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. . . .
I read City of Bones last year for the first time. I picked it up right after I finished Cassie Clare’s Clockwork Angel. I fell in love with Clare’s writing and needed more. It didn’t hurt that both the Mortal Instruments and the Infernal Devices Series center around Shadowhunters. I was totally drawn into this amazing world. Before I was even half way through City of Bones I knew there was no turning back and ordered the next 3 books in the series. *sigh*
Clary is thrown into the Shadowhunters’ world right before her quiet, boring world falls apart. Nothing is what it seems and thanks to a series of new revelations, nothing will ever be the same. Fantasy becomes reality and she has to put her trust in a group of people that she never imagined even existed.
The characters in Clare’s books have such depth they are great to get to know. After just a few chapters you get totally drawn in and feel like you’ve just made a bunch of new friends. I experienced this in both series and reading any of these books more than once doesn’t diminish that feeling.
The descriptions, character interactions and flow of writing keep the reader totally engrossed and made this book impossible to put down. Even as a re-read, I still couldn’t stop. I get lost in these books every time I read them – in a very good way. I can’t wait to pick up City of Ashes again! Even though I know where the story is going, I still can’t stay away from this world once I dive into it again. I found, as I usually do when I re-read a book, that there were things I forgot and even small details I missed. The twists, turns and surprising revelations were almost as powerful as they were the first time around. To me, that’s a true test for an amazing read.
If you haven’t experienced the Infernal Devices or Mortal Instruments now is a perfect time to start. I’m not sure why I didn’t review these books the first time around. I think it may have been because I felt like any review I did wouldn’t do them justice. I decided to pick them up again in anticipation of the May release of City of Lost Souls. Hopefully I can catch up in my re-read in time for the City of Fallen Angels Read-A-Long, sponsored by Mundie Moms. 😉