Title: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments: Book 1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publication date: March 27, 2007
Genre: YA fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Adventure fiction
Recommended for: 14+
Clary Fray is the most mundane person there could be, or so she thought. Living in an apartment with her mother and only caring about getting into art school, Clary never thought that she was part of something greater. When Clary heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and carrying bizarre weapons. But when the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary, she starts to worry that she is losing her mind.
Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to killing demons. These Shadowhunters and the Shadow World co-exists among humans, but only beings with The Sight can see this world. The Shadow World consists of all of the story-time creatures: Demons, Warlocks, Seilies, Vampires, Wereworlds, and so much more. Within twenty-four hours, Clary’s mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed 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?
I found this book to be very interesting as the author does a great job of bringing this whole new world to life. Cassandra Clare takes the idea of childhood fantasy creatures and creates integrated storylines between each character that makes the Shadow World seem so real.
By reading the story through Clary’s perspective, the reader gets to learn about the Shadow World and Shadowhutners along with her–removing any exposition that may have been boring otherwise. I also really enjoyed the structure of the book as the reader does an excellent job of making Clary seem so mundane. In doing so, the reader connects more with her and the emotions that she experiences are much more understandable. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy series!