City of Glass

City of Glass

Downloadable Audiobook - 2009
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Love is a mortal sin, and the secrets of the past are deadly. Plunge into the third installment in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and "prepare to be hooked" ( Entertainment Weekly ). 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 bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Simon & Schuster Audio, 2009.
ISBN: 9780743594684
Branch Call Number: OverDrive eAudiobook
Additional Contributors: Moore, Natalie
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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 31, 2019

This book absolutely beats the last two in the series. It was action packed from the beginning to end and kept me wanting more. The pages seemed to fly by despite it being almost 500 pages. I had finished the novel in one day because I couldn’t put it down. After Clary’s display of power, the Clave is interested to talk to her. Jace, who does not trust the Clave tries to do everything to stop her from visiting the City of Glass. This book finally launches Valentines evil plan that has been talked about in the last two books and hell literally breaks loose. The book is full of revelations, returns and deaths. A great book, and a seemingly definitive ending to the mortal instruments, so I am curious to see what Clare did with the fourth book. This is a must read for Young Adults. Rating – 5/5. @Average_Bookworm of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The third book in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, and was originally supposed to be the last, this one is by far my favourite installment in the series. Her writing is beyond better and the main story line for this book is that it takes place almost entirely in the Shadowhunter home country, Idris. We get to learn more about the Shadowhunter way and how most of the families live. In this book the battle with the villain comes to a close, in the wake of a new villain arising that is even more chilling and thrilling, and for future holds, it takes the series to new heights. The action and dialogue in this book is one of the best in the entire series, so if you were weary about the first two, City of Glass is the book that'll make you want to read the last three. 5/5 Stars. @SeraphinaWilliams of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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MrsNikki
Mar 02, 2019

great book

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kmobuckeye
Feb 21, 2019

great continuation of the series - good if you liked the first two books

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SC50
Dec 05, 2018

Book 3 of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I enjoyed this one the most so far. Several storyline arcs are completed by the end of this book which is very satisfying. And of course, the book sets up the next set of storyline arcs for the next few books. I can't wait to read the next one! This book is very much a fantasy book since it's main setting is quite different that the first two books. As a reader, I felt like the main setting was a different world rather than somewhere in Europe. Enjoy!

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faithmurri99
Apr 22, 2018

A great ending for the first half of the series, full of twists and turns and all sorts of excellent imagination!

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RebelBelle13
Apr 05, 2018

This is one of those books that I have trouble reviewing. On one hand, this series is entertaining, fun, and light. I really enjoy the world and the possibilities it holds. On the other, it is filled with cliched characters (the angry bad boy, the fish-out-of-water *special* girl) borrowed plot lines (hello, Harry Potter) and overdone themes. Clary borders on annoying at times, and Jace constantly being referred to as beautiful gets old fast. I'm way more interested in Alec and Magnus and the progression of their relationship, to be honest. Give me more of Simon, even, after he's over Clary. I'm also sick of minor characters being introduced and being summarily killed off to try to make the novels deep and emotional. There's one death here (I won't spoil it) that should have been absolutely devastating- but the way it's written and the character was dealt with, I honestly didn't care at all- and it should not be that way.
I do enjoy the mixing of angels, werewolves, fae, vampires, shadowhunters and demons. I will be moving on to Infernal Devices and Dark Artifices- perhaps those characters will sit better with me, and the writing might improve as the series goes on. I liken this series to candy- it tastes great, but there's no substance to it under the surface. It ranks right up there with Twilight. You've got me, Clare, but I'm not entirely happy about it.

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Sharonsm28
Dec 20, 2017

This was an amazing read. I wanted to reread the second and third book to be a bit more prepared for Season 2 of Shadowhunters. However, I really love this series and I really wanted to reread as well. I love the characters and the action. This world was really interesting and cool. I forgot that Tessa appears in this book. I literally screamed when I saw her. Also, I am happy that Cassandra Clare kept the series going as the ending of CoHF was more conclusive and worth the read. I was happy to see more Malec, of course. The ending was amazing. I had to say I forgotten how long the epilogue was. Loved it never the less. Overall, a fantastic read.

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3je82rs9
Oct 12, 2017

I absolutely love all of Cassandra Clare's book and couldn't pick my favorite. In this book, I love how she described Alicante. It's magical.

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NikkiHessami
Aug 19, 2016

I really like how the Clary is fighting so much for her mother and her friends. Cassandra Clare describes Alicante to be a beautiful city and I wish that I could visit it. Also I really enjoyed the plot twists in the characters relationships.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 30, 2016

Up until this point, readers would think they know quite a bit of the Shadowhunter world. Sorry to disappoint those, but you really have not seen much until you witness Clary's perspective of Alicante, Idris. The author seems to never be able to run out of fresh ideas, and this book is her proof. I felt that she really could not add any more plot twists in the relationships of our favourite characters. I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy continuing on with the fantasy, suspense, and adventure in The Mortal Instruments series. I myself must have reread this book at least six or more times. Shocking discoveries will be revealed, so readers beware! 5/5 - @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

Jace: "You could have had anything else in the world, and you asked for me."

She smiled up at him. Filthy as he was, covered in blood and dirt, he was the most beautiful thing she'd ever seen.

Clary: "But I don't want anything else in the world."

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

"You said you were going for a walk!? What kind of walk takes six hours?"

"A long one?"

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

"I am a man--and men do not consume pink beverages. Get thee gone, woman, and bring me something brown."
-Jace Lightwood/Herondale/Wayland/(Morgenstern)...Who knows how many last names he has?

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

Malachi: "I don't remember the Clave inviting you into the Glass City, Magnus Bane."
Magnus: "They didn't. Your wards are down."

The Consul's voice dripped sarcasm.

Malachi: "Really? I hadn't noticed."
Magnus: "That's terrible. Someone should have told you."

He glanced at Luke.

Magnus: "Tell him the wards are down."

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xfnx
Jul 03, 2015

"I wouldn't cut you out of my life, Clary, any more than I would cut off my right hand and give it to someone as a Valentine's Day gift."

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green_wolf_411
Jan 20, 2015

This is what Jace and Sebastian say in Romanian:
Jace: "Why do you think I was listening to your conversation?"
Sebastian: "You've been watching me since I got here. I can't tell if you don't like me or if you're just this suspicious of everybody."

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selina81
Aug 10, 2014

"And quit baring your fangs at me. It's making me nervous." "Good," Simon said. "If you want to know why, it's because you smell like blood." "It's my cologne. Eau de Recent Injury."- Simon and Jace

AyatTawil Jul 30, 2014

"There is no denying it Clary. I love you. I will love until the day I die, and I there is a life after that, I'll love you then." -Jace Lightwood

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re_discover
Dec 02, 2013

"Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin"-

26 “Here is what these words mean:

Mene[e]: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.

27 Tekel[f]: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.

28 Peres[g]: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

Daniel 5: 26- 28

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re_discover
Dec 02, 2013

"Ave atque vale"- hail and farewell

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shaunapas Mar 18, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Spoiler: The battle, for some people.

shaunapas Mar 18, 2013

Sexual Content: Spoiler: Simon and Isabelle ; ) nothing much, don't worry.

shaunapas Mar 18, 2013

Coarse Language: I think there is some.

shaunapas Mar 18, 2013

Violence: Spoiler: At the battles.

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AngelFire101
Aug 03, 2013

This is the third book of the Mortal Instruments series. In this installment Jace has to see Clary as his sister and nothing more.As well an old friend of Joceyln Madeleine is under a spell Clary must save her!

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Mahala
Nov 13, 2009

couldn't have asked for a better ending. I got everything I wanted. I don't want to summarize the book, I'll leave that to others, but I will say that there are some heartbreakingly beautiful scenes in this book. The characters became more developed and more endearing, especially Jace. His sarcastic wit is certainly present in this book; however, he is no longer hiding behind his carefully constructed facade. His torment over Clary is glaringly obvious from the first chapter.

I noticed that another review stated that she wished Clary and Jace hadn't have been as close as they were until they knew the truth about not being related, but I have to disagree. Clary was the only person in the world that made Jace feel like he belonged and she was the only person he belonged to and the fact that she didn't turn away from him when he told her that he loved her probably meant more to him than her waiting until she knew the truth to love him back the same way. He had resigned himself to love her always, no matter what, and I'm glad that he got to know that she had resigned herself to the same fate.

Cassandra Clare works magic with this novel. The excitement begins on the first page and doesn't stop until the final sentence. She brings everything full circle for a completely satisfying ending - even though fans would be more than happy to read about these beloved characters forever, I know I will miss them.
I look forward to seeing some of the characters from this series in her new series "The Clockwork Angel"

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