City of Ashes and City of Glass continue the adventures of Jace, Clary, Simon, and the rest of the Shadowhunters and Downworlders as they battle against the villainous, hateful Valentine. City of Ashes picks up very close to where City of Bones leaves off and ditto for City of Glass. City of Ashes still takes place in New York and in City of Glass we finally get to see Alicante. The Shadowhunters’ city, where supposedly no demon can get in. At least until Valentine’s schemes. Jace and Clary continue to have feelings for each other, despite the fact that they have been told they are brother and sister. The more they try to fight their feelings, the more impossible it becomes (leading to a lot of angst-ridden, almost bedroom/shower scenes where nothing actually happens except for pouting). In these two installments, we also get to learn a bit more about Downworlders. We meet the teenage werewolf Maia, the queen of the faeries, the religious vampire Raphael, and spend more time with the awesome (and glittery) Magnus Bane.
As for my opinion on these books, I think the series as a whole was very fun. I was trying not to get caught up in yet another fantasy series since I had read A Song of Ice and Fire this summer. However, I will repeat my thoughts from my review of City of Bones. The plot and setting are a bit pale in comparison with the characterization. The main characters are very well-rounded, particularly Simon, who undergoes a life-altering event. I will say, however, that there is one scene between Jace and Clary in City of Glass that was very, very intense and had me tearing up–a surprise, since I haven’t really been that emotionally involved with these books.
Anyway, here is the obligatory photo of Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace. I know they are going to make a second movie–I can’t wait!
(Look at that bone structure–ridiculous!)
Also, I will leave you with some music for your enjoyment. I think “China” by Tori Amos is perfect for Jace and Clary’s semi messed up relationship:
And “Same Mistakes” by the Echo Friendly doesn’t really have a whole lot to do with the series, but it’s a good companion song to any YA novel pretty much.