Sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is an ordinary teenager, who likes hanging out in Brooklyn with her friends. But everything changes the night she witnesses a murder, committed by a group of teens armed with medieval weaponry. The murderous group are Shadowhunters, secret warriors dedicated to driving demons out of this dimension and back into their own. Drawn inexorably into a terrifying world, Clary slowly begins to learn the truth about her family – and the battle for the fate of the world.
I read the first book in Cassandra Clare’s new series The Infernal Devices earlier this year and I loved it. Whilst I’m waiting for the next book in the series to arrive this September I thought I’d make a start on the Mortal Instruments series, starting of course at the beginning with City of Bones.
I very quickly found myself being caught up in the world of the Nephilim once more. This series is set in the modern day and it was great to see that the plot fitted as well in a modern American setting as it had in Victorian England. The plot was fast paced and brought in lots of characters with a range of supernatural backgrounds. With every new discovery I found I wanted to keep reading to find out how this new character would fit in to the story.
I liked the main character Clary, though her naivety and oblivious nature did at some times frustrate me a little. Her best friend, Simon, was hugely likeable and I was pleased with how he kept reappearing in the story. Jace, the Shadowhunter that Clary first met was typically mysterious and attractive, though as yet I don’t find him quite as engaging as I did Will and Jem from Clockwork Angel. The character I’m most interested to read more about is the warlock Magnus Bane, I fell for him instantly.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit back into the world of the Nephilim. Whilst City of Bones didn’t grab me quite as much as Clockwork Angel I still had a wonderful time reading it and I can’t wait to carry on with the series.
City of Bones is published in paperback by Walker Books in the UK priced £7.99