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City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  685,992 Ratings  ·  24,258 Reviews
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ACE #1

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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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., 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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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
Aug 08, 2009 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.
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
Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
After all that's been going on with Cassie Clare lately I can't have this on my page anymore. Sorry peeps!
***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.
Chelsea Humphrey
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Emma Giordano
I really enjoyed the wrap up of this "phase" of The Mortal Instruments. I had heard varied opinions on the ending, how some people felt the pay off didn't hold a candle to the amount of detailing and set up required to get there, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, probably because I was expecting (view spoiler) but instead we get (view spoiler) ...more
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 If loving you is wrong I don't wanna be right Stars

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* 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
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf 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
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
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
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.
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

1.) City of Bones ★★★
2.) City of Ashes ★★

Friends, I did it! I read the whole trilogy! Over a decade late, but aren’t you proud? And more importantly, I can finally move on to TID with Clockwork Angel! And I am so hyped, because I know this is the start of the series that you all really love! And I hope I do, too! And I got really excited seeing some names that I’ve vaguely seen you all scream about!

“Each tomb looked like a little house; some even had metal or wire gates, and the names of Shad
Feb 04, 2013 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
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Chris Horsefield
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
4 Stars!

Buddy read with The Salty One :')

I'm late. I know... this was supposed to go up however long ago but I've been so busy I haven't had time D: anyway here we go!

So this isn't my favourite book of TMI, the first section of the book goes so slowly for me for some reason and it took a bit of time for me to get myself fully emerged into the book, however once I got past that I was invested! Although saying that, the first chapter started off intense and I was there for it!

The story really does
destiny ☠ howling libraries
#1 City of Bones ★★★★☆
#2 City of Ashes ★★★☆☆
#3 City of Glass ★★★★☆
#4 City of Fallen Angels ★★★★★
#5 City of Lost Souls
#6 City of Heavenly Fire

A lot of people told me that the series picked up with book three, and I have to say that those people were absolutely right—this was an easy 4.5-star read and I almost rounded up to 5, even. The pacing was better than the first two books, the character development was delightful, and all of the delicious angst and romance and fighting that Cassie writes
Μaria Vrisanaki
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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
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Mar 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
WOW. Don't mind me guys just feeling all da feels rn
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Continuing my buddy reread with Beth! (I am so sorry I am a failure with creative names lol) Once again, I barely remembered any of the story (things I remembered actually came from the TV show but then it just confused me because of how different the show and the books are 😂) so it was really nice getting to read this as if I were reading for the first time!

City of Glass is definitely my fave The Mortal Instruments so far. A large part of that is because the Jace/Clary/Simon love triangle is fi
Ashley Brooks
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Definitely the best one so far. Let's be real, I can't take another book of (view spoiler)
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5++++ stars!


Okay I’m hooked. The previous books where good, but not spectacular and gripping like this one. It was everything I hoped it would be and I loved every single word in this. Some things broke my heart and others made me so intensely happy. The characters have grown so much, the amount of action in this book is insane, the plot was out of this world! I’m just going to sit here and listen the book all over again. Oh and cry. This is going to be on my favorites list!!!!
Note: Listened to
HOLY COW, that was something. How can I explain this book?
Imagine the perfect day at Disneyland: you buy merchandise of your favorite franchises, you take a bunch of pictures, you hang out with your best friends and family, and you get to eat your own weight in all different kinds of foods like ice cream, churros, and popcorn. But then you decide to ride on a rollercoaster. The deadliest rollercoaster known to mankind. Eating all those foods wasn't a great choice: you vomit in the middle of the
Emma Giordano
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
hi i've obviously read this book a million times i'm just adding it to my "read" for this year
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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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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The Mortal Instruments (6 books)
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  • 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)
“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.” 19494 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.” 9859 likes
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