Saturday, 25 June 2011

Review: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

GoodReads Summary: 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?

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." – Jace

Over 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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