City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Published March 27, 2007 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genres Fantasy, Young Adult, Supernatural
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City of Bones is the first book in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. City of Bones focuses on the main character, 15 year old Clary Fray, who unexpectedly witnesses Shadowhunters killing a demon in a nightclub called Pandemonium in New York City. The problem is, she isn’t supposed to be able to see them. Jace, a Shadowhunter, a warrior tasked with ridding the earth of demons, finds her again the next night at a coffee shop. From these, she is pulled into the supernatural world that is that of the Shadowhunters and encounters things like demons, werewolves and vampires that she never thought existed. When Clary’s mother disappears and she finds herself being attacked by a demon, she realizes that everything she thought she knew about her life is wrong. She gets deeper into the Shadowhunters and Jace’s world, while trying to find her mother and figure out why she suddenly has the Sight.
First, I know I am late to the party by not reading this fantastic series until now. I read half of City of Bones when I was in college, but was busy with my undergrad and never finished it. The book went MIA and then I saw the whole series in a thrift shop a few weeks ago and bought it. I really loved this book. The author has created such a magical world with all of the characters. I have found some fantasy books to be too long but this was perfect, even at almost 500 pages. The author takes the time to describe all of the characters, places and events in enough detail that we really get to know everyone and everything, but without going overboard. I felt like I really got to know Clary, Jace and Simon, as well as Isabelle, Alec and Luke. The book also, to me, has the perfect balance of action and character development. There was also some romance. The book is told from more of a narrators perspective, which I really liked as well. Most of the fantasy series I have read, such as The Hunger Games or Divergent, are told from only one main perspective. I really can’t believe it took me this long to start the series. For fans of fantasy series, I imagine if you haven’t already read this book/series, you will greatly enjoy it. I couldn’t put it down and read the entire thing in 2 days. I am really looking forward to reading the rest of the series. My one complaint was how things turned out between Jace and Clary; I try really hard not to put any specifics or spoilers in any of my reviews so that’s all I will say about that! If you haven’t read City of Bones, I highly suggest you go buy it and probably the rest of The Mortal Instruments series while you are at it! Happy reading!