonged to you completely. I still do. If you want me.”


Still my fave in the
Jan 16, 2016 grace rated it it was amazing
Sophie Riggsby
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Apr 23, 2016 Laurie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
“Three words in Latin ran under Stephen's name: AVE ATQUE VALE. "What does that mean?" she asked turning to Luke. "It means 'Hail and farewell'”

I’m super pissed at Cassandra Clare right now. I’m so pissed that I lowered a bit the rating of the two previous books. I could have rated this book with a 4.5 stars. I almost did, until the last second I thought I would. But she ruined the ending to me. I’m tired of her trying to always please everyone, YES she did an amazing job at The Infernal Devic

I'm finally at the halfway mark of this series, WHOOP! :D A bit slower than I imagined due to real life (blergh) but I'm enjoying it! This one has been my favorite instalment so far and deservedly gets a 5-star from me as compared to the previous two! If it's any indication, this series is getting better as I move along *happy dance*

As the title suggested, a huge portion of the book takes place in the City of Glass, also known as Idris. I just loved the setting of this one as I kept ima
Sep 09, 2015 May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una tercera parte MUCHO MEJOR que todas las novelas anteriores.

Me ha gustado mucho Ciudad de cristal porque hay una evolución de los personajes muy marcada y porque me ha atrapado como no lo han hecho el resto de novelas que ya he leído de la saga.
Me ha encantado el ritmo, los giros y el final que han tenido todos los personajes.

¡YA ESTOY EN LA MITAD DE LA SAGA! Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeei. Ahora voy a por Los orígenes 1!!
Jan 26, 2016 Ashley rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, owned
Definitely the best one so far. Let's be real, I can't take another book of (view spoiler)
Kate ♡
Mar 29, 2016 Kate ♡ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Actual Rating: 3.80/5
I’m already dreading writing this review before I even start because I literally read this for over a month (thanks school), so bare with me if I have trouble remembering things, anyway here we attempt to go…

Let me start off by saying this book was huge, and I feel like it really didn’t need to be. That’s one thing I am not so fond of in Cassie’s books (minus Clockwork Princess), is how massive they are, and the descriptions
Fuck this book.

Fuck everyone in it.
Fuck Clary and her Cloud Strife Shadowhunter gear and her inability to do anything relevant to the plot.
Fuck Jace for being a massive prick and unable to choose a goddamn surname.
Fuck Valentine for being a dingus.
Fuck Jocelyn for being dead weight that lasts a whole trilogy.

Fuck the prose for only talking in witty context that DOESN'T MATTER NOR DOES IT MOVE THE STORY ANY FARTHER.
Fuck every simile in this book because there's at LEAST 1000 if there's two per pa
Tamora Pierce
Apr 12, 2009 Tamora Pierce rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-ya-yr
This is an action-packed, breathless, dramatic, heart-pounding conclusion to the series, with peril and pain for everyone we have grown to care about, as Clary, Jace, Luke, Simon, Isabella, and the gang try to prepare their elders for war with Valentine and the Demons, and Clary scrambles desperately for the cure for her mother's coma. Clare has put hammer-fist surprise punches into every turn, so much so that I can't really talk about the plot--except to say that it's great. Sometimes the chara ...more
Isabelle is on hiatus!
I have a theory that this series and me don't get along.

Before you start hurling rocks at me, let's analyze this situation. What else do I not get along with?

For one, my brother. Homework. Bad hair days. Cliffhangers (I will throw a bloody tantrum). Bugs. Homework. Disorganization. Short weekends. Homework.

Now what do these things have in common with TMI? Frustration.

I'll admit Clary develops in this book. Just a bit. But it wasn't enough to suit my expectations. Clary's stupidity can lowe
Aj the Ravenous Reader
This review contains really harmless spoilers.

Riveting, breathtaking, enthralling, heart stopping are just some of the words I could think of to describe this book. This is the best of the series and at one point, I wished the series ended here because this book would have been a magnificent ending to the series because it is in this book that we find the ultimate truth about Jace and Clary. It is in this book that they finally defeat Valentine, one of the most bad-ass villains of all time, and
Ash Reads
Dec 31, 2015 Ash Reads rated it it was amazing
First Read: 2013
First Reread: May 29-30, 2014
Second Reread: July 21-24 [With Lauren]

The feels were definitely strong with this third installment in the Mortal Instrument series. Out of the first three books, this is probably my favorite.

The first book is getting to know everyone. The 2nd book is just...drama, though of course, there are good parts. This one is action, tragedy, anger, sadness, laughter, happy...This one is amazing. Kudos to the author for having written such an amazing story, and
Dec 28, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy, vamps, teen, angels
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Dec 29, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it

I loved this book. I was quite surprised because City of Bones and City of Ashes were both 3-star reads for me. I actually read The Infernal Devices before picking up TMI and I was starting to worry that I was never going to like it as much the prequel series. City of Glass finally had that shadowhunter-y classic feeling that TID gave me. It kept me enthralled the whole way through. I thought Cassandra Clare's writing shined and I grew to really love the characters. I can see how it was an
Feb 01, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing
Amazing, amazing book. I absolutely loved it. First read in January 2014
I don't even know how to sum up my feelings. AHHHH. Review to come? (If I am able to pull myself together)
5 unforgettable stars
"I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I'll love you then.”

Review of the Audible Audiobook Narrated by Natalie Moore.

City of Glass is by far my favorite of the series, it was the culmination of all the events and finally all came to an epic end. Or at least the end of this chapter in their lives. I can't say how much this series has been ingrained in my life, it's almost something to look forward to when I drive, although with thi
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"Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilo
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Other Books in the Series

The Mortal Instruments (6 books)
  • City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
  • City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)
  • City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)
  • City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)
  • City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

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“There is no pretending," Jace said with absolute clarity. "I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I'll love you then.” 17833 likes
“And now I’m looking at you,” he said, “and you’re asking me if I still want you, as if I could stop loving you. As if I would want to give up the thing that makes me stronger than anything else ever has. I never dared give much of myself to anyone before – bits of myself to the Lightwoods, to Isabelle and Alec, but it took years to do it – but, Clary, since the first time I saw you, I have belonged to you completely. I still do. If you want me.” 8997 likes
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