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City of Bones

a book series by Cassandra Clare

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More Twists Than You Can Poke a Stele At!

  • May 11, 2009
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Buffy Summers has got nothing on Clary Fray! And who needs Angel when you have Jace Wayland on your side? Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments has everything that Buffy has and more! Complicated relationships? Check! Demons, Vampires and Werewolves? Check! Warlocks? Check!!

Cassandra Clare has created a fantastic world that is right in front of our noses; we just can't see it... yet.
Clarissa Fray thinks that she's a normal teenager, and her mother has gone to great lengths to keep it that way. That is until one night, Clary, out at local all ages club Pandemonium with her best friend Simon, witnesses a murder committed by three strangely marked people; people only she can see.

At first, Clary thinks she's seeing things, but when one of the assassins shows up again, and now Simon can see him too, she realises that there is more to New York City than meets the eye. An attack on her mother leads Clary to the New York Institute, the home of the Shadowhunters; tattooed warriors that protect us, the mundanes, from what they call Downworlders, the vampires, the werewolves, the fey, and the demons. Their tattoos give them super human powers to help them to protect us from the Downworlders. It is here that Jace Wayland, and Alec and Isabelle Lightwood live.

The Shadowhunters, originating from the country of Idris (apparently located somewhere near Germany), are a dying breed. The Clave, who are the rulers of Idris, are shaky in their hold over Idris, and Valentine Morgenstern is on the rise again. Valentine is responsible for almost destroying the balance in Idris, and will stop at nothing to take over the Clave. He's got some pretty serious tricks up his sleeve...

Can Jace and Clary stop Valentine? Will their budding relationship get off the ground, or will Valentine drop a bombshell that changes EVERYTHING???

I absolutely LOVE this trilogy!!! It is one of the bes series out there at the moment, and you are definately missing out if you don't get your hands on them!!! Cassandra Clare has taken an idea we have become all too familiar with lately and put more than one fantastic twist on it! In particular, I think her use of weaponry is incredibly smart; her characters use blades called "steles" to draw their tattoos, or Marks, on their bodies. These marks help the Shaadowhunters to fight, and to heal. Clare's ideas in this area are brilliant and well thought out. I love the idea of Idris being somewhere in Europe, although no one knows exactly where. Clare's world within the world idea is intricately woven.

It can get a bit confusing, but things do make sense after a while! If you're homophobic I wouldn't recommend reading this, one of the supporting characters is gay and has a boyfriend. It's not prevalent, but if it's not your thing then I suggest you steer clear. However, overall I would definately recommend picking up this series!!

City of Bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass are all avaliable now!

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review by . June 24, 2010
Clary is your average teenage girl... or so she thinks until she goes to a night club and sees three teenagers slay a demon. The Shadowhunters are a  group of people trying to keep the world safe from the evils that lurk in the shadows. Clary finds out that her mother is was a Shadowhunter  and had taken Clary away from that life when she was a baby. Her mother had taken her to a Sorcerer and had her charmed, so that she would forget anything supernatural she saw, every year on her birthday. …
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
Great book, for those who love fantasy. Very suspenseful but simple to read.
Quick Tip by . June 04, 2010
I liked the beginning, enjoyed the characters, but this last chapter unthreaded the entire book and left me discontent.
review by . September 03, 2009
I have to be honest.  As bad as the Twilight series is... one can actually read those books and actually push through them.  The Mortal Instruments?  Not so much.  This review centers primarily on the first book in the series: City of Bones.  It's the only one I read.  And if one creates a data point for it, I'll happily move this review over there.  Until then, this will do.      I pick up a lot of young adult literature.  …
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Book One: City of Bones
Book Two: City of Ashes
Book Three: City of Glass
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ISBN-10: Mortal Instruments Boxed Set (hbk.): 1416997857
ISBN-13: Mortal Instruments Boxed Set (hbk.): 9781416997856
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
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