Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)” as Want to Read:
City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3)

by
4.34  ·  Rating details ·  631,150 Ratings  ·  22,750 Reviews
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 her best friend, Simon, has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deep ...more
313 pages
Published (first published March 24th 2009)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about City of Glass, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
Rose Herondale
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
Lila Wayne 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. So....here, valentine's little demon minion.
Also, yah, Clary and Jace not siblings anymore!! Time for more shadowhunter cocktail parties with strawberry faerie drinks!!!(less)
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Rinoa Heartilly
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Cara
Aug 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
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.
Candace
The further I get into this series, the more I enjoy it! I'm enthralled with the stories of these young characters in this paranormal world. With every book, the plot thickens and another layer of the mystery unfolds.

This third book had many tests, turns and revelations. Some, I expected and some were completely surprising to me. All of them pulled me deeper into this story and left me craving more.

Action was also plentiful in this book. An epic battle ensues that will keep you wondering what w
...more
Rose
After all that's been going on with Cassie Clare lately I can't have this on my page anymore. Sorry peeps!
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.
_________________________________________________
...more
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 If loving you is wrong I don't wanna be right Stars

 photo kevin_damn_good_zpsolbmfoja.gif

* Major Spoilers ahead*

“I told you he’d freak out,” she said. “Didn’t I?” “Ah, the ‘I told you so,’” Jace said. “Always a classy move.”-Izzy and Jace

OMG this book was so awesome. So many things happened in this book. It was like an explosion of events. Jace and Clary my God they suffer so much. I felt so bad for their struggles. Loving each other, thinking they're brother and sister and their love is wrong. But the part where they sleep lay
...more
Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
This is a re-read from a long time ago with this beautiful new edition of the book!

 :

It has been so long since I read this book I forgot a lot of things that happened. I only remembered bits and pieces. The sad parts and really happy parts. . . .



Clary did get on my nerves a wee bit, I wonder if she did the first time I read it. But, I still like her for who she is and her love of her family and stuff.

OMG, and the revelations at the end! I can't even. Okay, so I read the first three books in thi
...more
Pearl Angeli
Reread: January, 2016
1st Read : July, 2014


description

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
...more
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
...more
Cait • A Page with a View
So I actually enjoyed this book and feel like I should have a ton to say, but first I'm taking a star off for the creepy little Lannister children and returning to that fun rant.

I know I already went on about this in my review of the previous book, but let me reiterate: EVEN IF CLARY AND JACE TURN OUT TO NOT BE SIBLINGS, THEY STILL THINK THEY ARE IN THIS BOOK. Like am I the only one who thinks being siblings is not some unfortunate barrier to overcome or a "forbidden" romance that heightens the
...more
Ashley Nuckles
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seriously one of the best books in the series, there's no doubt.
Reader-ramble
Feb 04, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
P
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
“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.”




City of Glass should be the end of this series. I can't believe how I enjoyed this book beyond my expectation. Clary and Jace finally end up and figure their problems out while Alec and Magnus are much more than just flirtatious, they made my heart flutter all the time. Valentine is likewise out of the shadow and does many things to poss
...more
Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
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
...more
Chris Horsefield
I 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 ano
...more
Μaria Vrisanaki
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Μικρό spoil

4,5 και όχι 5 εξαιτίας του Τζέις!
Τι χλιαρή συμπεριφορά ήταν αυτή στο τέλος; Στην αρχή έδειξε τόσο πάθος με την Κλέρι, όπως και στο προηγούμενο βιβλίο, και στο τέλος, εκεί που λες ότι τώρα θα ενθουσιαστεί, τώρα θα την πιάσει, θα την αγκαλιάσει, θα τη φιλήσει, δε θα θέλει να την αφήσει και δεν ξέρω τι άλλο, αντέδρασε εντελώς αδιάφορα. Βασικά, τον ψάχναμε! Λες και το έκανε επίτηδες η Κασσάνδρα για να μας κρατήσει σε αγωνία. Την θέλει ο Τζέις την Κλέρι; Δε την θέλει; Εεεε! Και όταν τελικά
...more
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
WOW. Don't mind me guys just feeling all da feels rn
Ashley Brooks
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, owned
Definitely the best one so far. Let's be real, I can't take another book of (view spoiler)
Afina
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 BRILLIANT STARS

I loved loved loved it! This is the 3rd installment of The Mortal Instruments series I've read and I loved it and enjoyed it. Got to admit, I read City of Bones then City of Ashes and those two didn't grip me as I hoped it would. Now I'm absolutely not regretting picking up the 3rd one! The first half of the book didn't grasp me as much as it did with the rest though, and I did fear it won't ever be. But boy was I wrong. I now know what the hype is all about. The character
...more
Khurram
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the best of the 3 books I have read so far. Action packed from the beginning to the end. The pages just seem to fly by. Despite the book being just a hair under 500 pages I kept looking at he page numbers and 10 to 20 pages had gone by at a time.

After Clary's display of power the Clave is interested to talk to her, Jace after his experience with the Inquisitor does not trust the Claves motives, and is determined to stop her from visiting the City of Glass. This book Valentine launches t
...more
May
Sep 08, 2015 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!!
Amren's Wife Taylor
A fabulous reread. This is probably the first genuinely 5 star novel of Cassie’s. City of Glass really doesn’t get enough credit.

Where else to begin except to talk about Clary? She’ll be my icon forever, no matter how rash or impulsive she could be. But damn was she impulsive. Not that she was the only one who ran into things head first most of the time, but still. We had to see her learn the hard way to think things through. The really hard way. Of course I’m referring to that confrontation wi
...more
Sophie Riggsby / allthingsequilateral
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Alexa ❤️
5 Stars!

"The wards have broken, and the streets are full of demons. Any you want to know why I haven't called you?" (Page - 222 Magnus Bane).


The end of an era (view spoiler)

CoG finally takes us to the beautiful place that is Idris / Alicante where as per usual chaos ensues of plenty of demon attacks, sexual tensions between the characters and mystery of whose on which side.

(view spoiler)
...more
Ann
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, own
“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.”

EXCUSE ME WHILE I CRY FOREVER

Still my fave in the
...more
Laurel
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
...more
Jasmine
5 STARS! ★★★★★




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 kep
...more
grace
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Re-read) I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
HMSA Summer Reading: Book Review: City of Glass 1 6 Aug 18, 2017 01:52PM  
Goodreads Librari...: Title Sort Correction 4 10 Jul 07, 2017 02:52PM  
2017 Reading Chal...: This topic has been closed to new comments. City of Glass (Mortal Instruments #3) 18 155 Jun 24, 2017 08:32PM  
Around the Year i...: City of Glass, by Cassandra Clare 5 13 Jun 17, 2017 11:36AM  
Isabelle or Maia? 212 465 Jun 07, 2017 04:39PM  
Booktastic Bookah...: March 2017-City of Glass by Cassandra Clare 7 13 Mar 06, 2017 05:38PM  
  • Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, #6)
  • The Reckoning (Darkest Powers, #3)
  • The Iron Daughter
  • The Demon's Surrender (The Demon's Lexicon, #3)
  • Opal (Lux, #3)
  • Demonglass (Hex Hall, #2)
  • Illusions (Wings, #3)
  • Reckoning (Strange Angels, #5)
  • Awake at Dawn (Shadow Falls, #2)
  • The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms, #4)
  • Tiger's Quest (The Tiger Saga, #2)
  • At Grave's End (Night Huntress, #3)
150038
Hello Goodreadsers. Here's my official bio:

"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
...more
More about Cassandra Clare...

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)

Share This Book

“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.” 19097 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.” 9639 likes
More quotes…