Book Reviews

The Mortal Instruments Part 1 Book Review

Title: City of Bones; City Of Ashes; City of Glass

Author: Cassandra Clare

Published: 27th March 2007; 25th March 2008; 24th March 2009

Genre: Fantasy; Young Adult

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?

I decided to do a quick review of these three books, there is one overarching story, and it had been several weeks since I’ve read them. This review just briefly covers City of Bones, City of Glass and City of Ashes.

I had gotten back into reading and was looking for new young adult fantasy book recommendations. This series was suggested by several people. I managed to pick up the set of six books for a bargain price of £12 (£2 per book).

The Mortal Instruments tells the story of Clarissa (Clary for short), a teenage girl who is drawn into the world of shadowhunters, demons and downworlders.

Cassandra Clare is fantastic at telling this story; it is descriptive and draws you in. I think that you can tell City of Bones is her first published novel; her writing style improves through the next two books.

A greater story arc is created, parts of the main story are told from other characters points of view, along with smaller sub plots affecting them.

A villain you love to hate, a cringe inducing love story. There is loss, which reflects real life. I have yet to finish the second story arc of The Mortal Instruments but if the first three are anything to go by I’m sure I will love it.

“It means ‘Shadowhunters: Looking Better in Black Than the Widows of our Enemies Since 1234’.”

Lou @ Wishful Books Reviews

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