Contains spoilers for City of Bones and probably the rest of the series…maybe…
It’s happened guys. It’s happened. I’ve finally read City of Bones. I brought it on my holidays and whilst in the beautiful, if slightly too high for my liking, countryside of Wales I read it. And I loved it. I know now that I can rely on Cassandra Clare for lovable and amazing characters and for complex and detailed worlds. I loved how relatable this book felt – even with the vampires and werewolves – and I connected much more to this book than I did to the Infernal Devices, mainly because it is set in the present day. I might never have set foot in the USA, so some of locations and jokes didn’t quite reach my shores, but I loved all of the twists and turns and plot-twists and betrayals that this book brought. The writing was mostly fast-paced and again, the snippets of snark make reading this book worthwhile. They were a couple of little issues, but if you haven’t read this yet, I would strongly suggest you do. This is the first book Cassandra Clare ever wrote – and it’s a pretty epic first try – so just think what her more recent books will offer.
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. 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?
I can’t step one more word into this review without talking about the amazing cast of characters that are in this book. I think I like Clary a little more than I like Tessa, which is a very unpopular opinion. I just think she has more personality to her and more spark. I love Jace and I love his humour and his strength and I think that his heritage is very interesting (because I know that Clary and Jace get together…but they’re siblings?). I also adore Isabelle, and I think that my love for her is only going to grow. She is really confident and determined but is also sensitive and warm-hearted. I really like Alec – although not many people seem to. I think he is one of those strong but silent types and I love how protective he is over Isabelle. Of course I love Magnus, and I think he is such a complex character and I can’t wait to find out more of his past. But perhaps my favourite character in the whole book is Luke. I can’t fully put into words why I love him so much, but there is something just so heart-warming about a father-figure who is secretly a werewolf who is risking his life in trying to save the woman (who I’m pretty sure he loves) and her daughter. Just..gah. And he has some fabulous one-liners.
The complex world of the Shadowhunters is just incredible. The detailing that Cassandra Clare has gone into just makes the world feel all that more realistic, and I love the different cultures and societies and stereotypes from the vampires and the werewolves and the warlocks and I love reading about the relationships between each of them. I also really liked how the modern world was combined with the fantasy one because they offered such a stark contrast – one minute Clary was drawing a coffee cup and then she was holding a mystical and fabled Shadowhunter object. I also really loved how we got to see a lot of the vampires and the werewolves and they weren’t just briefly mentioned or skimmed-over. The dialogue in this book is fantastic and the humour is on point. There are so many hilarious quotes from this book that I know I’m going to remember forever. The romance in this book is already intriguing because of the dynamics between the characters. At this point, you have no idea who is going to end up with who – everyone could die for all we know – and I this book definitely kept me on my toes. The number of plot twists and betrayals and OMG moments in this book is unreal; I was literally in my bed, reading, with my mouth gaping open. There were a couple of scenes that seemed to drag on a little, but these were very few and far between.
Basically, I loved this book. It was awesome and complex and intriguing and fully deserves 5 stars, in my opinions. I’m super happy that I’ve started this series now and I can’t wait to delve into the next book – I do own the whole series – and find out more about this amazing series.