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…
This book came out in 2007 I think but I hadn’t heard of it until a few weeks ago. I downloaded the audio from Audible and tuned in. Now, I usually have 3-6 audiobooks I’m listening to at any point in time and bop back and forth between them. However, City of Bones held my attention to where I did not listen to anything else in between.
It’s a gritty urban fantasy YA novel that starts out what is an incredible plethora of books in several different series. Clary Fray is just a regular girl living in New York City with her Mom Jocelyn. Her best friend, really her only friend, Simon goes with her wherever she wants. The story starts with them going to club Pandemonium which allows in teenagers. While there, she witnesses three teenagers kill another. Not only that, but the murdered teenager disappeared and nobody else can see what happened.
Now that her eyes are opened, she sees Shadow Hunters and demons, lycanthropes and vampires. Her world will never be the same.
I loved it! Simply loved it. Yes, there were bits and pieces where I wanted to take Clary and Jace (her love interest) and strangle them. Quite honestly, it’s a few of the secondary characters I’m more in tune with – Simon, Alec, and Magnus Bane. But the world feels real and amazing.
The story is a bit long. It felt at times that scenes were thrown in just to lengthen the story. But that does not take away from the story itself.
The narration was fabulous. I loved the way Mae Whitman used accents for the Shadow Hunters from Idress (my spelling on this might be off – I only listened to it, haven’t read it) and her voices were different enough I could tell most of the characters apart just by voice.
Be prepared to delve into The Mortal Instruments where good and evil aren’t as clear as you might think.
Story Rating: 5 stars
Audio Rating: 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5 stars