The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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. And she’s more than a little startled when the body disappears into thin air. Soon Clary is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world and back to their own. And Clary is introduced with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque monster. How could a mere human survive such an attack and kill a demon? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Rating: 4/5 stars

Publication Date: 27th March 2007

Page Count: 485 pages

Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

‘Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?’

Readers beware: If you’re not emotionally ready to read six-highly addictive, young-adult fantasy novels within the space of a week turn back now.

City of Bones, the first book in The Mortal Instruments series, is a teen-reader’s dream. Beautifully written and full of dark humour and quick-wit, Clare invites us into her incredibly detailed Shadowhunter world through our love for the mythological, the taboo, and the not-so-ordinary protagonist.

The novel centres around Clarissa Fray, a red-haired, feisty girl, who dreams of nothing more than becoming an artist, just like her mother. She is fifteen and at the crucial stage of self-discovery, yet no mundane can imagine just how much discovery will take place. Mundanes are humans – everyday people like you and I, and it turns out Clary is far from ordinary. Instead, she is a Shadowhunter – a human with angel blood coursing through her. She should have been raised to fight demons, to rid the earth of those who seek to compromise it and yet here she is, living in Brooklyn and completely oblivious.

Well, that is until one chaotic night where she sees a demon – disguised as a teenage boy – murdered by a bunch of sassy Shadowhunters. And from there, all hell breaks loose. Her mother has been lying to her all these years and the truth is about to prevail.

The book is placed with everything and anything 2007-2012 world were obsessed with: vampires, werewolves, love-triangles, conveniently absent parents (or in this case, not so absent, after all?), teenage heroics, and the search for magical items which in the wrong hands could end the world as we know it. No big deal, right?

Full of ridiculous amounts of sarcasm, action, and some hit-and-miss romance (you’ll see what I mean), City of Bones is for anyone willing to give fantasy novels a try. I want to compare it in some way to other books I have read and fallen in love with, but I don’t think that really does the book injustice. It’s incredible in its own right and needs no comparisons to convince you to read it.

In my opinion, this book should certainly be in your Fantasy-Top-10-To-Read-List this years, especially considering it’s a decade old now. You’ve already missed so much time to obsess over it; don’t miss anymore.

About the author

Judith Lewis, better known by her pen name Cassandra Clare, is an American author of young adult fiction, best known for her bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.

Clare’s website can be found here.

Her Twitter can be found here.

Her Instagram can be found here.

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