Parents' Guide to

City of Glass: The Mortal Instruments, Book 3

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Exciting, violent series cycle concludes with a bang.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 15+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 12+

Another home-run for Cassandra Clare!

Another awesome book! Profanity level is the same as the second book. This book is a bit more graphic, but it makes up with its awesome plot. Positive references to the bible and Christianity. Romantic and slightly suggestive content.

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age 18+

Gruesome violent fantasy book

this book was filled with lots of violence and action with language. i disliked it a lot. I let my 18 year old read it and man he said it was filthier than anything he read! so i highly suggest 18+ t read this.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (47):

Derivative, predictable, and melodramatic can be good things when they're played for fun and done well, and this is done really well. Action, horror, complexity, romance, twists that aren't too hard to see coming, mysteries the reader will figure out before the characters -- they're all here, in just the right amounts, and mostly with just the right pacing, though, like most 500+ page books, it sags in places.

It's easy to find things to criticize: the climactic battle happens offstage; the religious and incestuous aspects may disturb some; there's a fair bit of repetition. But with characters who grow ever more satisfying, a cleverly detailed fantasy world, a thoroughly engrossing writing style, and a host of questions from the earlier books answered before the end, fans of the series will find this everything they had hoped for. And if you haven't read the first two books? Don't even think of trying this.

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