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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones

City of Bones is the first book of the Mortal Instruments series. The series was originally a trilogy, but was changed into a six-book series. It was written by Cassandra Clare.

This is the synopsis on the back of the book:

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 Shadowhunters, 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. Withing 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 Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

This is not the first time I have read this book. After I finished reading the 5th book (see City of Lost Souls), I realized that I needed to reread the series.

The only perspective we get is the perspective of Clary. She is a strong character, but her life in the mundane world did not prepare her for the horrors of the Shadow World. We also learn about her mysterious past, including the infamous Valentine Morgenstern. There are also the love interests. They include her very strong love for Jace. It also includes Alec’s crush on Jace. Isabelle and Simon have a fling, but Simon is in love with Clary.

Then we have the quest for the Mortal Cup. The Mortal Cup can change mundanes into Shadowhunters. Isn’t that perfect for some evil dictator/cult leader who wants to quickly build themselves an army? In the middle of it, Clary realizes that she has some kind of power that the others do not have.

There are a lot of surprises. Many include the revealing of people’s true identities, but that goes with Clary discovering her heritage. More of it goes to whom she’s related to. Just as a warning, Valentine is very similar to his namesake (“Morgenstern” means morning star, which is a reference to Satan).

This is very fast-paced. This is an excellent novel for anyone who likes reading about the supernatural and young adult novels. It also has humor through jokes and sarcasm, but this is not really a comedy.

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fiction

Stars (out of 5): *****

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