City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Date Read: 30/08/2013
When 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 odd markings. This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunter’s, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons–and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line. It’s also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace. 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 an ordinary mundane like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunter’s would like to know.
City of Bones is the first instalment in The Mortal Instruments series. City of Bones is a fast-paced, action-packed paranormal book that keeps you invested in the story and the characters since page 1. Diving into this world is easy, effortless and so enjoyable. This book was fast-paced and fantastic. I couldn’t stop myself from turning the pages to see what would happen next. There is a whole world not only of Shadowhunters but werewolves, vampires. demons, and faeries too.
Clary Frey is oblivious to her best friend’s crush and mind wiped concerning her mother’s past. She has no clue, but she’s part of an elite group of people who fight demons, vampires, werewolves and more. After stumbling across these people, these Shadow Hunters, she’s thrusted into a world where she’s able to see things no mortal – Mundane – should be seeing and now things, and someone, are after her for something she never knew she ever had.
Jace, the main male character and the love interest of Clary, also has some interesting attributes. He is arrogant, but funny. He rejects the idea of love and only believes in the art of war. Before the death of his father, Jace was brutally trained to be an expert in the arts of war. He is said to be the best Shadowhunter of his age. Jace is described as having golden hair, eyes, and skin.
Simon Lewis is Clary’s best friend and essentially only friend for about 10 years. Simon only has three main interests; his band, keeping up with everything nerdy, and Clary. He is secretly in love with Clary, though she does not appear to reciprocate those feelings and is oblivious to them.
Isabelle Lightwood is described as tall and incredibly beautiful, with black hair and eyes. She is daughter to Robert and Maryse Lightwood and sister to Max and Alexander Lightwood. Isabelle’s priorities are simple: family, The Clave, and herself. She is determined to be strong and fight whoever in order to obtain what she wants. She is ruthless when it comes to protecting her family.
Alec Lightwood is the eldest son of the Lightwoods; therefore he carries much of the responsibility of the siblings. Throughout the book he is constantly struggling with what is right by his family and friends and what is right to the law. Alec’s self esteem is very low at the beginning of the novel which makes him lash out at Clary and other characters. He has black hair and blue eyes. Alec is a closeted homosexual, with the exception of Clary and Isabelle, and claims to be in love with Jace.
It’s difficult to pick my favorite character, but I found Simon to be the most relatable. His reaction to the Shadowhunter world felt the sincerest, and his humor was a nice addition to the instalment. He is a great friend towards Clary, and supported her decisions. I also loved Alec’s conflicted character. Lastly, Magnus, the sassy and fabulous warlock, fit perfectly with the book, and was definitely one of the many highlights.
Cassandra Clare completely amazed me with her unique world, including her writing and storytelling style. The writing of City of Bones was amazing, joyful and relaxing to read. Her writings are descriptive and detailed but not to the point of being redundant. The language is modern and witty which suits the story very well and often makes me laugh. I think what especially made the story gripping for me is that it flows with such little effort, it just keeps getting more and more interesting.
Cassandra Clare has a twisted and vivid imagination to create this world. The characters were well described and the scenes were well set. Additionally, I was particularly fond of her worldbuidling skills. I love the world introduced in City of Bones.
The beginning of the book was engaging, and got straight to the plot. However, it didn’t feel rushed, and was flowing at an excellent pace. Development of the world is extremely important in a world, and has to be done correctly to seem believable. Cassandra Clare explained the world well, in a way that didn’t feel dragged out but enough information to be understood.
In conclusion, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones amazed me with its action-packed storytelling, detailed world-developing and loveable character. It was an exciting book for me to read. The universe was amazing, and the characters felt extremely relatable. Ultimately this was a great start to a new series. I absolutely loved this book.
The Mortal Instruments is one of my all-time favourite series. Always has been, always will be.