“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare

Editor’s note: The author of this article has requested to be anonymous. 

COB_coverWhat we can’t see is right in front of us. This is what Clary Fray has yet to understand and her friends who she thinks as murders and her enemies will help her with that.

Here in the City of Bones, with mundanes walk with the Children of the Night, Children of the Moon, Lilith’s Children, the Fair Folk and the Nephilim. Clary, an ordinary girl, is unaware of this at first and like any normal girl would, goes out to have fun with her best friend. But what does she witness? A murder. What is beyond her understanding is that the murder was committed by three teenagers roughly around her age who are marked with odd swirls or runes as they call them. These are the Nephilim also known as Shadowhunters, brave warriors who protect and keep the demons in line.

Her meeting with the Nephilim leads her to finding out the existence of vampires, demons, werewolves, faeries and even warlocks. Before she has the chance to turn away and forget about this, she gets whisked away into this strange but dangerous world. The City of Bones is a great spinoff to the series of the Mortal Instruments. It definitely won’t fail to impress you with its interesting characters and the different worlds we have yet to see.

This book is great at keeping your interest and until you finish the book, you will be constantly pondering over the thought of what’s in store for you next. What I liked about this book is its ability to keep you interested in the story. Unlike many stories, it’s very different and unique with new characters and a different approach to adventure and exploring the fantasy element. Cassandra Clare has brilliantly created the characters who are both complex but easy to relate to. She has also kept the classical element of vampires, werewolves, faeries and warlocks, but has brought them together with something new.

My favorite part from the book was when Clary discovered that she didn’t have to be dependent on others and was also in her own way, unique and brave. This part for me is like the hero’s journey where she ends up accepting the call for adventure and slowly begins to connect with herself and find out who she is. I liked that Cassandra used a new concept which is also very original!

I would recommend this book who to anyone who is in need of adventure and doesn’t mind the occasional romance between the characters.  After all that’s what made this book so great. Just like what Stephanie Meyer, author of Twilight had to say regarding this book. “The Mortal Instruments series is a story world that I love to live in. Beautiful.”

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