“Shadowhunters: Looking Better in Black Than the Widows of our Enemies Since 1234.”
City of Bones is the first book in The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare.
Clary, a fairly naive fifteen-year-old, is exposed to a world she didn’t realise existed when she stumbles across a murder at the Pandemonium Club. She could try and report the murderers to the police but problem is no one else can see them and their victim disappeared into thin air after his demise. Who are these mystery murderers I hear you ask? Well they are Shadowhunters… tattooed badasses who hunt and kill demons. Clary is drawn into their world when her mother disappears and she herself is attacked by demons.
So the first time I read this book as a young teen the twist at the end had convinced me I would not continue the series… however after a friend repeatedly hinted that it was worth continuing and that it wasn’t what it seemed I thought I’d try and push through.
I’m still torn that Clare decided to end the first book in a series like this. I understand why many have probably failed to continue the series or have refused to read it when people have brought up the plot twist.
This series as a whole is pretty great though and I adore Clare’s other series set in this world called The Infernal Devices and The Dark Artifices.
“Sarcasm is the last refuge of the imaginatively bankrupt.”
I really can’t say much without spoiling the plot but the Shadowhunter world is interesting and well worth a read. I do prefer The Infernal Devices series over The Mortal Instruments but this series does a great job of setting up the world and it’s interesting to see the ways the other series overlap with this one.
Give it a go and if you don’t like it then at least try the first book in The Infernal Devices series too… you don’t necessarily have to read The Mortal Instruments to understand it.
Thanks for reading!