Tuesday, 7 April 2009

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

From Amazon: 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?

City of Glass is, in a word, amazing.

I haven't been so excited about a book since last year's conclusion to The Twilight Saga, and I have to admit: City of Glass kicked Breaking Dawn's ass.

It's everything a series finale should be, and I couldn't have asked for a better end to this brilliant series.

Every character stays true to themselves, secrets are uncovered, and the dialogue remains witty and clever. New characters are introduced, old ones return, and both bring with them a whole host of complications and revelations. I loved every single page, especially the much needed Jace/Clary scenes, and the numerous battles fought between Shadowhunters, Downworlders and demons. The final scene before the epilogue, which took place at Lake Lyn, was exciting and surprising, and I had no idea what to expect.

The cover art is by far my favourite of all three books, and I found myself staring at it for minutes at a time, taking in the detail and design. Including new character Sebastian on the cover was a nice idea, and I'm glad the publishers acknowledged his important role in the story.

I'm kind of sad I've finished the book, but I'm glad I know how it ends. I can't wait for Cassandra Clare's prequel-type series, The Infernal Devices, as I'm sure it will be just as genius as The Mortal Instruments.


...Grr Arrgh.


11 comments:

Thao said...

LOL at the picture at the bottom. What is that creepy thing Jenny?
Your review makes the book sound so delicious, I think I need to find a way to read the series soon. And hey, I didn't realize the cover looks this good!

Amy said...

cog was a million kajillion times better than twighlight! Infernal devises promises to be awesome as well!!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I am literally aching to read this. July isn't coming fast enough!

Janssen said...

I just finally got started on the first book (missed the boat on this series somehow) and am now LOVING it. Holy crap, I cannot get through it fast enough.

Jen said...

I really, really loved city of glass!

Chicklish said...

Oh, wonderful review (and I love the way it ends!)

Laina said...

Hey, Thao, the grr. argh. thing is shown after Joss (Josh?) Wheden shows like Buffy and Dollhouse. Love that thing. :)

Anonymous said...

can not wait to read this book. i've read the other two. hurry up july

zac said...

lol, it's better than Breaking Dawn, but both series had such anti-climactic endings. As in, where is the fight scene you've spent BOOKS building up?

Anonymous said...

who is it? Alec or Simon
me and my friend is so disagreement

Anonymous said...

there are going to be SIX in the series. it doesn't end here! the next one: 'city of angels', shall be hitting the shelves next year and like you, i am SO excited.