City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

What a great ending to the Mortal Instruments trilogy.  OK, I’m sad to see it end but couldn’t think of a better way to end it.  Looking back at the three books, I can now see how Clare very cleverly dropped breadcrumbs from the first book through to this one that could have helped you make the leap to the end – but you just could never be sure with all the twists and turns.   Ah…  I don’t want to give anything away – but I’m so excited about this….

Clary goes back to Alicante to try and find a book that holds the cure for her mother.  She discovers that nobody really wanted her there and begins to waver, but resolves to cure her mother no matter what.  In the meantime Valentine is setting things in motion for a big war between the Demons and the Shadowhunters, placing Jace or rather Jonathan in the middle of it all again.  The pace of this story keeps you on your toes and wanting more at the end of every chapter.

I really appreciated the author’s approach to these books, at no time was I left with the feeling of “I’ve read this before” or “why are you telling me this again”.  You could probably read each of these books separately, so not as a trilogy, but I think you would miss out on the character development and the overall plot.

In class the other day, someone mentioned that we should be on the lookout for books on Zombies and Angels – since this is where one stream of YA books is going.  The mortal instruments trilogy combines the whole bad-guy world with the good-guys.  YOu see the vampires, faeries, werewolves and warlocks in these books, but one of the key themes that really comes out in the last book, is the Angel aspect.  I think Clare did a wonderful job of incorporating these out of this world characters in one excellent trilogy.


Ages: 14 and up

Clare, Cassandra.  (2009).  City of Glass. New York, NY:  Margaret K. McElderry Books

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