WARNING: SOME SPOILERS FOR EVERYTHING SHADOWHUNTER. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK
December 17, 2016
“Where there is love, there is often also hate. They can exist side by side.” ― Cassandra Clare, City of Bones
Welcome to the Shadow World.
I have over 200 books on my shelves and most of them remain unread. So, when I finish a book and reach for a new one, do I grab one of the many that I haven’t read? No, of course not! That would be ridiculous! Recently, I have purchased two new books: “Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy” and “Lady Midnight” both by Cassandra Clare. Now, it has been a few years since I read “The Mortal Instruments” and while I was reading “Tales…” I couldn’t remember half of things I should have and a lot of it was simple stuff like Simon shooting out a skylight or conversations between Jace and Alec. It annoyed me so much that I decided that before I dove into “Lady Midnight”, I would re-read the original six books. I was also thinking of re-reading “The Infernal Devices” as well, but I’ll probably just skim those as they weren’t my favourite of the Shadowhunter Chronicles.
Anyways…let us start with book one: “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”. I actually just finished reading this a few hours ago and after I watched the movie and realized I wasn’t getting to sleep any time soon, I thought I would write up my review now. Book one is always the toughest to get through during a re-read in my opinion, however it is nice to be re-introduced to the characters. Magnus Bane’s introduction is my favourite because I think Magnus is one of the characters that changes the most throughout the series. Moving on to Clary Fray.
What I like most about this book is Clary’s reaction to seeing the Shadowhunters for the first time. I really think Cassandra Clare hit the note on that one. She didn’t just follow them blindly after witnessing them murdering “someone” in a storage room. She was wary and frightened and it was just so authentic. I think that is why these books are so popular. I hate to say it, but Clary is so relatable. Now I’m not half Angel (as far as I know) nor can I draw, but when it comes to her emotions and her curious mind, I am so with her.
If you have no idea what this book is about, allow me to explain. Clary Fray is a fifteen-year-old New Yorker who believes her life to be completely ordinary, that is until she sees three people with strange tattoos and swords at a nightclub on her birthday. From there, along with the disappearance of her mother, Clary goes on this epic adventure of vampires, werewolves, demons, and family revelations. Discovering the Shadow World and those within it reveals that she herself is a Shadowhunter and that her mother had kept this incredible world a secret from her since she was a child.
With the help of her best friend Simon, her new friends Jace, Alec, and Isabelle, and her mother’s best friend, Luke, she will work to find her mother and hopefully find the missing Mortal Instrument, The Mortal Cup. Intrigued yet? I hope so.
I also hope that you have read these because I basically just spoiled the plot. Whoops. You know, I am still not sure how people write spoiler-free reviews. What do you talk about? I don’t get it. What I do get is my love for Jace Wayland. Jace is quite the character. He is multidimensional and along with Magnus and Alec, has some of the best one-liners in the series. His constant sarcasm offers comic relief in almost every tense situation and even in the really awkward ones. Oh, would you look at that, I mentioned Alec and Magnus…you know what that means.
There really isn’t that much in book one, but you have to respect that it is hinted at. Alec Sasswood is a character that I didn’t really expect to like to be honest. Oh, what? I spelled his last name wrong? No, I didn’t…read the book, you’ll get it. Anyways, back to what I was saying, Alec sort of snuck up on me. I’m not sure what it is…part of it I believe is because of Magnus, but there is something else. Maybe it’s because he is just a humble guy who can also kick some serious ass. By the Angel!
When it comes to the other characters like Simon, Izzy, and Luke, I quite like them. They each bring something to the book that really glues it all together. A lot would have failed without them and I will touch on them more in the later reviews.
Now, if you are reading this and you haven’t read the books, you may want to stop here. I have only spoiled small things, but I am about to talk about the biggest thing of the next two books…so read at your own risk!
OKAY. Can we talk about this whole brother-sister thing? I know it turns out alright in the end, but WHY CASSIE WHY? Why was it even a thing to begin with? I remember when I first read “City of Bones” and I really wanted to give up because I shipped Clace so much and it hurt reading those lines, yet somewhere in the back of my mind, I knew it wasn’t true…so I am glad I read on. I just hate that I have to wait till the end of book 3 for the revelation.
You know, I rave on and on about “Harry Potter” and how it’s my favourite series, but I’ve been lying to myself….YES I KNOW! HOW DARE I?! I’m sorry, but Shadowhunters definitely rules over Potter. If I could choose a literary world to live in, I would choose this one. The mythology is the best thing ever. I love the idea of the runes and the seraph blades and even though I am not a religious person, I really like how everything is surrounded by religion. I always found studying different religions really fascinating and this book really fuels that intrigue.
Overall I give this book a 5/5 stars. I realize I do that a lot, but in retrospect, I tend to only read books that are 5 or 4 stars. People recommend great books to me, what can I say? If you are a fan of “The Hunger Games” or really any YA Fantasy or Dystopian series, then you will love “The Mortal Instruments”. I am off to read book 2 “The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes”, see you on the other side!