Book Review

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones Book Cover City of Bones
The Mortal Instruments
Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry Books
March 27th 2007

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...

The Mortal Instruments is a series that I am sure I read a very long time ago with no recollection of doing it, regardless of whether I have read it or not I am glad that I have now read the first book.

I am totally blown away by this book. You can tell the amount of effort that Cassandra Clare put in when planning out this series, this book. The world of the Shadowhunters is so vast I am sure that I would be completley lost but that is what makes this book so good and so unique to others. Yes it has your typical Vampires and Werewolves, but what it also has is a different twist on these sub typical species. Cassandra Clare drags them into her own little universe and makes them better.

The story was compelling and I was overwhelmed with needing to know what was going next and what would happen next. Cassandra Clare is so good at dropping hints everywhere that when they are eventually revealed you feel stupid for not realizing and that is what makes this book better. I loved that I could read it without knowing what was going to happen next. It had me hooked.

The characters are so beautifully thought out that I want to make half of them my best friend and the other half my lover. I just adored them all. I have to admit I can’t decide between Magnus or Alec being my favourite character. I am leaning more towards Magnus and that’s because of his personality. He’s just one of those characters that you can’t take serious and even though he isn’t a major character or that present in this book I still loved him.

This story world is one that I would love to live in and I can’t wait to get stuck into the rest of the books.

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