Review: City Of Bones: The Mortal Instruments Book One by Cassandra Clare

Clary Fray thinks she’s a fairly ordinary fifteen-year-old girl–until the world as she knows it falls apart, all starting the night she and her best friend, Simon, visit the Pandemonium Club. Sure, in a city the size of New York, a lot of weird things happen; but Clary didn’t expect to witness one of the weirdest.

What she sees that night is a murder, a murder committed by tattoo-covered teenagers no one else can see–a murder with no body left behind. That’s certainly a sign that Clary’s life is about to get a little farther away from normal, and it certainly does so.

Clary’s life is falling to pieces. Her mother goes missing. Clary is attacked by a creature- a demon. She’s seeing things no one else can–including the Shadowhunters, demon hunters whose world is hidden within Clary’s own. She meets three young Shadowhunters – Jace, Alec, and Isabelle – and is quickly sucked into their world, searching for her mother, trying to protect herself, trying to sort out what’s real, what’s true, and what’s not. It is, obviously, a bit much for anyone to handle, but Clary’s got no choice. Along the way, she’s discovering her past, herself, and just who the Shadowhunters really are.

This debut novel from a brilliant, smart new voice in Young Adult literature is a marvelous adventure, full of fantastic twists and turns just when they’re least expected. The complexity of the story, the threads from the past and present intertwined, is reminiscent of the Harry Potter series–and that’s high praise!

The writing of this magical story is excellent, and I was very impressed with the wonderfully lifelike characters and amazing magical world hidden within our own. I was reminded of Holly Black’s mastery of the urban fantasy genre. The captivating story told by the very talented Cassandra Clare in CITY OF BONES is surely the start of a brilliant series–I can’t wait for the next MORTAL INSTRUMENTS book. This fantasy is truly unforgettable.

Rating: 10/10