In this third installment of the Mortal Instruments Series, Clary has shed her new-kid-on-the-block status in the hopes of saving her mother's life. I am still enjoying the ways that this character is developing, she has a strong personality, yet she is still likable and contends with just enough adversity to keep things very interesting. It's no walk in the park as Clary discovers more about herself, her natural (and supernatural) gifts, as well as learning more about the people she surrounds herself with.
Jace is still a tortured soul and that's part of what I love about him, It's great to have a lead character who is so competent in so many aspects of his life, but struggles with liking and accepting himself. We all do this as human beings, it's that bit of fragile balance that brings him to life making us feel something more that has me sold on him.
We also have the introduction of a few new characters (always a good thing), I was intrigued with Sebastian, a Shadowhunter with an unusual link and attraction to Clary. Since her relationship with Simon has taken some curious turns, this was a great time to create a new relationship triangle for her. What's a girl to do when confronted with more that one cute guy vying for her affection?
All in all, City of Glass is a solid sequel packed with a nice mix of action, excitement, betrayal and romance!
In City of Fallen Angels, Clary is embracing her destiny as a Shadowhunter complete with hours of grueling training. Finally all her relationships seem to be on track, that is until things go awry ( let's face it awry is unavoidable in these kinds of books) then we are on a journey to discover how Clary can help her loved one's.
Jace has more secrets to uncover, Simon is under a curse which Clary is responsible for, and once agaion chaos has ensued. My favorite part of this book is how prominantly Simon is featured. He started out in book one as a kind of drab best friend with a crush, but he has evolved so nicely over the course of the series. Even minus the romantic aspects of the story it would be worth reading because Simon really has a opportunity to shine here.
Another thing that keeps me interested in this series is that you never know who will turn to the darkside, either temporarily or permanently, and the truth has many guises keeping us from learning the outcome too soon. I'm looking forward to the next installment which I'll get to shortly!