This third installment of the Mortal Instruments brings everything to a final conclusion. Or does it? You can never tell if the writer will crank out more later.
In the meantime, you can enjoy the continuing story of Clary, Jace, Simon and all their friends and relatives. The threat of Valentine comes to the City of Glass: Idris. The reader gets to meet some relatives and friends that have been referred to but have never entered the story. What is up with this Sebastian character? Why does Luke’s sister hate him so much? Why is the whole Clave so resistant to fighting Valentine? And is it really the mark of death to be an Inquisitor?
Clary does some growing up but Jace does more. I kept expecting Clary to do more in this book, but she never does. Jace is the one character who is most interesting. The “forbidden” love between the two makes the story enthralling but I think Jace is a much more interesting character.
I don’t like to spoil books, so I will stop here.
What did this book have to do with my faith? At one point, [Spoiler alert!] Clary’s mother, Jocelyn, tells her that she spent all her time trying to protect Clary when she should have been training her to be who she was born to become. ” I thought you would be safe if only I could keep that world hidden from you. I never thought about trying to protect you by helping you to be strong and to fight (page 386).” Sometimes, as Christians, we tend to isolate our children from the “real” world, thinking that having them remain innocent and protected will help them to survive. What if it is better to “arm” our children with the love and armor of God and let them go out into the world just as it is. Certainly, God loved the whole world that he sent Jesus into it. Should we not do the same? This may be a scary thought for those of us who are parents and grandparents.
I recommend City of Glass to those who have begun the series.
To see my review of the first book, go here.