Author : Cassandra Clare
Series : The Mortal Instruments
Genres : Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication : July 6th 2009 by Walker Books (first published March 24th 2009)

This is the third book in The Mortal Instruments series. This review will spoil you if you haven’t read the previous books.


Goodread’s synopsis : 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.

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In this third book, we follow our favorite team in Idris. So much is happening in this book ! It’s really action packed, you don’t have time to realize what happened that something else is already here !
This book is a perfect end to the first part of this series. It was originally supposed to be a trilogy, but I’m glad that there’s a second part. There can’t be enough shadowhunters books haha !

I am a man” he told her, “and men do not consume pink beverages. Get thee gone woman, and bring me something brown.

In this installment, the story is darker in my opinion. City of Ashes was darker than City Of Bones but this one is way darker. There’s another huge betrayal, and let’s say that this one will leave more scars.

But there’s also joy in this book : the ending is perfect. I’m not gonna say much more about it, but it filled me with happiness, even though I know what will happen in the next books.

The plot is thicker in this book. Valentine’s plot is coming to coming to its execution. The threat leads the Clave to make an important decision. You can easily apply this situation to our nowadays world. You don’t give up because you fear what will happen; you fight for what you think is right, for your rights.

There are so many plot twists in this book, things you can’t see coming at all, and that’s great !

There’s a lot of characters development and that’s something I really appreciate. Cassandra Clare’s doesn’t write flat characters. There are complex, real and they are evolving, growing.

– Clary can at first seem as a selfish brat, whining a lot. But she knows what she wants and what she has to do and won’t think twice before doing what’s necessary.
– Jace is cruel in this book. But it’s a way of punishing himself.
– Sebastian is the most interesting character. We’ve got a glimpse of his true personality. And let’s say it’s not really pretty.
– Simon has a nice development. He is stronger, more self confident and doesn’t want to be a liability.
– Alec is also a better version of himself in this book. I like this new Alec !

And now I’m looking at you,” he said, “and you’re asking me if I still want you, as if I could stop loving you. As if I would want to give up the thing that makes me stronger than anything else ever has. I never dared give much of myself to anyone before – bits of myself to the Lightwoods, to Isabelle and Alec, but it took years to do it – but, Clary, since the first time I saw you, I have belonged to you completely. I still do. If you want me.

I really enjoyed rereading this book !

5 stars

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About the author

Cassandra clareCassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.



  1. City of Glass was one of my favorite from TMI, I remember rereading it after finishing City of Heavenly Fire and almost screaming at my book of all the ample opportunities to kill Sebastian now, ahaha! He really is quite a character.

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  2. City of Glass was definitely my favourite. All the other books after it just felt like an addition to the main series. It just concluded the story arc so well!

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