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
Magic is dangerous – but love is more dangerous still… When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray arrives in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by – and torn between – two best friends, and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
Seeing the gorgeous cover for this book on various book blogs made me think that it was a book for me, so after checking it didn’t matter that I hadn’t read any of the Mortal Instruments series I bought this book and quickly settled to read it. Once I’d started I was completely hooked and found it very difficult to put down.
The plot is intriguing, and I felt that using Tessa as a device to explain the Downworld and Shadowhunters to the reader was excellent. It made the necessary exposition seem natural, to me there was never a feeling of the author having to shoehorn it in. I loved the world that Clare has created, the Victorian London backdrop worked so well and allowed for beautifully descriptive passages. The book contains some battle sequences, something I often don’t enjoy as much as the rest of the book. These were well written and had me reading with baited breath, sometimes not wanting to turn the page and find out what was about to happen.
I found the characters to be interesting and engaging. I’m always a sucker for male characters who are hiding something, Will and Jem both fit this description well and I wonder as the series progresses which one I will love the most. I found that I was really invested in what happened to the characters, there was a moment late on in the book that I hadn’t been expecting that left me crying on a train. Tessa herself still remains something of a mystery but I felt that this worked within the book, she is learning so many new things that her character is evolving with them.
I absolutely loved this book and am now planning to catch up with all of the Mortal Instruments books. The epilogue of Clockwork Angel has left me eagerly awaiting the next instalment in this prequel series.