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City of Glass

(The Mortal Instruments #3)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  856,902 ratings  ·  29,835 reviews
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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 t
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 541 pages
Published March 24th 2009 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published 2009)
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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 maste…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
The Burning Rose (Jess)
5/5 stars.
Best book so far in the series.
Although I didn’t find time to read (I hate you, university), I did it pretty quickly. I couldn't put the book out of my hands (even tho I had to), it was excellent. I had bits of suspense, curiosity, even nerves.

Finally the characters I love have received the attention they deserve. But come on, why was Cassandra Clare waiting for the third book? Izzy, Alec and Simon were amazing. Although there wasn’t much of Magnus, I enjoyed the parts he participated
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
Caz (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. ...more
reasons i have continued this series:
- gotta do it before i can read 'the infernal devices,' which i have been told is life affirming.
- gotta do it before i can meet will herondale.
- gotta do it because im a perfectionist who hates quitting things.
NOT reasons i have continued this series:
- because i am head over heels in love with it.
i sighed so hard after finishing this book that, i swear, it was heard across the world. why am i not loving this like everyone else?! there has to be something w
***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.
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

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 o
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! ...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 slee
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3), Cassandra Clare

City of Glass is the third book in the urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. In 2009, Walker Books published the third book of the series worldwide.

Clary is at Luke's house with Simon packing for her trip to Idris, in which both of them have conversations based on Clary's goal to save her mother and the struggle she will face when she reaches Idris.

Jace persuades Simon to lie and say that Clary decided not to g
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
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription

Actual Rating: 3.75 stars

“People aren’t born good or bad. Maybe they’re born with tendencies either way, but it’s the way you live your life that matters.”

🌟 I finished my first CC trilogy, I am proud of myself and I am not disappointed. If she keeps getting better then I am pretty sure she will have a spot among my fav authors soon.

🌟 There is something strange about Cassie’s writing, it is not so poetic and flowery an
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
City of Glass, the 3rd-book in Cassie Clare's beloved Mortal Instruments series, brought all the addictive teen drama I was hoping for.

Please note, this is the third installment in the series, therefore some mild spoilers may be found within this review. I do not plan to hide them.

You have been warned!

Clary still needs to save her Mother, who is currently in a magically-induced coma. She thinks the answer lies somewhere within the City of Glass, Alicante, the capital of Idris and the ancestral h
Marcy Jo
Oct 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
Shelves: signed-copy
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
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
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. ...more
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 chara
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 ...more
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, on-app, fantasy
3.5/5 ⭐

Okay, okay. Hear me out - this wasn't bad at all, but it became better towards the end.
Still not excruciatingly impressed with this series.
Not bad, but not wow either.

I did appreciate the fact that we got some important revealings in this book because some aspects were starting to weird me out already. So the answers were much appreciated :)
I don't even know where this series is supposed to go anymore - it just becomes darker and darker. It's kind of intriguing, ya know?

My still-standing
I'm going to review this properly.

April (Aprilius Maximus)
1.) City of Bones ★★★★
2.) City of Ashes ★★★★
3.) City of Glass ★★★★
4.) City of Fallen Angels ★★★
5.) City of Lost Souls ★★★.5
6.) City of Heavenly Fire ★★★★

1.) Clockwork Angel ★★★★★
2.) Clockwork Prince ★★★★★
3.) Clockwork Princess ★★★★★

1.) Lady Midnight [TBA]
2.) Lord of Shadows [TBA]
3.) Queen of Air and Darkness [TBA]

1.) The Red Scrolls of Magic ★★★★.5

1.) Chain of Gold ★★★★★

*.) The Bane Chronicles ★★★★
*.) Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy [TBA]
*.) Ghosts of the Shadow Market ★★★★

Mikee (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
“you could have had anything else in the world, and you asked for me.”

thank you, city of glass gods, for helping me get out of my reading slump that lasted for two whole months and almost killed me. though that also took a bit, because the first third ish of this book is quite slow but once it picks up! man! the second half is soo incredibly good. it’s super fast paced, the character development is beautiful, the conflicts and resolutions are amazing! honestly, there’s not much more to say to
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So good, so very very good! My favorite book in the series so far! It was a surprisingly fast read when I was finally able to just sit down and read. It was such a satisfying ending as well and I can't wait until I get my hands on the next one! ...more
My "Epic Book Recipe" Checklist for City of Glass:

1. A heroine with just the right amount of emotion whom i like? ☑️

2. An absolutely amazing and swoon-worthy love interest who loves her unconditionally and is my son? ☑️

3. An original setting with a unique and thrilling plot? ☑️

4. A couple of earth-shattering shocks every now and then to keep me on my toes? ☑️

5. Extraordinary side characters with interesting backgrounds? ☑️

6. Desperate circumstances that force me to bite my nails in anxiety? ☑️

She-who-must-not-be-named  (exams)
I'm glad this book had a lot more going than just Clary behaving like Jace himself hung the moon and stars every night. ...more
Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms
4.5 Golden stars!


We are in the City of Glass!
I was waiting to go there after book one & when I checked all the titles after that, I knew we were getting there soon! & I was unreasonably happy!
here we are!

to be honest, it started boring (Unlike the first 2) as Clary was just wandering around without any special purpose; in half of the book nothing very exciting (action-packed) happened, they were talking, but it has its Fun parts.
but it's getting more and more exciting toward the End
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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)
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  • City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)
  • City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

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