City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare
Published March 24, 2009
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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 Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters 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 new found powers to help save the Glass City — whatever the cost?
Review: I am so disappointed with City of Glass. I was hoping the alternating POV would stop, but it didn't. There was text that just so long-winded that I found myself skipping over it. Not to mention the needless death and everything else that was just needless. How could the third book go downhill so quickly? The second book "Ashes" was really good and "Glass" started off good, but it just stopped. I can't pinpoint where it lost its luster, the only thing that matters is that it did. **Spoilers** I never do spoilers, but this book deserves it. 1) The alternating POV. I like reading from Clary's perspective and only Clary's perspective. Ashes did this as well, but not as bad. I read POV's from Simon, Jace, and even Isabelle. It wouldn't have been so bad if the POV was switched when something unimportant was going on or maybe a POV switch for every chapter, but no. There'd be a few paragraphs from Clary's POV and then a paragraph from Jace's POV and then switched back to Clary's and then back again all during stuff that was very important. Seriously, I don't care how Jace thought the valley looked or how he lost his piece of thread. 2) When they, Luke and Clary, get to the City of Glass a lot of long text starts to appear. I don't know how many times I skipped over text that was so boring I thought about stopping. There's also a lot of repeat sentences. Throughout the book some things were mentioned up to three times. It made me want to pull out my hair because it had already been discussed or said. 3) Sebastian, Sebastian, Sebastian, or should I say Johnathon? Either way, how could they have not known? How could his evil ass even have passed through demon wards? He had demon blood and yet the demon wards magically let him pass? I just...no. Sebastian also gives us two deaths. Both of which were unfair and shouldn't have happened. 4) Simon is the worst vampire in the history of worst vampires. 5) It took them three books to rid them of their father? And they didn't even kill him with their own hands? Everything about that is so... anticlimactic. **End spoilers** I honestly can't with this book. There is so much fail that I was choking on it. This series could have been wrapped up in one book, possibly two, instead I have 3 more to read? Yes, I'm going to let myself suffer through the rest of the series. I give it two stars for the beginning, which was actually good, and for Ithuriel who was actually pretty interesting.