City of Glass is the third novel in the The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.
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 her best friend, 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 Times bestselling The Mortal Instruments.
Part One: Sparks Fly Upward
Part Two: Stars Shine Darkly
Part Three: The Way to Heaven
Epilogue: Across the Sky in Stars
- Clary Fray - the main protagonist of the series, Clary's gift is crucial to their victory against her father, Valentine.
- Jace Morgenstern - a very skilled Shadowhunter who, upon realizing that his father is alive and is the evil Valentine Morgenstern, is having problems figuring out who he wants to be.
- Alec Lightwood - the eldest Lightwood and Jace's parabatai; Alec's sexuality, which is frowned upon in the Nephilim society, and relationship with Magnus Bane bring up issues for himself and his family.
- Isabelle Lightwood - Alec's beautiful younger sister, Isabelle is a strong and fierce Shadowhunter, as well as a rebellious daughter.
- Valentine Morgenstern - the notorious leader of the Circle, father of Clary and Jace, and husband of Jocelyn. With the Mortal Instruments now at his disposal, Valentine puts his plans for the downfall of Shadowhunters and Downworlders in action.
- Jocelyn Fray - Clary's mother who put herself in a coma to prevent Valentine from getting answers from her.
- Maryse & Robert Lightwood - parents of the Lightwood children and heads of the New York Institute.
- Max Lightwood - the youngest Lightwood child at nine years old.
- Sebastian Verlac - a mysterious new player who meets Clary and the Lightwoods in Alicante.
- Aline Penhallow - a friend of the Lightwoods and the cousin of Sebastian Verlac.
- Amatis Herondale - Luke's sister who lives in isolation in Idris.
- Inquisitor Aldertree - the Inquisitor who replaced the recently deceased Inquisitor Herondale, Aldertree, contrary to his job, is not above blackmailing, lying, and pointing fingers at innocents to close a case.
- Madeleine Bellefleur - a friend of Jocelyn who claims to know how to help Jocelyn awake from her coma.
- Raziel - the patron Angel of the Nephilim.
- Ithuriel - an angel imprisoned by Valentine whose blood he used on his experiments.
City of Lost Souls is the fifth novel in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.
The demon, Lilith, has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from her captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing, but so is the boy she hates, Sebastian, the son of her father, Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed and bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.
No magic the Clave can summon can locate either boy, but Jace cannot stay away – not from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith’s dying magic has brought – Jace is no longer the boy she loved. He and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become what he most feared: a true servant of Valentine’s evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. Will the Shadowhunters hesitate to kill one of their own?
Only a small band of Clary and Jace’s friends and family believe that Jace can still be saved – and that the fate of the Shadowhunters’ future may hinge on that salvation. They must defy the Clave and strike out on their own. Alec, Magnus, Simon and Isabelle must work together to save Jace: bargaining with the sinister Seelie Queen, contemplating deals with demons, and turning at last to the Iron Sisters, the reclusive and merciless weapons makers for the Shadowhunters, who tell them that no weapon on this Earth can sever the bond between Sebastian and Jace. Their only chance of cutting Jace free is to challenge Heaven and Hell – a risk that could claim any, or all, of their lives.
And they must do it without Clary. For Clary has gone into the heart of darkness, to play a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing the game is not just her own life, but Jace's soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she even still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?
Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.
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The Prologue begins with Simon coming home to find that the encanto he performed on his mother had worn off. She’d covered the house with Jewish symbols, convinced that a murderer killed her son, putting a monster in his place. He receives a distress call from a distraught Clary - Jace and Sebastian had both disappeared.
It was reported that Jace and Sebastian had disappeared within mere minutes, leaving behind a large amount of fresh blood. The Clave turned to the Mortal Sword, forcing Clary to tell them anything she knew. After two weeks of repetitive testimony, Clary finds herself clear of wrongdoing. Unfortunately, the Clave de-prioritises the search for Jace and Sebastian, in favour to solving the issue with the smashed warding over Wrangel Island.
Clary remembers the Queen's bellKaelie gave her. She’d decided on the spot that she would never use it - because the Seelie Queen gives nothing for free. Desperate to find Jace, Clary nevertheless convinces Isabelle and Alec to meet with the Seelie Queen, taking Simon with them. The Queen requests the return of the Faerie rings, giving her word that if they are returned, her ‘help would be invaluable.’ She gives a haunting small speech, saying ‘For as if often the happenstance with that which is precious and lost, when you find him again, he may well not be quite as you left him.’
The next morning, Clary goes to the Institute’s library to retrieve the rings for the Queen. She is shocked by the presence of Jace - with Sebastian. Clary reflects that watching the duo ‘was like watching Jace with Alec, someone he was so comfortable with, he could touch them without thinking about it.’ - it petrifies Clary because the Jace she knows and loves would stop at nothing to kill Sebastian.
Meanwhile, Alec and Magnus has a fight because Alec believes himself ‘just another lover’ to Magnus. Magnus’ immortality had bothered Alec since he found out Magnus has had many lovers in his past, and it didn’t help what the Seelie queen said to him the day before - ‘how swift mortal loveliness does fade… what will your warlock lover say then of your beauty?’
When they left, she portaled to the meeting place and told everyone what she saw. Everyone was pretty alarmed about that fact, but after Jace's and Sebastian's appearing in Luke's house, and near death of Luke in the process, Clary took extreme steps: she voluntarily follows Jace and Sebastian to their safehouse alone, risking her life.
Meanwhile, Magnus, Jocelyn, Alec, Isabelle, Maia, Jordan and Simon are trying to figure out a way to cut the connection between Jace and Sebastian, which binds them in such way that if you kill one, you kill the other as well. Jocelyn and Isabelle go to the Iron Sisters, experts in weapons. There, they learn that only a weapon from Heaven or Hell can sever that connection. Simon raises the angel Raziel, who, rather grudgingly, gives him Glorius, sword of the archangel Michael, but demands stripping the Mark of Cain from him. By allowing that, Simon is left without any supernatural protection.
Throughout the storyline there is a reoccurring theme that foreshadows what is next for the Shadowhunters. Raphael Santiago is one of the first to tell Simon Lewis that “There is a great darkness coming. It will sweep the Earth with fire and shadow.” There will be no more Shadowhunters, and “even the angels will be destroyed”. Then there is Magnus Bane telling Simon Lewis about his dream of a “City all of blood, with towers made of bone, and blood running in the streets”. Magnus Bane also says that “the darkness is coming. A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of death, without order and where the light is as darkness ”. Clary Fray also has dreams that foretell what is to come. In one dream there Simon is crying, and she also sees human bones and canals filled with blood.” Sebastian (Jonathan Morgenstern) only reiterates what is to be expected when he tells Clary “this world will be consumed by hellfire” and at the end in the battle, there is Jeremy Pontmercy who tells Jocelyn Fray “Blood will run in the streets of every city. The world will burn, "that the dark Shadowhunters will rise from the ashes as the "Phoenix Triumphant". The question remains of who is going to be the real Phoenix.
Part Two: Certain Dark Thing
Part Three: All Is Changed
- Clary Fray - a new Shadowhunter whose training is cut short when her trainer, and boyfriend, Jace, is abducted by her brother. In an effort to save him, Clary makes a hasty choice with unknowable consequences.
- Jace Lightwood - one of the most skilled Shadowhunters of his generation and the boyfriend of Clary, Jace's resurrection made him a target of Lilith and Sebastian's plans.
- Sebastian Morgenstern - also known as Jonathan, Sebastian is the rather evil brother of Clary, and the son of Valentine and Jocelyn. Recently brought back to life, Sebastian binds himself to Jace and puts his plans into action.
- Alec Lightwood - the eldest Lightwood and Jace's parabatai, Alec is in a relationship with the warlock Magnus Bane.
- Isabelle Lightwood - Alec's beautiful younger sister, Isabelle is a strong and fierce Shadowhunter, who finds herself falling for Clary's best friend, Simon.
- Jocelyn Fray - Clary's mother and Luke's fiancé. Their wedding postponed indefinitely, Jocelyn is racked by the guilt of her son's actions and concern for her daughter who has gone off with her boyfriend and her brother.
- Maryse Lightwood - the mother of the Lightwood children and head of the New York Institute.
- Brother Zachariah - a Silent Brother who, for some reason, is unlike his other Brothers.
- Amatis Herondale - Luke's sister who becomes involved in Sebastian's dangerous plans.
- Iron Sisters - the forgers of the Nephilim's weapons whose aid 'Team Good' might just need to help a friend.
- Elaine Lewis - Simon's mother who has shunned Simon upon finding out that he is a vampire.
- Rebecca Lewis - Simon's sister who comes home from college in concern for Simon.
- Raziel - the patron Angel of the Nephilim.
- Azazel - a Greater Demon credited as the Forger of Weapons who 'Team Good' will cautiously summon for help.