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. 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 an ordinary mundane like Clary? and how did she suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like no know….
City of Bones, the first instalment in the popular Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, came highly recommended to me and I must admit apart from reading a few reviews, I didn’t know much about the series or the author. Upon completing City of Bones, I cannot believe I’ve waited so long to do so! I was definitely missing out.
City of Bones is set in New York City, where fantasy meets real life. The book begins with the introduction to fifteen year old Clary Fray. She is your typical teenager; she argues with her Mother and goes out to clubs with her life-long best friend Simon. However, Clarys world begins to change when she begins seeing people others can’t. This happens when Clary witnesses the killing of a blue-haired teenager at a club one night. Three mysterious teenagers with strange tattoos are responisble but no one else can see them but Clary. The teenagers are in fact Shadowhunters; the people responsible for ridding the world of Demons. From this point onwards, Clary is thrust into a whole new world of magical creatures and her life changes forever.
From the very first page, I was hooked. Honestly, there is so much action and unique concepts in these pages that it’s not surprising I couldn’t put the book down. This is a fantasy book like no other: the creatures and the world they inhabit is so unique and intriguing that I was completely engrossed. I wanted to learn more and boy did I! Just when I thought I knew everything, I was enchanted by something new. However, I must make a point that the complexity of this ficitional world was by no means confusing – just very exciting!
One of many unique ideas City of Bones brings to the young adult genre are the Shadowhunters. The shadowhunters were created when the Angel Raziel mixed his blood with human blood in the Mortal Cup. They exist to fight demons and from birth, they are trained to do so. The Shadowhunter I liked the most was Jace Wayland. He is mysterious, good-looking and comes out with the funniest comments. I really enjoyed reading about him and as the book progressed, I began to see a different side to him but this only made me like him even more. The chemistry between Jace and Clary is undeniable but this doesn’t mean it is easy.
I found I liked most of the characters in City of Bones which is usually a rarity for me. Clary seemed to me really genuine and it was very interesting to read how she deals with the new changes in her life. For me, she was honest and witty and that made her a strong character. Then there was her life-long best friend Simon. He has that cute geek thing going on and it is obvious he is in love with Clary. Clary is oblivious to this and as a result I couldnt help but feel for Simon. There are plenty of other brilliant characters introduced in this first instalment, however it was Jace, Clary and Simon who really grabbed my attention.
What I loved most about City of Bones was the ever present twists and turns to the plot line. I couldn’t predict what was going to happen and there were a lot of shockers along the way. It was for this reason I found myself flying through the pages and hesitant to stop reading. I became completely engrossed in this unique world where the action was beautifully complimented by the characters within it. I have to say the ending was the biggest shock of all and perhaps not what I necessarily wanted to happen but that doesn’t deter from me wanting more. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series (I’ve bought it already) and if you haven’t read City of Bones yet, I definitely recommend you do. I can’t believe I waited this long to read it myself!