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I really have to stop reading books out by the pool.  When I do this especially with the good books I forget about the thing called the “sun” and I end up getting roasted.  I should’ve known better yesterday when I sat down to read Cassandra Clares’s City of Glass. I should’ve known that I was not going to be able to put down the book and now unlike Simon who is not affected by the sun I am a little bit burned.

 

It has been one really long as well crazy, heartbreaking, exhilarating, anxiety filled month for Clary. She has been one busy girl – mixing it up with vampires, werewolves and fairies, fighting demons and falling in love completely and totally.  Like I said it has been a helluva month for Clary.  When we last saw Clary both Clary and Jace were reeling from the fact that they were brother and sister.  I think you were able to hear a collective moan of “oh no” across the country when everyone reading the book got to that part.  On top of that her mother was in a coma and Simon her BFF was turned into a vampire.  Seriously can anything else go wrong?  Welcome to the final chapter in the Mortal Instruments trilogy – City of Glass.

 

The trip has been planned.  Everyone is going City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters.  Clary was going to save her mother, learn more about her past.  Life was going to be good once again.   However keep in mind the saying “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry”…. So what goes wrong?  For starters Jace doesn’t want her to go claiming that it is too dangerous especially if people, the wrong people find out what she can do with runes and then the Forsaken attack before Clary arrives wrecking havoc and forcing everyone, those left alive (including Simon) to escape through the portal to Idris. It is not easy getting into Idris.  You have to get permission from the ruling body and if you enter without permission you run the risk of death. Uh oh…. now how in the world is Clary going to save her mother? Clave be damned is how and she draws her own portal rune to transport her. Luke latches on at the last second in hopes of saving her but it is too late and they both wind up in Idris.  Good news is they made it; bad news is that Downworlders like Luke aren’t exactly welcome.

 

The action in this installment starts early and doesn’t let up until the very last page but now with Clary, Luke and Simon (who really shouldn’t be there) in Idris the twists and turns really begin.  If you thought what happened on the ship in the last book was intense you haven’t read anything yet.  Valentine who has yet to show all of his cards is planning something huge. He is just itching to use the mortal cup and he already has the sword.  Everybody is on full alert ready to battle for his or her lives.

 

I don’t want to reveal that many spoilers so lets just say Clare wrote a satisfying conclusion that will please her legions of fans. There is a lot going on in this book that much I will say. This book was probably my favorite out of three.  The book moved at a very good pace and delved more into the relationships that have entwined all the characters together. Familial issues take center stage and romantic issues are also abounded. There is also one really big surprise.  Does that mean Jace and Clary are together in the end? I’m not telling….

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