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The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass

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Transcript of The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass

Who Should Read?
My Critique
The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass
By Cassandra Clare

Persuasive Technique
I used the testimonial persuasive technique by including a positive review from Stephenie Meyer. Meyer has written the bestselling
series, so she has established herself as a popular and influential public figure, because of her massive fan-base. By including a review from Stephenie, her entire fan-base would feel inclined to read any books that she has enjoyed and taken the time to review.

Another persuasive technique that I used was the glittering generalities method. This book, like all teenage-fiction stories, possesses several concepts that would be considered inappropriate to some readers. However, including in-depth explanations of these concepts would be counter-effective to persuading the audience.

I appealed to public's sense of logic by providing an overview of the book, as no logical person would choose to read a book without having any idea as to what it is about.
I also appealed to the public's sense of liking by including information about the characters. One of the most powerful ways that readers can be convinced to read a book is if they find it to be relatable, and the best way to do so is to relate to characters. So, if the readers find a character that they can particularly identify with, they will choose to read the book as they will be able to imagine themselves in the character's shoes and will be able to empathize with them throughout times of turmoil, happiness and despair.

Who are the "Nephilim"?
The Nephilim, also known as Shadowhunters, are beings that possess an unknown quantity of angel blood. Their duty is to protect the world from demons.

The Nephilim gain their abilities from their angelic origins as well as runes (symbols burned onto the skin that provide heightened physical and mental abilities).
Notable Nephilim Characters
Who are the "Downworlders"?
Clarissa 'Clary' Morgenstern
Clary is an artistic and hot-headed 16 year old girl who only discovered she was a Shadowhunter a month ago. She is the daughter of Valentine Morgenstern and Jocelyn Fairchild, and is in love with her brother, Jace Morgenstern.
Jonathan 'Jace' Christopher Morgenstern
Jace is a driven and virtually fearless 17 year old Shadowhunter who acts with a maturity and athletic skill level well beyond his years. He is believed to be the son of Valentine and Jocelyn, and was raised by Valentine until he was ten years old, after which he was raised by the Lightwoods. When living with the Lightwoods, he became their adoptive son and parabatai to the eldest son, Alec. Jace is in love with Clary, but has gone to extreme measures to convince himself and Clary otherwise.
Isabelle 'Izzy' Lightwood
Isabelle is a narcissistic and somewhat promiscuous 16 year old Shadowhunter. Sister to Alec, Max, and Jace, and daughter to Maryise and Robert, Isabelle has lived most of her life hiding her fears and insecurities from everyone - sometimes including those she trusts the most.
Alexander 'Alec' Lightwood
The polar opposite of his younger sister, Alec is a self-conscious and serious 18 year old Shadowhunter, who believes that he must be the one to remain calm in a difficult situation. Between the group, Alec is the cleverest, but he has always believed himself to be inferior to Jace, in both bravery and skill (although his is Jace's parabatai). As if this insecurity wasn't enough, Alec has always had to hide secrets from others, knowing that they will judge him and treat him differently if the truth were to be revealed.
Valentine Morgenstern
The main antagonist of the first three

Mortal Instruments
novels, Valentine embodies the classic evil overlord characteristics: a genius level intellect, and a power hungry nature. However, Valentine does not believe his actions to be evil, but instead are justified as being for the good of humanity. He is the believed father of both Clary and Jace.
Sebastian Verlac
A 17 year old Shadowhunter, cousin to the Penhallows (who are friends to the Lightwood family). Initially, he appears to be kind, even funny at times, but as the story progresses, his true nature - and identity - is revealed.
Downworlders are beings who are part human and part demon. They can be said to be the demonic counterparts of the Nephilim.

Every fifteen years, the Accords are signed, ensuring peace between the races.

Downworlder species include:
Warlocks (Children of Lilith)
Vampires (Children of the Night)
Werewolves (Children of the Moon)
Faeries (The Fey)
Notable Downworlder Characters
Simon Lewis
Luke Garroway (Lucian Greymark)
The best friend of Valentine, and close friend of Jocelyn, growing up, Luke was a member of Valentine's Circle until he was bitten by and turned into a werewolf. Due to him no longer being a Shadowhunter, Valentine turned his back on him and said that it would be best if he killed himself.
Years after Jocelyn left Valentine with Clary, Luke found her and the two were reunited.
A kindhearted, compassionate 16 year old boy/two-week old vampire, Simon has been Clary's best friend for as long as either of them can remember, and he had been secretly in love with her for many years - that is, until he realized that this love was unrequited.
Recently, Simon has been adapting to his new 'life' as a vampire, and learning how to cope with everyone wanting him dead.
Magnus Bane
At 800-something years old, Magnus Bane is a sarcastic, witty, party-loving Warlock who is experiencing increasing difficulty living with the fact that everyone around him will one day be long gone - including the one whom he loves most.
Imagine living in a world in which all the stories you heard of as a young child were true. Imagine never knowing who could trust, always having to rely on nothing but your instincts and your training. This is the world of the Shadowhunters. This is the world of
The Mortal Instruments.
As Valentine gains power and influence over the Clave (the Nephilim government), the possibility of a final battle between demons and Shadowhunters, or Nephilim, is at an all-time high.
The only way to win: ally with the Downworlder "enemy".
Throughout the course of this tale, loyalties will be tested, trusting bonds severed, and the true extent of suffering will be uncovered.
As with all
The Mortal Instruments
books, reading
City of Glass
caused me to be entirely immersed in a world that is beyond my wildest imaginations. The book caused me to picture the characters as though they were real - as though I could interact with them. I realize that by saying this, I pose the possibility of sounding like a loon, but it is the complete and utter truth.
The characters created by Cassandra Clare - the world created by Cassandra Clare - have caused me to see my own life in a completely different light. Now after reading this book, I will never be able to go back.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass
, is best suited for readers aged 14 and up.

Even while
City of Glass
created a fantastical universe which all young adults (and some adults as well) are sure to enjoy, it did incorporate some topics that may be inappropriate to those of a younger audience.
Other Critiques: Stephanie Meyer
“The Mortal Instruments series is a story world that I love to live in. I hate to see the story end, but if it has to end, then City of Glass is the most perfect way for that to happen. Beautiful!”

— Stephenie Meyer, author of
Why Should You Read?
The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass
is an extraordinary tale of love, loss, adventure and deceit. In other words, it manages to bring together all sorts of fictitious concepts into one novel. It is because of this trait that
City of Glass
is a sure-fire hit to readers of a variety of fictitious genre preferences.

Besides, why would you - or anyone for that matter - even risk passing up the opportunity to read an amazing book?
Millions upon millions of people worldwide have enjoyed Cassandra Clare's work. Why haven't you?
Even though
The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass
is a wonderful work of fiction that should be read by all, the first two books of The Mortal Instruments series,
City of Bones
City of Ashes
, should be read first. After all, the quality of any book that causes it to be amazing (besides the plot line and the characters) is its element of surprise. To not read a series in order would defeat this very purpose, and cause the entire series to not live to the full potential.
The rune of Angelic Power
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