Series: The Mortal Instruments #3
Publisher: McElderry Books (2009)
Hardcover (541 pages)
Also by this author: City of Bones, City of Ashes, The Bane Chronicles
Also in this series: City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Fallen Angels
Reading Challenges: Read 2015
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 the New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.
I really enjoy the world of the Shadowhunters. It was so great to open up this book and have Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec back. I also love that we finally get to see Idris and Alicante. The change to scenery helped us learn even more about our favorite characters.
Clary wants to go to Idris to find the cure for her mother. Jace doesn’t want her to go. He wants her to stay safely in New York. Simon is asked by Jace to lie and keep Clary safely in New York. Then an attack happens and Simon is pulled into Idris with Jace and the Lightwoods.
Clary meanwhile discovers that she has been left behind. Upset, she uses a rune to open a Portal, taking herself and Luke to Idris. Nothing goes strictly as planned but Clary and Luke do make it to Alicante eventually.
Meanwhile, Simon has been imprisoned for being a Downworlder, a vampire, in Alicante. Valentine start to make demands and people get scared. Clary and Jace are about to discover more about their past and about Valentine as well.
Basically, it all get very complicated very fast. Everyone has to make some hard decisions. Twists just keep popping up when I had not expected them. It was so good.
Clary is discovering more about who she is and what she can do. She is still frightened but she isn’t going to let that stop her anymore. She seems to come into her own in this book. She isn’t going to sit idly by while things happen anymore.
Jace is struggling as always. He is trying to keep Clary safe as well as keep his emotions in check. In this book he finally gets more answers about his past which he really needed.
Simon is learning more about what it means to be a vampire. He is also learning more about how he got the ability to walk in the sun. He is an unusual boy, even for a vampire.
Luke is trying so hard to keep Clary safe. We all know he has feelings for Jocelyn, Clary’s mother, and so he takes the responsibility to keep Clary safe very seriously. He is basically Clary’s family since Jocelyn ended up in the hospital.
We learn a bit more about Isabelle in this book. It is nice to finally hear her explain some things to Clary. She is such a strong character, so sure that she can do anything Alec and Jace can. She is just awesome.
So, yes, I liked this book a lot. The beginning was slower but once I made it halfway in, it got so much better. This is another great installment in this series.
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