• Tabitha Tomala

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Updated: May 9


Book One of The Mortal Instruments


Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books


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Shadowhunters are the unseen protectors. Fighting demons and keeping order among the creatures that humans do not see. People without the Sight, mundanes, cannot see into the world of the Shadowhunters. But somehow, Clary Fray witnesses three Shadowhunters kill a demon. When her mother goes missing, she must depend on the Shadowhunters to keep her safe and help find her mother.


I first read City of Bones in 2014. I almost immediately fell in love with Jace. His witty comebacks and determination made me swoon. After reading Infernal Devices this year and absolutely loathing Will, I thought oh no, I’m going to hate Jace if I read Mortal Instruments again. The two characters are so similar in their sarcastic and dark humor. Well, I decided to give it a re-read and chance it.


The dynamics between Jace and Clary still won me over. And Jace’s famous one-liners made me laugh. As a character, Jace is much more appealing to me than Will. I also enjoyed that Clary doesn’t back down to Jace and is just as willing to speak out. She isn’t the type of girl to immediately swoon and is fiercely independent. The two work to balance one another and carry the story forward.


Even knowing what ultimately plays out, I enjoyed every moment of this book. Being able to see how the characters behave at first and knowing how they are going to evolve as the series progresses only adds to the enjoyment. I was also able to pick up on the internal battles that some characters experience, and it added a new layer to the story.


The world created by Cassandra Clare is dark and exciting. Readers of all ages can enjoy the action and magic found in the City of Bones.


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Interested in my thoughts on the other books in The Mortal Instruments?


City of Ashes

City of Glass

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