- Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
- Format: Paperback | 485 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 210mm x 35mm | 431g
- Publication date: 1 March 2008
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 1416955070
- ISBN 13: 9781416955078
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 1,299
Discover this first installment of the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and "prepare to be hooked" ("Entertainment Weekly"). 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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By Mariasi Robert 13 Jan 2013
I may be very though when we talk about books .Sometimes i find it hard to find books that will keep me reading for hours.Without doubts Cassandra Clare wrote a novel which i am totally in love with .I bought this book some months ago and i am telling you it's one of the best novels on my shelves .
Mystery : 9/10
Language : 10/10
Characters : 10/10
I am definitely looking forward to reading the other books of this series.
By Alina Solomkina 11 Oct 2012
I first found out about Cassandra Claire's work when I saw Clockwork Prince advertised after it had just been published. I'd never read fiction about warlocks and werewolves, so I decided to give it a go. After reading the first two books of the Infernal Devices series, I fell in love with the world of shadowhunters and the characters of those series. So while I was impatiently waiting for Clockwork Princess to come out, I decided to get my shadowhunter fix from the Mortal Instruments. Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed. When I was reading the Infernal Devices, I found it very interesting and exciting to learn about the new world Cassandra Claire had created. But when reading the same thing in the City of Bones, I got plain bored. I guess many fans of the Mortal Instruments series felt the same way when they were reading the Infernal Devices. I was also losing interest because of the similarities in the plot: the main girl is "special", she doesn't know what she is, her relative is missing and she is using the newly-found shadowhunter friends to help her rescue them. I did get more invested in the storyline of the City of Bones towards the end of the book, and the last 150 or so pages saved it for me. However, I still didn't really grow to like and care for the characters, and I am not sure if I will bother with the rest of the Mortal Instruments. As wonderful as the world of shadowhunters is, after reading this book I formed an opinion that you can only like one of series - the other one will just bore you with similarities.
By Najla Qamber 06 Sep 2012
I've been meaning to start reading this series since... umm... 2010. But I didn't feel it when I did pick it up for the first time, and I had to put the book back down. Then finally, two years later, I got the chance to sit still and finish the entire book without falling asleep.
There is a lot of hype about this series and yes, my expectations were pretty high the first time I picked it up. But the second time around, I was passive about it. I didn't really know what I would like about the book. At the moment, I still feel pretty emotionless and neutral to the entire storyline and characters.
Let's start with the beginning. As much as I'd say it was a good start to the book, I felt indifferent to it. It was something I've read in Urban Fantasies or Adult Paranormal Books. In adult paranormal books, they seem to all start with a club scene. I guessed Clare mixed things up to be unique.
When the characters came in, the only thought I had was that Simon is sweet, and Jace is hot, I disliked Isabelle and Clary. Clary because she tends to use Simon ALOT. And Isabelle because her mood swings are intolerable. I'm waiting for the part in the series when I start liking and falling in love with each good character in the story. At the moment, my favorites are Luke and Simon. Jace is just an idiot towards the end.
Now, lets talk about the storyline/plot. As much as I'd like to say that it was awesome, it wasn't to me. I don't know why this book has driven me to be utterly emotionless about it. The storyline kept me turning pages thats for sure. It was like a mixture of predictability and originality. But then it's sometimes not original at all. I guess, Clare put in a WHOLE mixture of everything to confuse us, so we'll just settle on calling the series unique.
Aside from that confusion, the book had a collection of the usual paranormal creatures like, warlocks, shadowhunters (demon hunters), feys, vampires, werewolves, witches, nixies and a whole lot more of creatures of the night that I have yet to understand and read about.
Finally, the ending of the book was disturbing, irritating and it makes me feel so happy that I have the rest of the series waiting to be read on my shelf, so all my doubts and fears can be written out.
Overall, the book was good, page-turning but not as awesome as I thought it would be. I'm not disappointed but simply, apathetic to the whole thing. I'm curious on how the movie will be like. And curious if the rest of the series will manage to make me fall in love with it.
By Stephanie Moore 09 Aug 2012
I absolutely LOVED this book and the whole series. Anyone who liked Twilight or the Hunger Games will like this book in my opinion. The characters are amazing and the storyline has so many twists and turns! I've just finished the 4th book and cant wait for number 5! Plus, the movie is meant to be out sometime next year i think so make sure you read it before then! You wont be disappointed.
By Linda 14 Jun 2012
Previously published on my blog: http://fictionfervor.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/review-city-of-bones-by-cassandra-clare/
Opening City of Bones is like a fantasy: first you're engulfed by this strange new world of Shadowhunters and mundanes, angels and demons, vampires and werewolves, and fey and warlocks. Then as you get wrapped up in this unique world, you also get wrapped up in this equally unique story Cassandra Clare has intricately woven, with secrets and truths, romance and war ...
Of course my favorite part of this book was the plot. I'm never one to turn down a good plot, and this one was no exception. Though this book was clearly only the beginning of Clary's long journey into the world of Shadowhunters, I was nonetheless lured in by the mystery and the romance. A Shadowhunter - also known as Nephilim, the offspring of an angel and a human who hunts down demons - named Valentine had sought to destroy all Downworlders (the term used for vampires, werewolves, faeries, and warlocks collectively), and in the first installment of this series, he has supposedly risen from the dead again. And Clary? I know this is totally a spoiler, but she's not a mundane. But she may just end up to be essential to destroying Valentine once and for all ...
I love Clary. She's honest and clever and artistic, and plus, she's a natural redhead. Having her as the protagonist makes the world of Shadowhunters, well, less crazy. She's a normal person - she could be my best friend or one of my classmates. But she's a bit of a Mary Sue. As normal as she is, sometimes I find that she's TOO pretty or that she's made out to be TOO smart. She doesn't have any bad qualities, and that puts a frown on my face, because as likable as she is, she's not so realistic.
Jace ... oh my. Jace is THE epitome of a "bad boy" in the YA universe. Hot, golden looks with a snarky attitude but an inner sweet-ness ... He's the kind of boy that will melt your insides. And though he seems so perfect, he certainly has his bad qualities, which actually DO make him more realistic. His romance with Clary? Fast and furious. A little too fast-paced for me, but I love them together. They're a beautiful couple - one that seems to love each other so beautifully and purely that they put shame to other couples in the same room. Oh, but that ending!
To put my review into a nutshell, I adored this book. I really, really did, but it was lacking in a few areas - mainly how unrealistic it was. But would I read the sequel? Of course.
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