Title: City of Bones
( The Mortal Instruments #1 )
Author: Cassandra Clare
First published: 27. March 2007.
Edition: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Paperback, 544 pages
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult | Paranormal
Summary: 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. And she’s more than a little startled when the body disappears into thin air. Soon Clary is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world and back to their own. And Clary is introduced with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque monster. How could a mere human survive such an attack and kill a demon? The Shadowhunters would like to know…
◄ 3 out of 5 stars ►
Before I actually start writing the review I have a few things to say. I have read The Infernal Devices (and loved them) – just thought I would point that out. And I know many spoilers for this entire series, so most of the things that happen are not going to surprise me. (Though I’m sure I’ll find things I didn’t know beforehand.) Well, that was expected, as this series is very popular and I haven’t really tried to avoid the spoilers for some reason. Anyway, onto the review!
The writing: It was good but nothing too special. All in all pretty average. But I already expected this, I mean this is the first book Cassandra Clare has written and I know that she can write better – as proven by her later books. Anyway, I loved the dialogue that she writes. It was very funny and supper witty – my favourite kind.
The world: As I have read The Infernal Devices I already knew that I was going to love the world of the Shadowhunters. It was great reading about it and getting re-introduced into it. I’m very exited to continue reading this series and finding out more things about the world while doing that. 😀
The characters: Cassandra Clare manages to create some of the best characters that there are. I already loved Magnus Bane before starting this book and it was wonderful to read about him again. (He is my favourite character!) The others that I really liked are Simon, Izzy and Alec (in that order). Though I’m kind of indifferent about Jace and Clary at the moment – I like them at some points, at others they start annoying me. Who are your favourite characters in this series?
The story: Now onto the part I had the most problems with (aside from the writing), the story. I did find it entertaining and I wanted to know what was going to happen next – well for the most part anyway. There were times I simply lost interest in what was going on. It was also very weirdly paced at times.
All in all: I enjoyed this book as a whole. The characters are wonderful as is the world. And I know that the writing and story will improve. I’m very much looking forward to reading more from this series. Hopefully I’ll get to the next book some time soon. Would I recommend it? Yes, though I don’t think it’s needed as most people have already read this series. 😄
Thank you for reading my review! I hope you have a wonderful day. 😀