Book Review- The mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones: Book 1

Here is the blurb from Ms. Clares web site-

“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. Clary knows she should call the police, but it’s hard to explain a murder when the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary.

Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, Clary’s mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque 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….”

I picked this one up because a friend of mine had bought the books and was not reading them.  They had been on the shelves at Target and Wal-Mart for a while near the Twilight display so I’d stayed away from them, but then decided- what the heck.  I’m glad that I did.  The world that Cassandra Clare has created is incredible.  The main characters had many moments where I found myself wondering- how old are you? Where are your parents? But that being said, the plot was well thought out and the writing was excellent.  She expertly drew me into her world of Shadowhunters in a way that I wasn’t expecting in teen fiction.

City of Ashes: Book 2

Here is the blurb from her web site-

“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?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.”

So the story continues and I was dying to find out what happens next, but … SPOILER ALERT!!! … I am not too sure how I feel about the incestuous undertones of the Clary/Jace relationship.  I agree that it was integral to moving the action forward, but even as a reader I felt awkward and found myself going ewwww if I thought about it too much.  I was 100% confident that he was not her brother, but the fun was trying to figure out how he wasn’t and that answer was not in this book so I found myself a little disappointed at the end of the book.

City of Glass: Book 3

One more time- from her web site-

“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 her best friend, 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 Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters 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 newfound powers to help save the Glass City — whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling The Mortal Instruments.”

So this was a fantastic ending to the three book story arc and I got all of the answers that I’d wanted, but I did wait a while before picking up the third book.  The evolution of Simon was part of what I enjoyed in this book.  He went from just wanting to protect Clary to realizing that he was forever changed and this was his fight and his world- Loved it!  I finally got to know how Jace wasn’t Clary’s brother and everything seemed to be wrapped into a nice neat little bow.  I would like to have seen Clary’s powers go beyond just what she can do with the runes, though.  You would think that …SPOILER ALERT!!!… if you have the blood of an angel running through your veins you could do a bit more than just that.  I get that it’s a big thing in this universe, but… I also would have liked to see more of Jocelyn and Luke- They have more to tell than just this and we may well see that in the next installment.  I will definitely be picking that one up when it is release in a few months.

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