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Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Point of View: Clary, Emma, Jace, Alec, Magnus, Simon, Isabel, Maya, Jia Penhallow (done from memory)
Released: May 27th 2014
Predictability: 3 out of 5 (Where 1 is totally unpredictable and 5 is I knew what was going to happen way ahead of time.)
Source: Owned 1-3, and 6 on Kindle
Click here for my review of The Bane Chronicles.
City of Bones Summary:
Clary is a normal girl who enjoys drawing and hanging out with her best friend, Simon. She’s at a club when she sees three other teenagers with strange tattoos murder a guy, but no one else can even see them. When her mother is kidnapped, (or dead, but she really hopes only kidnapped) she’s thrust into a world of Demons, Fairies, Vampires, Werewolves, and Warlocks.
Turns out those teenagers are Shadow Hunters and the man was a demon. Shadow Hunters keep the peace using a device called a stele to draw runes on themselves, which gives them special powers like grace and speed or invisibility to Mundanes. (Normal people, like muggles)
There are six books in the Mortal Instruments series (and a prequel trilogy, the Infernal Devices) and the last book has just been released. The series spans only six months, but it felt like longer to me. I liked the first `trilogy’ better than the second, though I liked Simon more in the second.
I enjoyed the Mortal Instruments series for the most part. There’s a bit too much romance and long descriptions for me, but that’s just my taste. The best part is the world the author has created and all of the unique characters. My favorite is the glittery bisexual warlock, Magnus Bane. (Yes, seriously. He’s the best!)
City of Heavenly Fire Review:
If you haven’t read the series up to City of Heavenly Fire don’t keep reading, there be spoilers below.
Sebastian’s attacking Institutes and using the cup to make more soldiers for his war.
Heavenly Fire was an exciting finale, which certainly didn’t seem as long as it was. I was so afraid to read it, (I didn’t want anyone to die!) but I’m pleased by the ending. It was a good and fitting conclusion to the series.
Emma Carstairs (who will star in the next series, the Dark Artifacts) gets her own point of view. She grew up a Shadow Hunter and is already quite skilled with weapons. Her best friend is Julian Blackthorn, a boy with six siblings. (Two of which are half fairy) I liked all the Blackthorns, they already have unique personalities. (Ty reminds me of Sherlock.)
I’m sad we didn’t get Sebastian’s point of view, because it would’ve been interesting to see into his mind a bit more. He’s a better villain than his father, more black and white, even though I think it was supposed to be the other way around.
Spoilers for Infernal Devices in this paragraph!
This book takes place mostly before the end of Infernal Devices, so Zachariah is still a Silent Brother. He doesn’t get his own point of view. His parts are mostly told by Jia Penhallow. (How disappointing!) I really wanted more Jem and Tessa in this book! (I guess I’ll have to hope for more of them in Dark Artifacts.)
City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass – 9/10 Stars
City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, City of Heavenly Fire – 8/10 Stars