City of Glass

Please note that this review may contain spoilers for earlier instalments of this series. You can read my reviews of these novels by clicking the links below:

City of Bones | City of Ashes

City of Glass was written by Cassandra Clare and first published in 2009. It is the third instalment of The Mortal Instruments series and was preceded by City of Bones (2007) and City of Ashes (2008), and followed by City of Fallen Angels (2011), City of Lost Souls (2012) and City of Heavenly Fire (2014). Since then, Clare has also published a prequel trilogy titled The Infernal Devices and a sequel series under the name of The Dark Artifices, as well as a spin-off collection of short stories titled The Bane Chronicles which focus on the flamboyant warlock Magnus Bane.

Clary Fray has finally has something that could help save her mother – the name of the warlock who created the potion that put her in a coma. The only problem is that the warlock lives in Idris, the city of the Shadowhunters, and this is somewhere that Jace thinks that she should not go. Clary’s powers are unnatural and he fears how the Clave will react when they learn that she can create new runes.

Jace and the other Shadowhunters try to leave without her, but things go wrong when they are suddenly attacked by a demon. Their only hope of survival is to escape to Idris, yet in doing so Jace drags Simon along with him. This causes immediate complications, as Downworlders are forbidden from entering the City of Glass. Furious with what they have done, Clary recklessly follows and winds up transporting herself and Luke to a lake, miles away from the safety of the city walls.

Clary soon learns that she has not picked the best time to visit the city. The Clave is in session to discuss what should be done about the rising threat of Valentine. It’s not long before the rogue Shadowhunter mounts an attack on the city, giving all who live there the choice to join him or die. Up until now, all Clary has worried about is her mother and forbidden love for Jace. Now, she realises that she is possibly the only one who can save the Shadowhunters from a fate worse than death…

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City of Ashes

City of Ashes

Please note that this review may contain spoilers for its prequel, City of Bones. You can read my review of this novel [here].

Before I begin, I feel I should point out that that all opinions stated on this blog are my own and are strictly reflective of my feelings towards the novel. I understand that Cassandra Clare has a massive and incredibly loyal fan base and I don’t want anyone to think that this is a personal attack. I have nothing against the author or the thousands of people who adore this series but it’s not the story for me. More on that shortly.

City of Ashes is the second instalment of Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series and was first published in 2008. It was preceded by City of Bones (2007) and followed by City of Glass (2009), City of Fallen Angels (2011), City of Lost Souls (2012) and City of Heavenly Fire (2014). It also has a prequel trilogy titled The Infernal Devices and the first volume of its sequel series – The Dark Artifices – is due for release later this year. There is also a spin off collection of short stories titled The Bane Chronicles which was published back in November.

Following the climax of City of Bones, Clary has found that her life has become increasingly complicated. Although she knows now that Jace is her brother, she still struggles with her feelings for him. As Simon declares his love for her, things grow more complicated still. Although he offers her a chance to reclaim some normalcy, how can she be with him while she still wants Jace?

To make matters even worse, Jace is now under the scrutiny of the Clave’s Inquisitor. Now that everyone knows that he is Valentine’s son, the other Shadowhunters refuse to believe that he was unaware of the rogue’s plans and seem to go out of their way to prove that he’s a spy in their midst.

Yet it is hard for Jace to avoid Valentine, as the former Shadowhunter is still determined to amass enough power to destroy the Clave. As a couple of Downworlder children are brutally slain, suspicion immediately turns on the vampires but Clary and her friends realise the truth. Valentine has a new plan and it is up to them to uncover what it is before it is too late. 

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City of Bones

City of Bones

Now where do I begin when tackling this one…

City of Bones is an urban fantasy novel by the bestselling, yet highly controversial author Cassandra Clare. It was first published in 2007 and forms the first part of The Mortal Instruments series, followed by City of Ashes (2008), City of Glass (2009), City of Fallen Angels (2011), City of Lost Souls (2012) and City of Heavenly Fire (due for release later this month). It also has spawned a prequel trilogy called The Infernal Devices and a recently announced sequel series which is to be titled The Dark Artifices, as well as a series of short stories that focus on the secondary character, Magnus Bane.

The novel focuses on Clarissa “Clary” Fray, an ordinary teenager who discovers that the world is not all that she believed it to be when she witnesses a group of tattooed youths slaying a demon. She soon learns that the youths belong to an order known as the Shadowhunters (a group of humans imbibed with celestial attributes) who help to keep the balance between the human and demon worlds by eliminating all monsters (called Downworlders) who pose a threat to humankind.

Clary is particularly drawn to the arrogant-yet-skilled Jace, who is in turn intrigued by the fact that she is an ordinary human (or mundane) who has the ability to perceive supernatural occurrences, although it seems that a spell has been placed on Clary’s memory to prevent them from discovering why this is. Clary is initially torn between her attraction to Jace and desire to continue her normal life, she is soon forced to turn to the Shadowhunters for help when demons kidnap her mother.

However, rescuing her mother is no simple task. Valentine – a Shadowhunter who once betrayed his order and attempted to destroy all of the Downworlders – has returned from the grave and is now searching for the Mortal Cup (an ancient artefact with the power to turn mundane children into Shadowhunters). Clary soon discovers that Valentine is the one who has orchestrated her mother’s disappearance and sets out with her new friends to find a way to remove her memory block and discover how she is connected to Valentine and the Shadowhunters…

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