Apologies for being away from my blog for probably about a week now! I finished reading City of Bones (2007) by Cassandra Clare before I actually set up my blog. However, since I am currently reading City of Ashes (2008) with plans to review it, and continue with the other books in the series, I couldn’t stand the thought of not having a complete set of reviews for The Mortal Instruments.
SPOILER WARNING – THERE WILL BE SPOILERS.
What is the book about?
City of Bones is about a fifteen year old girl named Clary Fray who discovers that she is not completely human. She is living what she believes to be an ordinary life along with her best friend Simon. Then she meets Jace Wayland, a Shadowhunter who protects the world from demons. When her mother is attacked and taken from their apartment home, Clary must quickly learnt to trust Jace so she can learn who she really is and how to get her mother back. She is dragged into a world she never knew existed, right within the streets of the city she thought she knew so well. A city inhabited by Shadowhunters, vampires, werewolves and warlocks…and threatened by demons.
I feel like, with this book, these two go hand in hand. The style very much emanates from the setting. The entire design of Clare’s story world is fascinating and is probably my favourite thing about the book.
There is a lot of darkness, but it is all describes so beautifully. It casts an extremely effective atmosphere of mystery and suspense over the whole story. It also creates a world where some of the most kick-ass characters can really take shape. We get a very vivid idea of how this is a city that is not exactly the way we thought it was.
Clare cleverly invented the idea of a glamour, which is a type of magic that conceals the Shadow World from mundanes. I thought this was such an interesting idea as it makes their world yet more mysterious and exciting.
I just love the way Clare has created such a magical but dark world and still described it with as much beauty as would be used to describe a fairy princess castle. It is a rich story world with so much to explore, built upon a world we already know.
The characters are all so awesome! They each have unique qualities about them but they definitely all belong in the world that Clare has created.
Clary is not a push over, she is not weak-hearted. She will not stand by and let her mother be taken without fighting back, she is not overwhelmed by the revelation that her world is different to what she ever expected. In finding out that she is a Shadowhunter and has been unknowingly living among vampires and werewolves her whole life, she actually becomes stronger and more determined.
I love the romantic relationship between Clary and Jace. It is another favourite part of the books for me. I really believed their feelings for each other. Jace is quite a serious character but I really liked that about him. He is passionate but calm and Clary is captivated by his mysterious nature. I liked that it took time for them to realise their feelings as well.
My absolute favourite scene of the whole book is the greenhouse scene where they have their first kiss. I feel like the reader knows how they feel really about each other before they do and this is a moment we wait for as we continue to read. It was an adorable scene, the story Jace tells Clary about his father reveals a lot more about his character and it moves the story along a lot.
My thoughts on this book have been conveniently summed up by these words written by Nic for The Guardian online, who said “It really is a rich story world to fall in love with, filled with complex characters. I particularly love side character Jace. He really has a past and an interesting personality that only got more intricate as the plot twisted.” Although I disagree with his complaints about the love triangle.
What!? No, this can’t happen. Please tell me there has been some mistake. I will not give up on the possibility of it being some mistake. Must read on.
Dark, beautiful, intense and exciting.
I am going to give with book 4/5.