Book Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare |The Mortal Instrument #1|

City of Bones

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Fantasy


Blurb (as on Goodreads):

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?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. 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 ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.


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“The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he’d learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.”

We all live a nice fictional world. They are a perfect escape, especially when there’s magic, dark arts, and vicious creatures. Cassandra Clase brings to us the world of Shadowhunters- a group of people who are born into it, law-abiding, warrior folks who kill demons and (try) to live in peace with the downworlders and the mundane (terms that have been described by her in the book).

Clary walks into a bar and sees a bunch of people who she is not supposed to see. When she invites herself trouble, she realizes that she has officially entered a territory no mundane can And in a series of events, she realizes that there’s a lot more to her and her life, that wasn’t told to her. Clary lives with her mother, and hence when her mother gets kidnapped, Clary asks the Shadowhunters for help. This unravels mysteries that are both bizarre and dangerous. As Clary is pulled deeper into the secrets of her past and her family, she finds solace in Jace, another Shadowhunter and a rather, remarkable one.

“Don’t stop there. I suppose there are also, what, vampires and werewolves and zombies?”
“Of course there are. Although you mostly find zombies farther south, where the voudun priests are.”
“What about mummies? Do they only hang around Egypt?”
“Don’t be ridiculous. No one believes in mummies.”

Cassandra Clare has a signature style, and her storytelling has a pattern. She engages people with the characters and hence, we are all sucked into the plot. This book is definitely a great example. There is a steady plot development and the characters grow along with the plot. There are a lot of characters but the author makes sure to make the important ones to stand out. As it is the first book in the series, it tends to get extremely descriptive so that we all are aware of the world and the terms the author has so smartly created.

Overall, an introduction to a different world done right. City of Bones is an adventure- fun, thrilling and somewhat, exhausting.


Purchase Links:               |Amazon Kindle||Amazon Paperback|

Coot_page_dividerShouldn’t have waited this long to start this series 🙂


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