The third novel in the Mortal Instruments series, City of Glass occurs two weeks after City of Ashes.
We start the story with Clary getting ready to go to Idris with the Lightwoods in an attempt to find Ragnor Fell for the antidote to wake Jocelyn from her self-induced coma. While Clary wants to go, others are not as enthusiastic about her journey. Luke is hesitant for her to go without him, but being a Downworlder he cannot enter Idris without permission. Neither can Simon go, having just been turned into a vampire – and one who can walk in daylight, a feat no other vampire has been able to accomplish. Most adamant about Clary not going is Jace, but his reasons are far different from Luke or Simon’s as he continues to struggle with his feelings for Clary.
In this volume, we meet a few new characters. There’s Aline Penhallow, daughter of Patrick and Jia Penhallow, old friends of the Lightwoods. We are introduced to Amatis Herondale, Luke’s older sister who was once married to Circle member Stephen Herondale. There’s also Sebastian Verlac, Aline’s cousin who turns out not to be who he says he is. This volume of the Mortal Instruments has a bit more action than the previous books. There’s a demon battle in the middle of the story in Alicante, the capital of Idris that is supposed to be warded against demon entry. Another battle at Broceliand forest occurs later in the story, but this battle is hardly spoken about since the fight between Jace and Sebastian, then the following confrontation between Clary, Jace, and Valentine is occurring at the same moment.
Without spoiling too much of the story for those who have not read the series, Jace isn’t Valentine’s son but we do find out who is, and who Jace is actually related to; Jocelyn is revived from her comatose state and attempts to reconcile with Clary by telling her everything; Clary convinces the Clave of her rune creating abilities; and Simon comes into himself, accepting the fact that he is a vampire but still trying to retain his humanity. There are also a few tear inducing moments in the story, mostly centered around the Lightwoods but again I will refrain from spoilers.
I both loved and hated City of Glass more than its predecessors. By now it’s no secret that Clary and Jace are far from my favorite characters. Their angst in this story is a bit overwhelming for me, the whole “incestuous love” deal they are both struggling with. Luckily that is resolved at the end, but it was difficult for me to get through their parts because of it. With the supporting characters playing a larger role in this volume and developing in their own right, that helped to balance out my dislike of Clary and Jace. Surprisingly for me, my favorite parts actually revolved around Simon and his acceptance of the individual he has become.
Now that I have completed the first half of the series, I’m somewhat looking forward to reading the remaining half – if only because a few of my favorite characters feature a little more. *coughBrotherZachariahcough*
My rating: 4/5