Since the fans of the “Shadowhunters” series are counting down the days for the premiere of the second part of the second season, I thought it would be nice to remember the story of Clary and Jace and their adventures to save the Mortal Cup from Valentine.
“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” is the first novel of these series, written by Cassandra Clare. As for the main plot of this book, it can be presented like this…
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. What’s even more bizarre is that the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when she is the only one who can see the murderers and there is nothing – not even a smear of blood – to show that a boy has died. Or wasn’t he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, protectors, 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…
I know that this novel was written when angels and demons were a thing, but this is the original story folks. There are interesting characters in it, interesting storyline and many plot twists. “City of Bones” is indeed a compelling story, something that definitely helps the “Mortal Instruments” series.
It is also entertaining the fact that, although it’s set in a modern day New York, there’s also a whole new world in the Big Apple. I mean, who could possibly imagine an Institute for demon slayers, with classical architecture and yet the latest gadgets, as well?
What’s more, Cassandra Clare does not stick to the status quo, which shows the girl save the world lately. She introduces a whole team and each member of that team has something else to show and give.
Of course, there are some classic elements, such as love triangles (or in that case squares), jealousy and the power of friendship, vamps, wolves, fairies and so forth. However, all those things are introduced in a whole new way and that’s what makes “City of Bones” differ from any other urban fantasy, young adult novel.
What I really need to point out is that you’ll either love or hate that novel. There is no middle path. If you love novels such as the “Fallen” series, the “Beautiful Creatures” series and so on, I do believe that you’ll love the “Mortal Instruments” as well.
On the other hand, if you tend to overanalyse everything, you love historic novels, non-fiction novels and you’re more into the old-school books, I would advise you not to read it. You should pick “Paradise Lost” instead.
You can always watch the “Shadowhunters” series. Just so you know, it won’t be the same. However, in order to get a taste… Here’s what’s going to happen on the 5th of June! Simply follow this link or that link and you’ll get plenty of information!
You all know of course that it’s completely different reading a book and watching a sitcom, but this is a good one. Even if there are elements and plot twists from the rest of the novels as well, this is indeed a fine work.
If you have read the “City of Bones”, I’d really like to know your opinion. As well as if you’re watching the show and you’re counting down the days till the premiere comes! So, comment below and subscribe for more posts on this blog.
Till next time… Toodles!