City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #1
Release Date: March 27, 2007
Dates Read: February 2011
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.
City of Bones was a really good read. I’d highly recommend it to anyone that is a fan (avid or casual) of urban fantasy. All of your favorite creatures–demons, vampires, werewolves, angels, warlocks, fairies, demon hunters and more–can be found in this novel. Clare has set up an interesting world full of the supernatural, and some lovable characters to go with it. Be warned however, that there is a major twist at the end of the novel that will turn your perception of several characters upside down! Personally, I was rather frustrated by the twist, but I am interested to see where Clare takes the story from here. City of Bones was an excellent beginning to an adventure saga, and I really look forward to reading the next two books in the sequence.