Monday, September 20, 2010

Review: Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones: 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....

City of Ashes: Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go -- especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil -- and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings -- and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

City of Glass: To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters -- never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.
As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her new found powers to help save the Glass City -- whatever the cost?

Review: I haven't posted much in the last week. I had a good reason. I was in a book reading bubble- once I finished Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare I knew I had to go get the Mortal Instruments series ASAP. As soon as they came in at the library I was reading. I decided to review them all at once because I read them all at once, and to be honest they kind of run together for me a bit. 3 books in 4 days will do that!

I really loved these books. Having had my introduction into the Shadowhunter world in CA, this was a great continuation. Some of the same charecters and moments of connection made me feel like I was visiting an old friend. Clary is fabulous. I loved how quickly she stepped to the plate to save her Mom, wading chest deep into a world that was totally out of the box for her. Jace is, of course, perfect. Throughout the three books my heart broke for him as he tried to piece it all together and figure out where he fit in and what he really is. The other charecters were equally great. Simon is the best as the best friend, and I loved seeing him become a vampire and really coming into his own! I really loved seeing Magnus again as well- he was such a minor charecter in CA, and I really didn't him a second thought, so it was great to see so much more Magnus here, especially between him and Alec.

I thought the main thread of the relationship between Jace, Clary and Valentine was so well done. I thought the way that Valentine played everyone against eachother was masterful. Beyond the power he aquired, I thought was really made him the perfect villian was the way he toyed with the emotions of everyone, including his family. If it was just about gaining the Mortal Instruments through force, the book would have been good, but having Valentine be ruthless enough to tear his own children apart emotionally was what made the book magnificent.

I was sad to close the last page of the book, but I'm excited to see where the story goes from here, both in the Mortal Instruments series and in the Infernal Devices series!

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1 comment:

  1. awesome i was hesitant about getting the whole series.. hey if you could follow me on my blog i jus started it last week ish