City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is the first book in the Mortal Instruments series. We meet Clary and Simon, who are your typical teenagers and best friends. Their entire lives have been very humdrum, perhaps even dull, until Clary spots a demon being killed by Alec, Isabelle, and Jace. Naturally, Clary is outraged at witnessing a murder, until she watches the body disappear; now things get interesting. Clary learns that her three new companions are Shadowhunters and are sworn to hunt down and kill demons. Her new friends, as well as Simon and herself, soon embark on an adventure to find Clary's mother who has been attacked and taken by a demon.
This is a fun action-packed young adult fantasy book. The characters are constantly overcoming one obstacle just to stumble onto another, making this an exciting read. The interactions between characters are entertaining, but I am hoping Clare develops them more as the series progresses. The characters were just starting to grow at the very end of the book. I also like that Clare keeps you on your toes towards the end of the book by adding a fun twist to the plot. It is sure to make the next books even better. If you are looking for a fun new series to start that has more than vampires in it, this would be a great choice.— Jody
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.
About the Author
Cassandra Clare is the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Lady Midnight, Lord of Shadows, and Queen of Air and Darkness, as well as the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy. She is the coauthor of The Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson; Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy with Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman; and Ghosts of the Shadow Market with Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Kelly Link, and Robin Wasserman. Her books have more than 50 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages and made into a feature film and a TV show. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at Shadowhunters.com.
"Funny, dark, and sexy. One of my favorite books."
— Holly Black
"City of Bones has everything: vampires, werewolves, faeries, true love, and stuff that blows up. What's more, Clare's characters are brilliant -- she better not kill any of them off in the next two volumes!"
— Justine Larbalestier, author of Magic or Madness
“Prepare to be hooked.” --Entertainment Weekly
“Wildly popular…think Twilight on steroids.” --EXTRA
“This version of New York, full of Buffyesque teens who are trying to save the world, is entertaining and will have fantasy readers anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.” --School Library Journal
"Lush and fun." --Kirkus Review