Review: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

city of glassReviewed by Jen

Finally.  In this finale to the original Mortal Instruments trilogy, Cassandra Clare rewards readers for suffering through three books of angst… by giving us everything we’ve been waiting for.  Is it perfect?  No.  Sometimes the foreshadowing is heavy-handed; the emotional drama is over the top; and the resolution predictable.  Did that make it any less satisfying? Not really.

As the story begins, the Shadowhunters are all being called back to their home country of Idris to confer on the threat Valentine poses to the Clave.  Clary wants desperately to go, so she can seek out the warlock that can wake her mother from a coma. But Jace desperately wants to keep her away. He fears that if the council figures out her extraordinary gifts, she could be in danger.  So he concocts a plan to leave her home while he and the Lightwoods portal away.

Of course, Clary refuses to be left behind and makes her own way. The story follows her journey in Idris; Valentine’s final plan to take over the Clave; and the devastating heartache surrounding the impossible relationship between Clary and Jace.

I really enjoyed the exploration of Idris.  I loved seeing the culture we’ve only had a taste of through the Lightwood clan.  I loved meeting Luke’s sister and visiting Jace’s childhood home.  But more than anything else, I loved the angst-ridden rollercoaster we go on with Clary and Jace.  Their overpowering emotions, coupled with the complete hopelessness that they could ever be together made my inner teenager rail against the futility of it all.  I rolled around in the Big Feelings and reveled in the drama.  And so when the big reveal (which even a blind man could see coming in a snowstorm) happened, I couldn’t have been happier.

In the simplest terms, Cassandra Clare gives us all the happy endings possible.  Sure, there are a couple of deaths and gay kisses to up the street cred.  There’s some innuendo –and Clary even calls her mother by her first name(!) But it’s YA. It’s designed for teenagers who can only think of real love as BIG and impossible.   In fact, everything is Big. The plotting, the swordfighting, the epic battling, the pining, the betrayals, the kissing.  Just without any pesky cursing or sex.

I may mock a little, but like I said… I bought it hook, line, and sinker.  And I will totally read the next one.  After all, I am curious to see what comes after a HEA.

Rating: B+

Click to purchase: Amazon

City of Glass
by Cassandra Clare
Release Date: March 24, 2009
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

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