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4.00001496856601 out of 54.00001496856601 out of 54.00001496856601 out of 54.00001496856601 out of 54.00001496856601 out of 5 4.00 (200,420 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cassandra Clare Narrator: Natalie Moore Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mortal Instruments Series Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9780743579643
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City of Glass is the third installment in The Mortal Instruments series and brings the story to a stunning conclusion. Although there are more books in this series, Clare is writing them in groups of three so that the arc of the story is finished in every third book. In City of Glass, we finally learn what's going to happen in the forbidden romance between Clary and Jace who believe that they are siblings and children of the villain of the piece, Valentine, a Shadowhunter who is looking for the three instruments—the mortal cup, the mortal sword and the mortal glass. He believes that having these three instruments will allow him to summon the angel Raziel who will then do his bidding, making him all-powerf ul in the land of Shadowhunters.

In this book, we learn a lot about Clary and Jace's origins, which are fascinating. It turns out that they are both the products of Valentine's experiments conducted on their mothers when they were in the womb. In the name of experimentation, Valentine fed his wife, Jocelyn, demon blood when she was pregnant with the first child, a boy named Sebastian. Later, he fed her angel blood, not knowing that she was pregnant. The result was Clary, a Shadowhunter girl with special powers. Valentine also fed another woman who was pregnant angel blood and the result was Jace who also has special powers. So we finally learn that Clary and Jace are not brother and sister and are free to express their feelings for each other.

However, things are not yet at an end because Valentine manages to get hold of the three mortal instruments and summons the angel. However, by some clever rune-writing on Clary's part, she is able to influence the outcome of the angel's presence. Eventually, Shadowhunters and Downworlders, who were at odds with each other, decide to come together and live peacefully, which is necessary if they are going to defeat enemies like Valentine in the future.

This is really satisfying end to the trilogy and the different threads of the story are brought together perfectly. Not only do we have two amazing protagonists with special powers that they are developing, we also see their romance achieve fruition. The world of The Mortal Instruments has become more complex and a lot more characters have been added, but Clare has the talent of making them all sympathetic. Even when the character is not completely moral, like Sebastian, the Shadowhunter born of demon blood, we still feel his pain and his feeling of being torn between doing the right thing and the wrong.

Cassandra Clare's real name is Judith Rumelt and she was born in Iran to American parents. Her family traveled a lot when she was young, so she lived in France, England and Switzerland before the age of ten. Since they were never in one place for too long, young Judith turned to books and always carried one under her arm. As an adult, she worked for various tabloids, writing celebrity gossip, but in 2006, she started writing fiction full time and playfully jokes that she never wants to write about Paris Hilton again. She is friends with Holly Black, also a fantasy writer and the two often refer to characters in each others' books within their own work.

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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Clare continues her talent for mixing hip, modern humor with traditional fantasy, and fans eagerly awaiting the series conclusion should come away more than satisfied.” 

    School Library Journal

  • “Clare moves the plot quickly to a satisfying end.” 

    Booklist

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deniella | 6/19/2017

    " The third book in the series was awesome!!! Love how Clary gets to the City of Glass to save her mom. I knew she was going to get into all kinds of trouble and I was right. I still love how Cassandra writes the has a way with words and she makes you feel like you can't stop listening. The ending was the best part of all I was so right and it was great how it all came out. Going to start book 4 right away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hipster_kat | 2/13/2014

    " The City of Glass was spectacular! I wish I could rate it more stars! I just love that they introduced more characters! And that they spent more time in Idris! Something that I wish they could improve on was more point of views of Simon! I absolutely adore him! What would be the series without him? I just love the fact that Simon is more included in the book rather than the first or second! Also, I would like to know more about Alec and Magnus Bane relationship! They didn't talk much about them, I just hope they add in a Magnus or Alec point of view! Overall, I truly enjoy reading this book! And I am looking forward to continue reading this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 2/7/2014

    " This book just also just as good as the previous in the series. (Don't want to go into detail and give something away.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Shaffer | 2/7/2014

    " Romance and teenage heartbreak aside, this is a good read. I like the introduction of the weapons and tattoos as part of the offense and defense in the series. Still using vampires and werewolves; however, the warlocks and monks keep it fresh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barry Cassidy | 1/21/2014

    " Good continuation of the story. I found the will they won't they romance between Clary and Jace a bit drawing this time, thankfully the story seems to be looking a little less painful teen romance-centric "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalija Glisovic | 1/19/2014

    " Oh how I love this book!! It was impossible to put down and it was even better then the previous books (if that's even possible) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie olvera | 1/16/2014

    " Not what i expected, though it was catching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lins | 1/14/2014

    " Wow. This book definitely kept me turning pages. There is a lot of pay off for little seeds planted in the first two books, along with the usual angst, humour, and inventiveness that Cassandra Clare fills these books with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadine | 1/14/2014

    " Best book of the series. Hands down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen Robbins | 12/29/2013

    " Better than the first!! It just keeps you riding the adventure in a beautifully written story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pomegrante Shiroyama-hayashi | 12/29/2013

    " I read this in a day <3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Mayes | 12/24/2013

    " I'm totally in love with these books I can not put this book down. I love the story and the characters alike. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bookhaven | 12/16/2013

    " Wow this is a great book! I like how they pulled so much together in it and still kept it going! This author can do amazing things! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 12/3/2013

    " YES. There we go :D crazy unexpected plot twist oh my goodness I wasn't expecting that :) I'm so excited to read on :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 8/29/2013

    " Very exciting, almost a little too fast-paced for those who read before sleeping, and a nice resolution to the seemingly unsolvable sibling problem. Interested to see how the series continues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lily | 7/26/2013

    " Another super amazing book!!! I love all of the Mortal Instuments and I wanna read the next one so bad!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phalyn | 3/15/2013

    " LOVE IT!!!!! but I HATE Sebastian(Jonathon, What ever) I hant to rip his head offff!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charmaine Evangeline | 1/21/2013

    " I honestly think that this would have been a great way to end this series. But there are more.. Not saying that I don't want to read anymore of course. I love this series(: it's a amazing. this has to be my favorite book in this series so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 11/27/2012

    " LOVED IT! So amazing, just finished it and I neeeeeeeddd to read the fourth one NOW! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 8/25/2012

    " My favorite of this series so far! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan Notch | 5/5/2012

    " I HATE CLIFF HANGERS SO MUCH. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Mossey | 3/31/2012

    " Loved it. Glad to see how everything fit together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Simão | 3/17/2012

    " I couldn't put this book down! I held my breath every time there was a scene change because it would end abruptly or finish just before something big was going to happen... great characters + good writing = Great series!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cyndy | 6/30/2011

    " It was soooooooo boring. I thought it was ok in the beginning but as the story drags on it's pretty obvious that the author was changing Jace's parentage so that he and Clary can be together. Simon's awesome though. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 6/29/2011

    " COG is my favorite book in this series so far! Full of action, romance, and parts that will make you laugh, this book is close to perfect! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 6/27/2011

    " This series is awesome, I've been burning through these books so quickly!!! Love them... I'll continue when I finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lina | 6/26/2011

    " Y sigue siendo demasiada buena toda la saga se merece 5 estrellas en verdad es muy buenaa ! NO SON HERMANOS ;D jajajaja yo descanse y grite como loca al enterarme de que no eran hermanos ! C: muy bueno "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sunny | 6/26/2011

    " Loved this book, it was when Clary and Jace found out their real past, so now they can have a future together :) It ended really well, with no cliff hanger but I'm curious to know what happens in City of Fallen Angels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annabelle | 6/25/2011

    " First of all, like all the other books in this series, I LOVED IT and if you haven't read this book, GOODBYE GO READ IT!! This book, City of Glass had me screaming and shaking with excitement!! I was shaking and rolling with happiness!! I just absolutely LOVE this series!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheyenne | 6/24/2011

    " AMAZING! Again, breaking the scale :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 6/24/2011

    " 2/5 stars

    Too slow paced.. only the ending was good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grayce | 6/23/2011

    " one of the best of the books. especially the end i LOVED it "

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Author Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices trilogy, and she is coauthor of the Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson. She also wrote The Shadowhunter’s Codex with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than 35 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Clare lives in western Massachusetts.