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Love is a mortal sin, and the secrets of the past are deadly. Plunge into the third installment in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly).

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters—never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City—whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of bestselling series the Mortal Instruments.

Includes an exclusive sneak peek of the fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series: City of Fallen Angels! And don't miss the teaser from Clockwork Angel, the first book in the Infernal Devices trilogy, the prequel to the Mortal Instruments series.

Topics: Urban, New York City, Adventurous, Suspenseful, Romantic, Heartfelt, Angsty, Dark, Trilogy, Vampires, Demons, Werewolves, Angels, Family, Love, Fairies, War, Friendship, Wizards, Immortality, Incest, Shapeshifting, Magical Creatures, Coming of Age, and Multiple Perspectives

Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books on Mar 24, 2009
ISBN: 9781439158425
List price: $9.99
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This book will keep you on edge and possibly in tears- either from happiness or sadness.read more
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City of Glass the final novel in The Mortal Instruments trilogy. In continues the tale of City of Bones and City of Ashes. The emotional struggle between Jace and Clary continues, and often distracts these two main characters from their initiatives. Clary, who is trying to save her mother, is swept in the current of the new impending war from Valentine, her father, and a possible new love interest that goes awry, Sebastian. Jace's life goal is to defeat Valentine, but is he strong enough to kill his father?If the family history wasn't confusing and twisted enough, you will be surprised by the details that occur before Jace and Clary's recognition. You learn how the two got their extra powers! The conflict between the Downworlders and the Clave will also finally be addressed, thanks to Clary, Simon, and Luke.I personally loved this novel because it is just very interesting to learn about these intricacies and how maybe things aren't always what they seem. This novel, although similar to the two previous novels, addresses the multiple relationships between people on a more human and emotional basis. The previous two were more to set up the characters and plot. I really think that the series was written for the final book because everything finally comes out and the human aspect of the novel is smooth.read more
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Imagine being a sibling of the person you love the most in the world, but you're afraid that people will turn their heads in disgust and laugh at your incestuous ways. The days pass and you start to avoid each other due to what others may think of you. As you start to die in a battle against someone you thought you were, you have just been told the truth that you and your lover weren't actually siblings. Ouch, to me and you it would have been like a slap across the face, but to Jace (a main character) it's like someone stabbed a knife into his heart, and slowly removed it just to watch him suffer and he's awake and feeling every fraction of pain. The book is set in a place beloved by Shadowhunters it’s predicted to be located between France and Germany, Alicante. As described, the aroma of Alicante makes you feel like you're at home. It tends to give you a feeling of being safe and protected because of the wards. Those who are not granted permission to enter the City of Glass shall not enter. Teleporting into the city is absolutely impossible unless there is someone waiting for you from the Clave and they are expecting you. All entrances to the city are securely guarded. Of course, when the wards are up, nothing can penetrate the wards. However, there is a way to take the wards down. Therefore it is not completely reliable. Alicante, capital of Idris which is also known as The City of Glass is the home to the Shadowhunters. The reason it is known as the City of Glass is because of the glass towers that protects the city with the wards put on it. In whichever way you look at the city, the glass towers are always a beautiful sight. For example; in the morning when the sun rises and spills its sunlight onto the city, the glass towers are showered in a brilliant layer of light. In this book Hodge had said “You have never seen a city till you have seen Alicante of the glass towers.” He had described how much he longed to go back to Alicante. All the Shadowhunters that were brought up there loved the city, because they could call it their home, The City of Glass. Seeing the glass towers giving off its glow is such a beautiful sight, but when the light dims then that’s when you’re in trouble. When the wards were taken down a huge battle occurred between the ones that sided with Valentine (the person who wanted a change in the Clave, but took severe measures to achieve that) and the Shadowhunters and Downworlders. Clary (the main character) tries to find the antidote for her mother which is under a spell causing her to be in a coma-like state. They spent majority of their time trying finding the Gray book. The Gray book contains powerful spells and Runes that include the cure for Clary’s mother, and everyone wants to get their hands on it. But, does Clary have the ability to obtain the Gray Book herself? Right before the battle, Clary created a completely new rune. It was called “Alliance” because they allied Shadowhunters and Downworlders. What the rune did was bind the partner’s powers and it gives them the ability to have their partner’s skills. They have fought a great, but short battle. Will they be the last ones standing or shall the opposing army prevail? What will become of the Shadowhunters after the wards are down? I would recommend this book to everyone! Anyone who loves romance, fantasy, and likes twists and curves in the plot would love this book! I absolutely loved reading this book. You could ask anyone, and they would say that I loved this book because I literally brought it everywhere with me! You could even say I was a little obsessed. I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel!read more
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I continue to be impressed with Clare's ability to combine material from other stories into something quite different. She's still borrowing heavily from the Buffy and Star Wars canon, but Clare has brought her trilogy to a satisfying conclusion. The background behind Jace and Clary's supposed siblinghood is revealed, and some explanation is given for the startling abilities Clary exhibits in previous books. Although some of the explanations and resolutions are fairly predictable, the process of getting to them is enjoyable.read more
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WOW!!! Hands Down to Cassandra Clare.The Mortal Instruments books are amazing. I've Read Twilight, House of Night, Blue Bloods, Vampire Academy, Evermore/Blue Moon and Wow... I have not read anything like this. The way she moves from one point of view to another is amazing. I don't even know what category this should go under: Romance, Mystery, Thriller, Science Fiction, or Fantasy? I mean WOW. I didn't think putting all the different Species/Demons (if I can call them that) could create such an outstanding story. I can't wait for her next project (The infernal Devices) to come out. I love all of the characters. Great piece of work. I'm hooked and want more. :)read more
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Well I called it. I called it the very second I reached the full stop at the end of the sentence in the first book where we "discover" that Jace and Clary are brother and sister. I don't even want to put this in spoiler tags because I can't believe anyone in the world was actually stupid enough to believe for one second that Cassandra Clare was a good enough author to make the incestuous relationship actually be true because we all knew there was no way in hell that it was ever going to be. We all knew it was just the author wasting our time with a book and a half on teenager angst.And let's all be honest here, the series should be over now. If Cassandra Clare had any of the grace Richelle Mead did the Jace/Clary trilogy would end here and we would continue the series with Simon going back to NYC. This is clearly where the series ends and yet it continues on anyway. My only hope is that with the horrible 'epic' romance out of the way we can finally have just a story with as much Simon time as possible. I've more or less gotten over hating Jace as a character and just hate how much of a clichefest he is but Simon remains the primary reason I keep reading these books. I just wish Mortal Instruments had ended as a nice trilogy so we could spin-off with Simon as our protagonist. He's clearly the most interesting person right now as a new vampire who can walk in daylight and has the actual Mark of Cain on his brow so I don't know how anyone else can compete. Having read the blurb for the next book though I have to wonder at our dear hack author rewriting his character so he's now two-timing his girlfriends.read more
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Well - definately a teen book in a teen series, but enjoyable none-the-less. The twists do a bit of a backflip - or at least half a backflip. Predictably the good guys win, but it does have a bit of fun getting thereread more
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I can't believe I finished this. Its such a shock to me that I actually finished this book. And all I can think now is Damn! I need the next book. Why is it coming out in April? Why? And why do we all have to wait for the last two books as well? A year is WAY too long a wait for me so the last one better be the best!Clary's back again and raising hell alongside sexy not-really-her brother Jace! I literally jumped up cheering when I read the moment of truth that we were all waiting for. The only reason I'm disappointed they're not related is because now Jace can no longer be mine :(. I liked how at first, the two started off with a rocky relationship that gradually passed over. I mean, it took some time which they obviously needed. And now they can finally be together!But I have to say, I cheered even more when Alec made out with Magnus in front of EVERYONE. Seriously, if Jace noticed that these two had problems to work out, then that's just sad. It made me really happy to see Alec mature and finally admit to himself and his family that he's gay and he's in LOVE with Magnus Bane. They are the cutest couple ever and one of my favorite couples ever!Simon wasn't annoying in this book. I am happy to say that. Being a vampire made his personality WAY more enjoyable. One thing that did kind of bug me was how at the end, Jace and Simon admitted they were friends. I mean, I loved the love-hate relationship between them. They knew they were friends, they didn't need to say it out loud. I honestly hope this doesn't ruin their bantering.The one moment that honestly killed me was reading that Max died. That was simply killer. To me, I felt that this was a useless death. It wasn't necessary, yet it happened anyway. I still don't understand why he died, it doesn't make sense and it made me very depressed.The ending was a little cliche for me but I pretty much liked how things wrapped up. I'm so anxious to get the fourth book City of Fallen Angels but in the meantime, I'll be reading Clockwork Angel to pass the time. So far, the prequel seems great. Great job Cassandra Clare, for your work on this magnificent series.Rating: 5 out of 5 Starsread more
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I came across this series while looking for e-books online. While I didn’t find the e-book, I did find a sample of the audiobook for the first in the series, City of Bones, which I downloaded. I didn’t get around to actually listening to it until I had my wisdom teeth removed a few weeks ago, and I needed something to do to help me relax and take my mind off of my sore mouth before bed. The series had been on my reading list for awhile, but was always checked out and on reserve at the library.Now I know why.The series consists of the following three books: City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass. The main character of the series is Clary Fray, a teenage girl who lives with her single mom in New York. Her life seems average, until the night when she comes across three Shadowhunters (demon hunters), in a local night club. What’s more is, Clary is the only one who can see them. Soon after her strange encounter, Clary’s mother disappears, and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. As Clary and her best friend, Simon, search for answers, Clary begins to realize that things are not always what they seem, and she is thrust into a world of demons, Downworlders (vampires, warlocks, faeries, and werewolves), and Shadowhunters.This series was extremely well-written, and will satisfy teens looking for another fantasy romance as well as those readers who are looking for something a bit deeper. The characters are well-developed and the reader is easily able to identify with them, as well as with the situations they are placed in. The books deal with prevalent teen issues such as love, heartbreak, family, and friendship as well as more advanced topics such as redemption, temptation, and even the argument of nature vs.nurture. With an overabundance of teen fantasy novels being published since the onset of the Twilight saga, the Mortal Instruments series offers something that stands out above the rest.read more
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Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 3.25

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First thought when finished: The epilogue and Simon pretty much pulled the book out of the "2" category for me!

What did I Love: I really love the richness of the world that Casandra Clare has created. She know how to bring elements in that makes it seem very familiar and yet it is something utterly unique. Simon was possibly my favorite character in City of Glass. He has come such a long way since book 1 and it is nice that he is embracing his vampire side. I also loved the epilogue. I felt that it pulled together all 3 books in a way that was believable and not over stated.

What I Liked: Jace and Clary really kind of grew on me the 2nd half of City of Glass. I started to really like their spirit and spunk. I felt they both came into their own and really owned who they were. Plus I was glad that the storyline that I could not stand finally got tied up (though it still took to much of the book).

What made me go huh?: I had a few problems with this book but they all seemed to resolve themselves in the 2nd half. I didn't like the bro/sis storyline and it just got creepier as it went on. Also, I have to admit not a fan of the parents (parental figures) letting the kids run all over them. I just don't like that particular story device. However, none of these would bug a huge fan of YA.

Audio Rating: Narrated by Natalie Moore, the audio for the book is pretty well done. The pacing, accents, and pronunciations were delivered with ease. I will be continuing the series in audio. Running time was 15 hours 21 min.

Final Thought: Fans of the series will love this for all the loose ends it ties up.read more
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So much is going on in this book! It felt like every paragraph ended with a cliffhanger. There was just so much to take in and I loved it all! The term tortured hero couldn’t apply more to Jace in this book. His character is darker this time round but he is still fundamentally a good guy. I loved how all the characters seemed to mature so much in this book, in particular Simon and Clary. It is fast paced and packed with extraordinary descriptive visions and creatures. Clare has created a magnificent and wild world that is completely believable.The story is full of twists, one huge one in the form of Sebastian! It delves further into the relationship between Magnus and Alec, much to my delight. I’d like to see more on them in City of Fallen Angels. Magnus is such a character with all his quirky clothes and blue glitter.At this stage all of the books have just blurred together for me, but I still think this one is my favourite because it centered around Jace and Clary a lot more than the other ones. I usually don’t include quotes in my reviews but I’m just going to add a few that I keep gushing over!"There is no pretending," Jace said with absolute clarity. "I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I'll love you then.""And I'm suppose to sit by while you date boys and fall in love with someone else, get married...?" His voice tightened. "And meanwhile, I'll die a little bit more every day, watching."And just one more quote for some Lols!"I am a man" he told her, "and men do not consume pink beverages. Get thee gone woman, and bring me something brown." – JaceOver all, I am adoring this series and am delighted with the end of this book. I was completely sucked into the world of shadow hunters and the relationship between Jace and Clary. However I’ll be taking a break from Young Adult for a while, I can’t handle all this teenage angst. I’m giving it 5 stars, and I HIGHLY recommend this series!read more
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Always suspense, love, drama, and intensity! Watch out katniss and Peeta! Clary and Jace could be the next star crossed lovers from district... New York City!read more
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This was the book of the trilogy I enjoyed the most. The characters did seem to grow and the story continued to twist and turn. During a visit to the Shadowhunters' home land, a war breaks out as Valentine continues his quest to control and "purify" the shadowhunters from the influence of downworlders. Jace and Clary continue to figure out their relationship and other conflicts that have arisen in earlier books are resolved and further developed.read more
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Fantastic book! It pulls you into an alternate reality, where you become so wrapped up in the character's lives and what will happen to them. It is the best kind of book to read, one which grabs you and takes you away to another place! Perfect end to a fantastic series!read more
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From book one, I've been hooked. Completely and totally hooked. Really, from page one, I was hooked-- I'm not even joking. Cassandra Clare's fantasy world captivated me from the very beginning, and that hold hasn't lessened in the two books since. Like I've said before-- it has everything in it: romance, action, suspense, wit, et cetera. And the characters vary too-- from werewolves to faeries, vampires to humans, demons to angels. With a cast list like that, how can you not find something in the book that interests you? Uh huh, that's what I thought! Clare has a way of constantly twisting the story plot, keeping the readers on their toes, without confusing us. Not always an easy thing to do, but Clare does it wonderfully! Just when you think that you know where the story is going, which side a particular character is on, Clare throws you a curve ball that sets you back (almost) to square one. Its one of the reasons why the books are so engaging--- the reader has to think about it, and try to keep up, unless of course they'd rather just enjoy the ride until the end when everything is resolved. I prefer trying to figure things out as the book goes, but with Clare's novels, it is sometimes a bit of a challenge. All the more reasons to enjoy it! **SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT FOLLOWS**Of course, the one thing I knew from book one, no matter how many curve balls she threw our way, was that Jace and Clary are not siblings. There, I said it. If it comes as a surprise to any readers out there, then I'm sorry for 'spoiling' that, but I think most readers have known all along, and strongly believed it in our hearts, that the two of them could never be siblings-- they belong together, they connect in a way couldn't be because of 'shared' blood. Plus, there were too many little clues and twists along the way that always made me realize that Jace wasn't really Johnathan. But I'm not going to go into too many details about this, one, because it's long and complicated if you haven't read all the books yet, and second, because I don't want to spoil anything else! Just trust me, and after you read COG, you too will probably think back to all the little things from the previous books that helped to point it out. Besides the amazing story, I loved City of Glass because of the wit and sarcasm that I have come to expect and adore in the series, especially from Jace. It's so much a part of not only the characters, but the story, and it makes what would otherwise be a very dark and rich book (in a good way!) into one that has it's moments of lightness. I laughed at more than a few quotes in the book, in all of the books, actually, and some of them are where you least expect it. As much as I love a good strong fantasy book, heavy in plot and development, I want to have a few laughs along the way, too, and City of Glass delivers on both accounts. Clary is a very strong character, and I enjoyed following her story through the series. Sometimes I find the heroine in books to be weak or annoying, but Clary was perfect-- as were most of the other interesting characters we are introduced to. From the flamboyant Magnus Bane (a gay warlock that falls for Alec) to the timid-turned-strong Simon, I enjoyed learning more about them all. They all added their own thing to the books, like layers on a cake-- without the one beneath it, the next one wouldn't be possible. I would love to hear more about them, especially some of the minor characters.... Its one of the reasons why it is so hard to see a good series end! But what an end it was! I wasn't at all disappointed, and I doubt that you will be either. It was everything I expected, not only the action scenes, but seeing Jace and Clary finally fall for each other. Jace, for all his tough, bad-ass shell, proves again and again that he has a tender side in City of Glass. No wonder I love him so much! Seriously, why can't more men/boys in the real world have personalities and characteristics like those of the heroes from our favorite books?! 5/5 STARS! A dazzling ending to a brilliant series, City of Glass is everything the fans could possibly want, and more. The only disappointment will be at the end-- when the story is over, and there's no more to look forward to. (However, Clare does have a new series, a sort of prequel to this one, with different Shadowhunters from the 1800's or so, planned. Sadly, the first one won't be out until next year at the earliest.) A perfect example of fantasy and romance, humor and action, City of Glass (and the other two books) belong on any die-hard fantasy/romance fan's shelf, no matter the age. I would highly recommend Clare's work-- possibly even above Twilight---which is a very high compliment to give, if you know me and my love of Meyer's books... :Dread more
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The third book of the Mortal Instrument series. This was my personal favorite of the three, as it made me cry, laugh, gasp, sigh, worry, all of the emotions that only a marvelous author can bring out. The ending didn't exactly do suffice to me, because after all that had happened it kind of seemed anticlimactic. But that's what an ending's supposed to be, right? Anyways, you should have seen my face when I found out there were going to be three more books in the series. Can't wait can't wait can't wait! I wonder what it'll be like with Valentine out of the way... read more
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OH MY GOD! I think...no THIS is my favorite out of three! I loved it! Couldn't put it down! Finally! Jace and Clary together!“There is no pretending," Jace said with absolute clarity. "I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I'll love you then.”I kind of had a feeling they couldn't be brother and sister. When Sebastian showed up, that's when I was 100% sure he was Valentines son.Because Jace was definitely not of demon blood, I mean c'mon we all know what an Angel he is;D A TOTALLY H-O-T-T Angel;DThis book made me laugh at times! I love Simone as a vampire! His relationship with Jace was hilarious! Alec and Magnusread more
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One of the best young adult series I've read in a long, long time. Thoroughly enjoyable with characters that are very easy to like, very easy to enjoy. It’s a fun read.read more
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This is a must read! The first two novels in this series were amazing but they just don't compare to City of Glass. We follow Clary, Jace, and the rest of the characters to Alicante, where everything just starts falling into place. I've read that people disliked where it was predictable in parts but I didn't find any of that to be a problem. There was action, romance, comedy and everything fit well together. I hated to see it end, but am glad now that it is the ending no more. May 2011 will bring us City of Fallen Angels which will no doubt be another hit in this wonderful series! I've read them all twice now and I know I will never get sick of them. This is mynumber 1 favorite series! They are also not just for YA, i'm 20 and I absolutely loved this book and entire series, my mother and grandmother did as well too! If your looking for a great read then don't hesitate to pick up this series! It will blow you away! Keep it coming Clare!! :)read more
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I find myself inclined towards favoring the middle works of trilogies - Empire Strikes Back for example - and Clare's The Mortal Instruments follows that vein. Perhaps it is something in the rush of building upon the introduction the first in a series provides, yet not allowing for the final resolution that will come in the third. So when I arrive at the concluding chapter of trilogies, there is always that sense of sorrowful anticipation that the story is almost completed. Having been fortunate enough to receive an ARC of this book, I am left wondering if the salivation of waiting two more months until its March release would have heightened the thrill. Delayed gratification? Impossible I suppose. I am American after all. Be that as it may, the thrill radiated from this book. I dare not comment but indirectly for fear of spoiling the surprise and delight of discovering this joyous conclusion to a brilliant series, however I will say that City of Glass made me love Jace more, respect Clary for the young woman we see mature, and dearly hope that Clare has many more tales to relate on the horizon. Her villains are complex, her protagonists troubled but not whiny, her story is detailed and surprising, and she relates all of this with skill and joy.read more
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Clary's mother is still in a coma at the hospital, Valentine is on the loose and Jace & Clary just learnt they are siblings, which makes everything much more complicated. Can it get any worst? The Lightwells have been summoned by the Clave after the events of New York and Clary wants to tag along in hopes to save her mother from her condition. But Jace won't let her, and Clary, true to her stubborn self, will find a way to make it to the City of Glass anyway.Not a classy entrance, and one that will create many waves in a community on the edge of a big crisis - a war is coming.I LOVED City of Glass, the entire book is a rollercoaster of emotions and nothing is what is seems. Friends and foes mix in together to give this novel an amazing depth and a fair share of betrayals and surprises. Clare's suspense was nicely calculated and I didn't see any of the major events coming, so Kudos for keeping us on the edge of our seats.A story with so many first plan characters can easily be overwhelming, but The Mortal Instruments series is so well written, you are fond of every characters. If I had to pick a favorite, I honestly don't know you I would choose.I love Clary's determination, Simon's originality, Isabelle's style & attitude, Alex's "secret life", Jace's sense of humour & fondness for Clary, Luke's gentleness & fierceness. Each and every character as this little something that makes them so unique and lovable.It was also nice to visit Alicante. The Mortal Instrument series' world has always been great and unique but it was even more interesting to be in the core of the Nephilims' world. I loved the end, there was a grief and sadness in the air balanced with a good share of happiness and I was quite pleased with it. I felt like the loop was closed, no major cliffhanger and the series could have ended right then, but I'm really happy that there will be a fourth book early 2011. I can't have enough of this world and it's characters!If you haven't started this series yet, you should really pick it up. It's a Fantastic story with action, love, treason, grief and so much more, a unique world you won't forget!read more
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The third book in the Mortal Instruments series follows the characters as they travel from New York to Idris where they must fight to stop Valentine's plans. In the midst of the conflict the characters learn things about themselves that will change everything.Horrible description of the plot on my part, but this book really is fantastic. Clare brings all of the conflicts to a wonderful climax, resolves many of the conflicts between the characters but also leaves some questions which should be addressed in the next books. I particularly enjoy how Clare developed Clary, Jace, and Simon's characters. And of course the dry sarcastic humour is still in evidence despite the darker plot elements going onread more
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Eh. These books are getting kind of predictable and I'm getting kind of bored with them.read more
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Say this for the Mortal Instruments: it progressively gets better as it goes along. I'll be looking forward to Clare's next book!read more
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This book does tie up the events of the series well, but there are definitely openings for another book or series with the same characters, which disappoints me in one way, but in another way makes me happy. I definitely cared for these characters a lot, and was glad to see that they survived this battle mostly intact. However, I am tired of series going on and on. And I noticed that Clare has some written tics that drive me a little crazy - like always seeing something behind their eyes as a clue that this person is not what they seem. All in all, I did love Clary and Jace, and knew that they could not be brother and sister, although after awhile in this book I wasn't so sure. And the twist, when it came, was something I partially suspected. I do like how this book brought all of the characters together in some pretty big changes. And I liked that not everything was easy for the characters - there were some hard choices to make too. Good final book, although I thought with a little editing it might have been made tighter.read more
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This was the 3rd and last book in the Immortal Instruments trilogy. It was the most predictable of the three books on some of the plot lines, but I'm glad I read it.read more
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This book is the climax of the whole trilogy. The ending was amazing, and that made me very happy. Props to Cassandra Clare, and good luck on writing more!read more
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Wow i couldn't put it down !!
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amazing story author does an amazing job
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This book will keep you on edge and possibly in tears- either from happiness or sadness.
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City of Glass the final novel in The Mortal Instruments trilogy. In continues the tale of City of Bones and City of Ashes. The emotional struggle between Jace and Clary continues, and often distracts these two main characters from their initiatives. Clary, who is trying to save her mother, is swept in the current of the new impending war from Valentine, her father, and a possible new love interest that goes awry, Sebastian. Jace's life goal is to defeat Valentine, but is he strong enough to kill his father?If the family history wasn't confusing and twisted enough, you will be surprised by the details that occur before Jace and Clary's recognition. You learn how the two got their extra powers! The conflict between the Downworlders and the Clave will also finally be addressed, thanks to Clary, Simon, and Luke.I personally loved this novel because it is just very interesting to learn about these intricacies and how maybe things aren't always what they seem. This novel, although similar to the two previous novels, addresses the multiple relationships between people on a more human and emotional basis. The previous two were more to set up the characters and plot. I really think that the series was written for the final book because everything finally comes out and the human aspect of the novel is smooth.
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Imagine being a sibling of the person you love the most in the world, but you're afraid that people will turn their heads in disgust and laugh at your incestuous ways. The days pass and you start to avoid each other due to what others may think of you. As you start to die in a battle against someone you thought you were, you have just been told the truth that you and your lover weren't actually siblings. Ouch, to me and you it would have been like a slap across the face, but to Jace (a main character) it's like someone stabbed a knife into his heart, and slowly removed it just to watch him suffer and he's awake and feeling every fraction of pain. The book is set in a place beloved by Shadowhunters it’s predicted to be located between France and Germany, Alicante. As described, the aroma of Alicante makes you feel like you're at home. It tends to give you a feeling of being safe and protected because of the wards. Those who are not granted permission to enter the City of Glass shall not enter. Teleporting into the city is absolutely impossible unless there is someone waiting for you from the Clave and they are expecting you. All entrances to the city are securely guarded. Of course, when the wards are up, nothing can penetrate the wards. However, there is a way to take the wards down. Therefore it is not completely reliable. Alicante, capital of Idris which is also known as The City of Glass is the home to the Shadowhunters. The reason it is known as the City of Glass is because of the glass towers that protects the city with the wards put on it. In whichever way you look at the city, the glass towers are always a beautiful sight. For example; in the morning when the sun rises and spills its sunlight onto the city, the glass towers are showered in a brilliant layer of light. In this book Hodge had said “You have never seen a city till you have seen Alicante of the glass towers.” He had described how much he longed to go back to Alicante. All the Shadowhunters that were brought up there loved the city, because they could call it their home, The City of Glass. Seeing the glass towers giving off its glow is such a beautiful sight, but when the light dims then that’s when you’re in trouble. When the wards were taken down a huge battle occurred between the ones that sided with Valentine (the person who wanted a change in the Clave, but took severe measures to achieve that) and the Shadowhunters and Downworlders. Clary (the main character) tries to find the antidote for her mother which is under a spell causing her to be in a coma-like state. They spent majority of their time trying finding the Gray book. The Gray book contains powerful spells and Runes that include the cure for Clary’s mother, and everyone wants to get their hands on it. But, does Clary have the ability to obtain the Gray Book herself? Right before the battle, Clary created a completely new rune. It was called “Alliance” because they allied Shadowhunters and Downworlders. What the rune did was bind the partner’s powers and it gives them the ability to have their partner’s skills. They have fought a great, but short battle. Will they be the last ones standing or shall the opposing army prevail? What will become of the Shadowhunters after the wards are down? I would recommend this book to everyone! Anyone who loves romance, fantasy, and likes twists and curves in the plot would love this book! I absolutely loved reading this book. You could ask anyone, and they would say that I loved this book because I literally brought it everywhere with me! You could even say I was a little obsessed. I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel!
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I continue to be impressed with Clare's ability to combine material from other stories into something quite different. She's still borrowing heavily from the Buffy and Star Wars canon, but Clare has brought her trilogy to a satisfying conclusion. The background behind Jace and Clary's supposed siblinghood is revealed, and some explanation is given for the startling abilities Clary exhibits in previous books. Although some of the explanations and resolutions are fairly predictable, the process of getting to them is enjoyable.
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WOW!!! Hands Down to Cassandra Clare.The Mortal Instruments books are amazing. I've Read Twilight, House of Night, Blue Bloods, Vampire Academy, Evermore/Blue Moon and Wow... I have not read anything like this. The way she moves from one point of view to another is amazing. I don't even know what category this should go under: Romance, Mystery, Thriller, Science Fiction, or Fantasy? I mean WOW. I didn't think putting all the different Species/Demons (if I can call them that) could create such an outstanding story. I can't wait for her next project (The infernal Devices) to come out. I love all of the characters. Great piece of work. I'm hooked and want more. :)
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Well I called it. I called it the very second I reached the full stop at the end of the sentence in the first book where we "discover" that Jace and Clary are brother and sister. I don't even want to put this in spoiler tags because I can't believe anyone in the world was actually stupid enough to believe for one second that Cassandra Clare was a good enough author to make the incestuous relationship actually be true because we all knew there was no way in hell that it was ever going to be. We all knew it was just the author wasting our time with a book and a half on teenager angst.And let's all be honest here, the series should be over now. If Cassandra Clare had any of the grace Richelle Mead did the Jace/Clary trilogy would end here and we would continue the series with Simon going back to NYC. This is clearly where the series ends and yet it continues on anyway. My only hope is that with the horrible 'epic' romance out of the way we can finally have just a story with as much Simon time as possible. I've more or less gotten over hating Jace as a character and just hate how much of a clichefest he is but Simon remains the primary reason I keep reading these books. I just wish Mortal Instruments had ended as a nice trilogy so we could spin-off with Simon as our protagonist. He's clearly the most interesting person right now as a new vampire who can walk in daylight and has the actual Mark of Cain on his brow so I don't know how anyone else can compete. Having read the blurb for the next book though I have to wonder at our dear hack author rewriting his character so he's now two-timing his girlfriends.
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Well - definately a teen book in a teen series, but enjoyable none-the-less. The twists do a bit of a backflip - or at least half a backflip. Predictably the good guys win, but it does have a bit of fun getting there
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I can't believe I finished this. Its such a shock to me that I actually finished this book. And all I can think now is Damn! I need the next book. Why is it coming out in April? Why? And why do we all have to wait for the last two books as well? A year is WAY too long a wait for me so the last one better be the best!Clary's back again and raising hell alongside sexy not-really-her brother Jace! I literally jumped up cheering when I read the moment of truth that we were all waiting for. The only reason I'm disappointed they're not related is because now Jace can no longer be mine :(. I liked how at first, the two started off with a rocky relationship that gradually passed over. I mean, it took some time which they obviously needed. And now they can finally be together!But I have to say, I cheered even more when Alec made out with Magnus in front of EVERYONE. Seriously, if Jace noticed that these two had problems to work out, then that's just sad. It made me really happy to see Alec mature and finally admit to himself and his family that he's gay and he's in LOVE with Magnus Bane. They are the cutest couple ever and one of my favorite couples ever!Simon wasn't annoying in this book. I am happy to say that. Being a vampire made his personality WAY more enjoyable. One thing that did kind of bug me was how at the end, Jace and Simon admitted they were friends. I mean, I loved the love-hate relationship between them. They knew they were friends, they didn't need to say it out loud. I honestly hope this doesn't ruin their bantering.The one moment that honestly killed me was reading that Max died. That was simply killer. To me, I felt that this was a useless death. It wasn't necessary, yet it happened anyway. I still don't understand why he died, it doesn't make sense and it made me very depressed.The ending was a little cliche for me but I pretty much liked how things wrapped up. I'm so anxious to get the fourth book City of Fallen Angels but in the meantime, I'll be reading Clockwork Angel to pass the time. So far, the prequel seems great. Great job Cassandra Clare, for your work on this magnificent series.Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
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I came across this series while looking for e-books online. While I didn’t find the e-book, I did find a sample of the audiobook for the first in the series, City of Bones, which I downloaded. I didn’t get around to actually listening to it until I had my wisdom teeth removed a few weeks ago, and I needed something to do to help me relax and take my mind off of my sore mouth before bed. The series had been on my reading list for awhile, but was always checked out and on reserve at the library.Now I know why.The series consists of the following three books: City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass. The main character of the series is Clary Fray, a teenage girl who lives with her single mom in New York. Her life seems average, until the night when she comes across three Shadowhunters (demon hunters), in a local night club. What’s more is, Clary is the only one who can see them. Soon after her strange encounter, Clary’s mother disappears, and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. As Clary and her best friend, Simon, search for answers, Clary begins to realize that things are not always what they seem, and she is thrust into a world of demons, Downworlders (vampires, warlocks, faeries, and werewolves), and Shadowhunters.This series was extremely well-written, and will satisfy teens looking for another fantasy romance as well as those readers who are looking for something a bit deeper. The characters are well-developed and the reader is easily able to identify with them, as well as with the situations they are placed in. The books deal with prevalent teen issues such as love, heartbreak, family, and friendship as well as more advanced topics such as redemption, temptation, and even the argument of nature vs.nurture. With an overabundance of teen fantasy novels being published since the onset of the Twilight saga, the Mortal Instruments series offers something that stands out above the rest.
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Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 3.25

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First thought when finished: The epilogue and Simon pretty much pulled the book out of the "2" category for me!

What did I Love: I really love the richness of the world that Casandra Clare has created. She know how to bring elements in that makes it seem very familiar and yet it is something utterly unique. Simon was possibly my favorite character in City of Glass. He has come such a long way since book 1 and it is nice that he is embracing his vampire side. I also loved the epilogue. I felt that it pulled together all 3 books in a way that was believable and not over stated.

What I Liked: Jace and Clary really kind of grew on me the 2nd half of City of Glass. I started to really like their spirit and spunk. I felt they both came into their own and really owned who they were. Plus I was glad that the storyline that I could not stand finally got tied up (though it still took to much of the book).

What made me go huh?: I had a few problems with this book but they all seemed to resolve themselves in the 2nd half. I didn't like the bro/sis storyline and it just got creepier as it went on. Also, I have to admit not a fan of the parents (parental figures) letting the kids run all over them. I just don't like that particular story device. However, none of these would bug a huge fan of YA.

Audio Rating: Narrated by Natalie Moore, the audio for the book is pretty well done. The pacing, accents, and pronunciations were delivered with ease. I will be continuing the series in audio. Running time was 15 hours 21 min.

Final Thought: Fans of the series will love this for all the loose ends it ties up.
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So much is going on in this book! It felt like every paragraph ended with a cliffhanger. There was just so much to take in and I loved it all! The term tortured hero couldn’t apply more to Jace in this book. His character is darker this time round but he is still fundamentally a good guy. I loved how all the characters seemed to mature so much in this book, in particular Simon and Clary. It is fast paced and packed with extraordinary descriptive visions and creatures. Clare has created a magnificent and wild world that is completely believable.The story is full of twists, one huge one in the form of Sebastian! It delves further into the relationship between Magnus and Alec, much to my delight. I’d like to see more on them in City of Fallen Angels. Magnus is such a character with all his quirky clothes and blue glitter.At this stage all of the books have just blurred together for me, but I still think this one is my favourite because it centered around Jace and Clary a lot more than the other ones. I usually don’t include quotes in my reviews but I’m just going to add a few that I keep gushing over!"There is no pretending," Jace said with absolute clarity. "I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I'll love you then.""And I'm suppose to sit by while you date boys and fall in love with someone else, get married...?" His voice tightened. "And meanwhile, I'll die a little bit more every day, watching."And just one more quote for some Lols!"I am a man" he told her, "and men do not consume pink beverages. Get thee gone woman, and bring me something brown." – JaceOver all, I am adoring this series and am delighted with the end of this book. I was completely sucked into the world of shadow hunters and the relationship between Jace and Clary. However I’ll be taking a break from Young Adult for a while, I can’t handle all this teenage angst. I’m giving it 5 stars, and I HIGHLY recommend this series!
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Always suspense, love, drama, and intensity! Watch out katniss and Peeta! Clary and Jace could be the next star crossed lovers from district... New York City!
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This was the book of the trilogy I enjoyed the most. The characters did seem to grow and the story continued to twist and turn. During a visit to the Shadowhunters' home land, a war breaks out as Valentine continues his quest to control and "purify" the shadowhunters from the influence of downworlders. Jace and Clary continue to figure out their relationship and other conflicts that have arisen in earlier books are resolved and further developed.
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Fantastic book! It pulls you into an alternate reality, where you become so wrapped up in the character's lives and what will happen to them. It is the best kind of book to read, one which grabs you and takes you away to another place! Perfect end to a fantastic series!
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From book one, I've been hooked. Completely and totally hooked. Really, from page one, I was hooked-- I'm not even joking. Cassandra Clare's fantasy world captivated me from the very beginning, and that hold hasn't lessened in the two books since. Like I've said before-- it has everything in it: romance, action, suspense, wit, et cetera. And the characters vary too-- from werewolves to faeries, vampires to humans, demons to angels. With a cast list like that, how can you not find something in the book that interests you? Uh huh, that's what I thought! Clare has a way of constantly twisting the story plot, keeping the readers on their toes, without confusing us. Not always an easy thing to do, but Clare does it wonderfully! Just when you think that you know where the story is going, which side a particular character is on, Clare throws you a curve ball that sets you back (almost) to square one. Its one of the reasons why the books are so engaging--- the reader has to think about it, and try to keep up, unless of course they'd rather just enjoy the ride until the end when everything is resolved. I prefer trying to figure things out as the book goes, but with Clare's novels, it is sometimes a bit of a challenge. All the more reasons to enjoy it! **SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT FOLLOWS**Of course, the one thing I knew from book one, no matter how many curve balls she threw our way, was that Jace and Clary are not siblings. There, I said it. If it comes as a surprise to any readers out there, then I'm sorry for 'spoiling' that, but I think most readers have known all along, and strongly believed it in our hearts, that the two of them could never be siblings-- they belong together, they connect in a way couldn't be because of 'shared' blood. Plus, there were too many little clues and twists along the way that always made me realize that Jace wasn't really Johnathan. But I'm not going to go into too many details about this, one, because it's long and complicated if you haven't read all the books yet, and second, because I don't want to spoil anything else! Just trust me, and after you read COG, you too will probably think back to all the little things from the previous books that helped to point it out. Besides the amazing story, I loved City of Glass because of the wit and sarcasm that I have come to expect and adore in the series, especially from Jace. It's so much a part of not only the characters, but the story, and it makes what would otherwise be a very dark and rich book (in a good way!) into one that has it's moments of lightness. I laughed at more than a few quotes in the book, in all of the books, actually, and some of them are where you least expect it. As much as I love a good strong fantasy book, heavy in plot and development, I want to have a few laughs along the way, too, and City of Glass delivers on both accounts. Clary is a very strong character, and I enjoyed following her story through the series. Sometimes I find the heroine in books to be weak or annoying, but Clary was perfect-- as were most of the other interesting characters we are introduced to. From the flamboyant Magnus Bane (a gay warlock that falls for Alec) to the timid-turned-strong Simon, I enjoyed learning more about them all. They all added their own thing to the books, like layers on a cake-- without the one beneath it, the next one wouldn't be possible. I would love to hear more about them, especially some of the minor characters.... Its one of the reasons why it is so hard to see a good series end! But what an end it was! I wasn't at all disappointed, and I doubt that you will be either. It was everything I expected, not only the action scenes, but seeing Jace and Clary finally fall for each other. Jace, for all his tough, bad-ass shell, proves again and again that he has a tender side in City of Glass. No wonder I love him so much! Seriously, why can't more men/boys in the real world have personalities and characteristics like those of the heroes from our favorite books?! 5/5 STARS! A dazzling ending to a brilliant series, City of Glass is everything the fans could possibly want, and more. The only disappointment will be at the end-- when the story is over, and there's no more to look forward to. (However, Clare does have a new series, a sort of prequel to this one, with different Shadowhunters from the 1800's or so, planned. Sadly, the first one won't be out until next year at the earliest.) A perfect example of fantasy and romance, humor and action, City of Glass (and the other two books) belong on any die-hard fantasy/romance fan's shelf, no matter the age. I would highly recommend Clare's work-- possibly even above Twilight---which is a very high compliment to give, if you know me and my love of Meyer's books... :D
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The third book of the Mortal Instrument series. This was my personal favorite of the three, as it made me cry, laugh, gasp, sigh, worry, all of the emotions that only a marvelous author can bring out. The ending didn't exactly do suffice to me, because after all that had happened it kind of seemed anticlimactic. But that's what an ending's supposed to be, right? Anyways, you should have seen my face when I found out there were going to be three more books in the series. Can't wait can't wait can't wait! I wonder what it'll be like with Valentine out of the way... 
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OH MY GOD! I think...no THIS is my favorite out of three! I loved it! Couldn't put it down! Finally! Jace and Clary together!“There is no pretending," Jace said with absolute clarity. "I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I'll love you then.”I kind of had a feeling they couldn't be brother and sister. When Sebastian showed up, that's when I was 100% sure he was Valentines son.Because Jace was definitely not of demon blood, I mean c'mon we all know what an Angel he is;D A TOTALLY H-O-T-T Angel;DThis book made me laugh at times! I love Simone as a vampire! His relationship with Jace was hilarious! Alec and Magnus
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One of the best young adult series I've read in a long, long time. Thoroughly enjoyable with characters that are very easy to like, very easy to enjoy. It’s a fun read.
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This is a must read! The first two novels in this series were amazing but they just don't compare to City of Glass. We follow Clary, Jace, and the rest of the characters to Alicante, where everything just starts falling into place. I've read that people disliked where it was predictable in parts but I didn't find any of that to be a problem. There was action, romance, comedy and everything fit well together. I hated to see it end, but am glad now that it is the ending no more. May 2011 will bring us City of Fallen Angels which will no doubt be another hit in this wonderful series! I've read them all twice now and I know I will never get sick of them. This is mynumber 1 favorite series! They are also not just for YA, i'm 20 and I absolutely loved this book and entire series, my mother and grandmother did as well too! If your looking for a great read then don't hesitate to pick up this series! It will blow you away! Keep it coming Clare!! :)
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I find myself inclined towards favoring the middle works of trilogies - Empire Strikes Back for example - and Clare's The Mortal Instruments follows that vein. Perhaps it is something in the rush of building upon the introduction the first in a series provides, yet not allowing for the final resolution that will come in the third. So when I arrive at the concluding chapter of trilogies, there is always that sense of sorrowful anticipation that the story is almost completed. Having been fortunate enough to receive an ARC of this book, I am left wondering if the salivation of waiting two more months until its March release would have heightened the thrill. Delayed gratification? Impossible I suppose. I am American after all. Be that as it may, the thrill radiated from this book. I dare not comment but indirectly for fear of spoiling the surprise and delight of discovering this joyous conclusion to a brilliant series, however I will say that City of Glass made me love Jace more, respect Clary for the young woman we see mature, and dearly hope that Clare has many more tales to relate on the horizon. Her villains are complex, her protagonists troubled but not whiny, her story is detailed and surprising, and she relates all of this with skill and joy.
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Clary's mother is still in a coma at the hospital, Valentine is on the loose and Jace & Clary just learnt they are siblings, which makes everything much more complicated. Can it get any worst? The Lightwells have been summoned by the Clave after the events of New York and Clary wants to tag along in hopes to save her mother from her condition. But Jace won't let her, and Clary, true to her stubborn self, will find a way to make it to the City of Glass anyway.Not a classy entrance, and one that will create many waves in a community on the edge of a big crisis - a war is coming.I LOVED City of Glass, the entire book is a rollercoaster of emotions and nothing is what is seems. Friends and foes mix in together to give this novel an amazing depth and a fair share of betrayals and surprises. Clare's suspense was nicely calculated and I didn't see any of the major events coming, so Kudos for keeping us on the edge of our seats.A story with so many first plan characters can easily be overwhelming, but The Mortal Instruments series is so well written, you are fond of every characters. If I had to pick a favorite, I honestly don't know you I would choose.I love Clary's determination, Simon's originality, Isabelle's style & attitude, Alex's "secret life", Jace's sense of humour & fondness for Clary, Luke's gentleness & fierceness. Each and every character as this little something that makes them so unique and lovable.It was also nice to visit Alicante. The Mortal Instrument series' world has always been great and unique but it was even more interesting to be in the core of the Nephilims' world. I loved the end, there was a grief and sadness in the air balanced with a good share of happiness and I was quite pleased with it. I felt like the loop was closed, no major cliffhanger and the series could have ended right then, but I'm really happy that there will be a fourth book early 2011. I can't have enough of this world and it's characters!If you haven't started this series yet, you should really pick it up. It's a Fantastic story with action, love, treason, grief and so much more, a unique world you won't forget!
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The third book in the Mortal Instruments series follows the characters as they travel from New York to Idris where they must fight to stop Valentine's plans. In the midst of the conflict the characters learn things about themselves that will change everything.Horrible description of the plot on my part, but this book really is fantastic. Clare brings all of the conflicts to a wonderful climax, resolves many of the conflicts between the characters but also leaves some questions which should be addressed in the next books. I particularly enjoy how Clare developed Clary, Jace, and Simon's characters. And of course the dry sarcastic humour is still in evidence despite the darker plot elements going on
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Eh. These books are getting kind of predictable and I'm getting kind of bored with them.
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Say this for the Mortal Instruments: it progressively gets better as it goes along. I'll be looking forward to Clare's next book!
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This book does tie up the events of the series well, but there are definitely openings for another book or series with the same characters, which disappoints me in one way, but in another way makes me happy. I definitely cared for these characters a lot, and was glad to see that they survived this battle mostly intact. However, I am tired of series going on and on. And I noticed that Clare has some written tics that drive me a little crazy - like always seeing something behind their eyes as a clue that this person is not what they seem. All in all, I did love Clary and Jace, and knew that they could not be brother and sister, although after awhile in this book I wasn't so sure. And the twist, when it came, was something I partially suspected. I do like how this book brought all of the characters together in some pretty big changes. And I liked that not everything was easy for the characters - there were some hard choices to make too. Good final book, although I thought with a little editing it might have been made tighter.
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This was the 3rd and last book in the Immortal Instruments trilogy. It was the most predictable of the three books on some of the plot lines, but I'm glad I read it.
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This book is the climax of the whole trilogy. The ending was amazing, and that made me very happy. Props to Cassandra Clare, and good luck on writing more!
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