The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare

This is the first book in a YA series. The author has created an interesting world: I really like the idea of a hidden country; and she has created interesting characters: I’ve had a thing for teenage demon hunters ever since Buffy. I want to find out what happens to the characters and to their world in the next books – but I don’t want to have to actually read them to find out, ’cause they’re not great.

This book reads like well-polished fan fiction. There is plenty of action, lots of quips, and intense drama, but there is nothing literary about it. The characters are inconsistent and not well fleshed-out, the plot twists aren’t so much “twists” as completely random elements thrown in, and the world itself is confusing (is it good or is it bad to kill demons? or half-demons? or whatever it is that vampires, werewolves, and faeries are?). I realize I am not the intended audience for this book, but I don’t believe the intended audience will enjoy re-reading these books in ten years.

Now I’m going to go look up what happens in the rest of the series …



When 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 odd markings. This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons – and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line. It’s also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace. 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 an ordinary mundane like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know …