TITLE: City of Glass
AUTHOR: Cassandra Clare
SERIES? Book 3/6 “The Mortal Instruments”
GENRE/ AGE RANGE: Fantasy, YA
TRIGGER WARNINGS: Death, injury, loss of a loved one
TAGS: Gay side-character
PUBLICATION DATE: March 24th, 2009
Character Guide ⇩
►Clary Fray → Main character, Shadowhunter, torn between shadowhunter/mundane world
►Simon Lewis → Clary’s best friend, Daylighter/Vampire
►Jace Wayland → Shadowhunter, arrogant but gets more tolerable in books 2 & 3
►Alec Lightwood → Shadowhunter, ya boi is gay af
►Izzy (Isabelle) Lightwood → Shadowhunter, cute and powerful, I love her a lot
►Max Lightwood → Shadowhunter, youngest Lightwood sibling, cute, likes manga
►Magnus Bane → High Warlock of Brooklyn, Bisexual, powerful, very chill
►Luke Garroway → Wolf, A good dad
►Jocelyn Fray → Clary’s mother
►Maia → biracial, wolf, ptsd, scar along her neck
►Sebastian → Shadowhunter
►Ailene → Shadowhunter
City of Bones | ★★★☆☆ | review
City of Ashes | ★★★☆☆ | review
“People aren’t born good or bad. Maybe they’re born with tendencies either way, but its the way you live your life that matters.”
Okay, we’re finally here! I know my City of Ashes only went up at the beginning of July but it honestly feels like it’s been so much longer since I’ve sat down and written a Shadowhunter review, so I’m both terrified to be here and super excited at the same time!
So, here’s the tea (*shudders* I can’t believe I just said that), I actually really enjoyed this book. I rated the first two books 3 stars and actually gave this one a 4 stars which was mildly shocking to me but also a really fun surprise!
“Is this the part where you say if I hurt her, you’ll kill me?”
“No” Simon said, “If you hurt Clary she’s quite capable of killing you herself. Possibly with a variety of weapons.”
I think I’ve finally figured out what it is about these books that keeps me reading – I love the relationships between the characters – not the romantic relationships, but the platonic ones. I LOVE the family dynamic between the main group, especially what we get to see with the Lightwoods. It brings me great joy to read about. I also LOVE the dynamic between Clary, Simon and Luke! I’m seriously a sucker for the found family trope.
- Really enjoying the relationship between Luke, Clary and Simon – I enjoy the family relationships in these books.
- Interesting Simon/Jace dynamic
- More focus on Simon – the relationship between Downworlders & The Clave
- A lot if this one takes place in Alicante – its actually really interesting to see a place where Shadowhunters all live together sort of away from Mundanes – very racist and arrogant – you can tell almost instantly the difference between how the main characters act at the Institute compared to in Alicante. — Finally, get to see the Shadowhunters in their element – warriors
- Alec in a leadership role! Finally! – Just in general, Alec really stepped up in this book and I was living for it! I’m really interested to see how his character will develop in the rest of the series!
- I actually don’t hate Maryse, though I assumed I would when I first started re-reading the series so I’m assuming something happens to make me dislike her at some point.
“Not everything is about you,” Clary said furiously.
“Possibly,” Jace said, “but you do have to admit that the majority of things are.”
THE BAD | *SOME SPOILERS*
I mentioned this in my review of City of Ashes but I seriously don’t know how y’all read these books as they were released. The only reason I have kept reading so far is because I know most of the plot twists for The Mortal Instruments (though, I know next to nothing about the other series).
The one BIG problem I’ve had with these books so far is the romances. I like the idea of Izzy and Simon together but they have no chemistry, and I do like Alec and Magnus, though not as much as everyone else seems to (I’m sorry, please don’t hurt me). And, the big kahuna – Clary and Jace! They think they’re siblings and it’s weird. Seriously weird.
Also, and this is something I want to stress [SPOILERS!] Clary and Jace do kiss, on purpose, with their faces, WHILE THEY STILL THINK THEY’RE RELATED. And, that, my friends, is gross.
But, if you know anything about this series, you also know that *gasp* they’re not actually related and it was all a trick! *falls down* Cassie Clare how could you! (no but seriously, CC what was the point of this???)
BUT, and here’s the real clincher – Clary, the poor girl, does actually get to have the incestuous kiss of her dreams because, as it turns out, she ends up kissing her real brother in this book anyway! 🤷♀️🤷♀️🤷♀️ Isn’t that nice?!!?!! 🤮🤮🤮
I really don’t want to talk about it anymore because it’s making me want to throw up my lunch so here are some of the notes I made while reading these very touching and romantic scenes:
- Clary and her siblings are FREAKING ME THE F OUT Y’ALL NEED TO STOP SNOGGING
- [context: I’m talking about her actual brother, not Jace]: He kissed her I’m disgusted. What was the point of this???
- [context: Clary & Jace]: There’s a lot of love declarations and kissing for two people who are supposed to be related. This is really fucking weird. If I hadn’t already been spoiled, I probably wouldn’t have read past book 1.
- Ooh we love an incest love declaration 💕😍💃🌈💞🤔🙏🤮🤮🤮 – this entire scene makes me want to throw up, y’all are disgusting why is this happening to me???
- No offence to Clary but she does some seriously dumb shit – opening her own portal even though it could legit kill her etc. etc.
- Simon really gets the short end of the stick in this series.
- Simon has Seal of Solomon burned into his hand via the clave to turn his faith against him, when I said he gets the short end of the stick, I clearly had no idea.
- There’s basically no Maia in this book and I’m mad about it – what was the point of introducing her in the first place???
- The angel killed Valentine – very anticlimactic
- The ending was so anticlimactic and quick – everything was solved in a paragraph bc of an angel. *sighs* Everything just feels so pointless now.
“In the end that was the choice you made, and it doesn’t matter how hard it was to make it. It matters that you did.”
Overall, I did really enjoy this instalment, especially all the found family and family, in general, bonding but I wasn’t a big fan of the romantic choices made in this book!
As I was reading I also thought multiple times that this would be so interesting to see on-screen but I didn’t like the movie when I saw it 10,000 years ago and I don’t think the show did this storyline??? So idk???
Also, I did appreciate that once we got to the half-way point it really started to feel like a finale which I was really enjoying. I’m honestly, really curious to see why Clare decided to continue the series since this felt like a good place to end the characters’ storylines, especially since I have heard some not so great things about the next 3 books that got tacked on a few years later. Do you guys have any thoughts on the second trilogy?
Also, I didn’t know where to put this in my review, so I guess I’ll just add it on here, but Alec is actually a lot more laid back and sarcastic in the books than he is on-screen. He has a very dry wit/sense of humour and I appreciate it a lot.