Been really slow on my reading lately. Even slower on books. However, since there is now a partial cast listing for the City of Bones movie, I feel like I should hurry up and post up the rest of my reviews for the series…
Also, I pinched a nerve in my back. It is the worst. I absolutely should not have put away stock today…and I knew I shouldn’t’ve…but my other option was to sit in the office and fall asleep, and I did succeed in dozing off for a few minutes, so that wasn’t so good.
The pain is really bad though. Bad enough that I’ve taken two of the remaining vicodin that they gave me back when I had that kidney infection three or four winters ago. (This is also probably why I fell asleep at work…that stuff doesn’t really make the pain go away for me, but it certainly makes me sleepy.)
Now. Book review.
The Mortal Instruments Book Three: City of Glass
All of the Shadowhunters are being summoned to their home country, Idris, where they hope to decide on the best plan of action against Valentine and his demon army. Naturally, when Clary hears that all the Shadowhunters are being summoned, she assumes she should be included, but Jace has other ideas. He insists that Idris isn’t safe for Clary, but when he and the Lightwoods leave her behind, Clary creates a rune and portals into Idris anyway…
And good thing she does. Although she nearly drowns when she lands in Lake Lyn, only Clary is able to unite the Shadowhunters with the rest of the supernatural peoples, and only together can she and Jace uncover the terrible secrets of suicide, dead angels, and demons’ blood that were the foundation of Valentine’s plans—plans that have always included the two of them. After all, he is their father.
This was an interesting book. I admit that the whole series wound up being an elaborate series of mistaken identities…but I’m okay with that. It was at least told in an interesting way.
There were a number of melodramatic moments in this book—what else do we expect from angsty teenagers?—but only one or two really got on my nerves. I felt like there were also some steps forward in how Clare decided to tell us the back story. Yes, yes, we still get a few big chunks of dialogue from some characters…but we also get a portion of the story that’s told with a string of scenes that seemed very like something that we might’ve seen in Dumbledore’s pensieve. I approved of that small step away from the never-ending story monologues.
One of the biggest things I liked in this story was the depiction of one of the part-demon characters. I felt like Clare sent a mixed message about that character, since it ended up being the human elements of his personality that destroyed him, and not the demonic ones…but that’s just my opinion.
The other best parts of the story were probably the two scenes with the angels.
The first of the two was both sad and gruesome, which is probably why I was interested in it…but besides that, it occurred to me that besides Clare, I don’t think very many authors I’ve read have tried to use angels as serious characters in their books. Maybe Philip Pullman, but he’s the only other one that comes to mind.
The second scene with an angel was pretty spectacular…and I’m not sure why. I didn’t think I’d find it all that interesting, since I’ve already read this book once, but I have to admit I still had a small sniffle available for that part of the story.
I didn’t feel like there was as much about this book that would be offensive to many readers, except possibly the anti-gay remarks from some characters…and even those were very small things in the story.
Overall, I thought this book was a good end point for the series…but I suspected when I read it that Clare might have intended to write another one, just because of how Clary’s conversation with the Fairy Queen went…and I wasn’t wrong. A new book came out recently called City of Fallen Angels…which is why I re-read these last three. My sister told me it’s not as good, but I guess we’ll see.