Review: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, Book One)

Title:  City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, Book One)
Author:  Cassandra Clare
Published:  March 27, 2007
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Genre:  Urban Fantasy, Teen
Review:  The first book in The Mortal Instrument series is chock full of the typical denizens of fantasy/horror/paranormal genres, including vampires, werewolves, warlocks, demons, and demon hunters, in the form of nephilim –the offspring of angels and humans in this series.  The Shadow Hunters (nephilim) don’t use “magic” in the traditional sense.  They carve runes into their skin and use devices that have been enhanced by magic or runes.  So, into this world, our main female lead, Clary Fray, is thrown when she is suddenly able to see through the glamour that hides the supernatural world from normal, “mundane” eyes.  Shortly, thereafter, Clary’s mother is kidnapped and she and the Shadow Hunters figure out who has her and that they need to find an item of great power that Mr. Bad is looking for so they can trade it for her mom.  The search takes them to a number of places, introducing Clary (and the reader) to a number of the supernatural races and their relationships to each other.  They figure out where the item is and manage to get it, but are betrayed by one of their own who steals the cup, forcing them to attempt a raid on Mr. Bad’s lair to save Clary’s mother.

Bottom Line:  Aside from intentionally letting “the bad guy” escape to setup the next book in the series, this is also a great stand alone book. The dialogue is mostly realistic, the action is good and plentiful, the pacing is great, and there’s a little romance, but not really enough for me to classify it as a paranormal romance.


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