Author: Cassandra Clare (pen name)
Series: The Mortal Instruments
Prior Books: The City of Bones, The City of Ashes
Summary: Clary Fray is travelling to the City of Glass (home-base for the shadowhunters) to find the one person she thinks can save her mothers life. But she is in for a lot more than she bargained for: not only is it against the law for her to enter sans permission, but her assumed brother (they have a possibly incestuous relationship) is not happy. To top it off her friend Simon is kept prisoner. She allys herself with a mysterious shadowhunter Sebastian. As Valentine (her insane father) tries to initiate a war; the Downworlders are called on as possible allies. Clary is the key who is about to find out where everyones loyalties lie.
Thoughts: I've always loved this series, Cassandra Clare's writing makes the characters seem so real and the reader feels like they are looking right over their shoulders. The characters are also vivid and funny. The whole is-Jace-her-brother plot was really well done, while we all knew what the results would be, Clare still makes it suspenseful. In addition there is a lot more behind past events in the series that's revealed. I don't want to spoil this too much there is the kind of ending we all hope for. This is also probably the most action orientated out of the bunch. The Mortal Instruments has always done urban fantasy really well (the worlds blend together great) and even with a change of scenery it still maintains the same feeling as the previous two. Well done Miss Clare! (This book was so good, I skipped school to read it!)
Cover: I love the covers of the series, their gorgeous. However I don't like how they always stick a quote right in the center. It should join the other reviews on the back. I also want to know why Tamora Pierce's quote didn't earn center spot. (No offence to Miss Myer but Tamora is like the ruler of YA fantasy.) It's too bad there are only the 3 books because Simon, Alec, and Isabelle definitely deserve their own beautiful covers.
Rating: 5 stars (I realize this review sounded a little snappy but I really did love it)
PS: The new inquisitor is somewhat reminiscent of Cornelius Fudge to me, anyone else picture him this way? Also anyone exited for the prequel trilogy? I cant wait to see Clare do Victorian England.