Friday, August 19, 2011

Book Review: City of Bones (book 1 of 3 of the Mortal Instruments)

Title: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Claire
Series: The Mortal Instruments #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult, Nephilim, Angels, Demons, Warlocks, Vampires, Demons, Faeries.

The first book that I read after years of not reading fictional books because of my busy schedule. To be honest the main reason why I read this book (and looking forward in reading the succeeding books) is that I saw this book on the bookstore while I was buying some educational supplies for my daughter. As I read the overview at the back of the book, it got me intrigued. Since I prefer reading this as an e-book, I got online and purchased all three e-book of the Mortal Instruments series.

The Overview from Barnes and Noble website:

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.

Review[Spoiler Warning]: "City of Bones" was a great start for the book series as it gradually introduce the readers to the protagonist Clary and Jace to somewhat in an "unintentional" and "unfortunate" situation (the  battle at the night club between Jace and co. against two demons, Clary's mother got kidnapped by someone or something and the eventual arrival of Clary and Simon to the "Instute"). The introduction of main antagonist Valentine was good as it was revealed that he was once part of a group of elite Shadowhunters which later gone rogue because of a clash of principles within the group. The book also introduced the readers to first of several of the "mortal instruments" which is the Mortal Cup. The book also chronicles Clary's conflicting relationship between her best friend Simon and Jace and the eventual discovery that Clary and Jace were the children of Valentine.Overall the book has establish the main characters' background and eventually setup on a more action pack adventures on the next book "City of Ashes".
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