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…
City of Bones is the first book in The Mortal Instruments series written by Cassandra Clare, who is also known for her ‘Infernal Devices’ series. Ever since finishing Harry Potter I have been on the lookout for a new series that delivers the same reading experience. When I came across the books by Cassandra Clare I thought that they might be in the same league, and I must say that I am very pleased with the first book. Just a note up front, The Mortal Instruments has some elements that might not be unique anymore but that did not stop my enjoyment at all, and solely because of this reason: Each book stands or falls by how it is written and, moreover, how the elements are used in producing the storyline. In this Cassandra Clare has managed to create an interesting new series.
To start off with the world that was created in City of Bones. The story takes place in present day New York where you get to meet Clary, the main protagonist of the story. From the start you are thrown into the supernatural aspects of the world, introducing the Shadowhunters. This organization deals with threats that arise from demons, werewolves and vampires. I found that the whole idea of the Shadowhunters is well thought out. They have a secret place located in Europe called “Idris”, connected by portals. Being half Angelic they also have some neat angelic weapons, swords, dagger and chakras! They are led by a librarian named Hodge who helps them out when injured, and above all the Shadowhunters have one great thing. Marks. It is from creating tattoos on their bodies that they can draw strength and heal instantly. It was pretty awesome to read about when they were gearing up for battle. Although you get to meet up with the Shadowhunters quite often, you do see less of the other supernaturals in City of Bones. Yes, there are scenes with werewolves and vampire and demons but they are not fully explored yet. In the end, with the ideas and the introduced elements, City of Bones turned out to be a dark story.
Stay tuned, as in the following weeks I will be reviewing the next books on the story, up next City of Ashes
By Jackson Longstaff