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 New York Timesbestselling series The Mortal Instruments.
Do not read this review if you haven't read the previous book!!!
There were a lot more scenes from Simon's POV. Since he's been turned into a vampire, more specifically into a Daywalker, his world has changed even more. People are now after him too, while all he wants is to try and live a normal life.
Clary is on a mission to save her mother and nothing will get in her way. The lack of support from Jace is surprising and she finds a surprising ally in Sebastian. He's a family friend of the Lightwood's.Nothing is at it seems though. Jace is keeping his distance to protect Clary and Sebastian has a few secrets of his own.
Then there is the overall threat of Valentine. At first the Clave is reluctant in believing he would dare to attack the city. They are too confident in their 'supperior' defense system. When it will take Shadowhunters and Downworlders working together to stop Valentine.
This time you really have to pay attention, because there were a lot of hints to what was to come and it is possible to figure it all out. Also the multiple crossing storylines were interesting.The main focus was on Valentine though. He is the biggest threat to them all. There is of course still that drama between Jace and Clary, having you wonder where this is going exactly.
Another great book, though the last fifty pages were the best, where everything came together and it all started to make sense. As usual a lot of action, plenty of drama and other typical teenage behaviour whil trying to save the world as they know it. A good end for the first trilogy.
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