Title: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Publication Date: March 27, 2005
When fifteen-year-old 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 strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing – not even a smear of blood – to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. 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 ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know….
Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.
Why, oh why do I wait so long to read books that come so highly recommended? You would think I would learn after reading so many awesome books, but no – I still put it off for forever and then eventually end up getting to it. City of Bones is a PRIME example of this ongoing debacle I have with myself.
The first thing that captured me while reading this book was the extraordinary fantasy world the author created. Even though this book was mostly set in NYC, the characters and the other worlds were so captivating and well detailed. I found myself re-reading certain sections just to make sure I kept all of the different weapons/runes/worlds/spells in line because I wanted to fully grasp every single thing. It’s not often I take the time to re-read, but this book was definitely worth it!
I LOVE JACE. He certainly has his flaws, but I love him just the same. He is so incredibly mysterious that I just want to learn every possible thing I can about him. He is elusive, cocky, rude at times, and a complete PITA – and yet, I still love him. I also loved Clary and all of her issues she has to deal with throughout the book. I like how the author portrays her as a BA but still shows her vulnerability and weaknesses.
I think the last 100 pages were the very best part of the book. I breezed through them because I just HAD to know what was going to happen next. And that twist at the end….HOLY COW!! I obviously can’t say any more without spoilers, but that pretty much sums it up – HOLY COW.
I hope that we learn more about some of the characters in the next books. After finishing, I really craved more information on the back stories and lives of certain characters, which I’m sure was on purpose and will be delved into during the rest of the series.
This book is perfect for those who enjoy fantasy and sci-fi with some paranormal and romance thrown into the mix. If you decide to read City of Bones (which you definitely should) you will seriously be on the edge of your seat the entire time. I would suggest reading it in longer sittings though, because there is so much detail and a lot to take in. It’s a little hard to read for short bursts of time and be able to fully grasp everything going on.
I can’t wait to read City of Ashes, City of Glass, AND Clockwork Angel!