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?
I feel like the City of Glass is the book I've been waiting for. I'm finally in Idris, the home of the Shadowhunters. There's something about the home country that calls to me. CC does a great job of describing how the Shadowhunters integrate with the mundane world, but they always long for Idris. They have greenhouses that remind them of their Glass City, and now we're finally here. And there's big throwdown, cue Valentine.
Idris has this time out of time feel. Modern technology doesn't work, so they rely on horses for transportation, horses guys. I can't.
Before the big throwdown, and some serious events leading up to said throwdown (about 1% to 30% on my Kindle) I'll admit I was a little annoyed with the characters. They were all whiny teenagers, and it annoyed me. I mean there's a war going on! Then they shaped up, and I was okay with them all again, mostly.
If you, like me, were a little fuffy about the brother/sister plot issue brought up in City of Ashes. It does get worse before it gets better. There is a lot of angst around this between Clary and Jace, but it does get resolved, so that was nice.
Really, really liked the conclusion of this book, and as I've mentioned before thought that CC could have easily ended the series here. I probably would have enjoyed it more if she had ended it here, but she through in a little dig at the end to open it back up. However, if you ignore it, these first three books can technically be freestanding. I'll continue with the series this time though!
3.5 out of 5 stars.