Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on April 14, 2009
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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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...
I first read City of Bones a few years back and continued on to the second and I think the third book I think. But for some reason, I never finished the series. So I figured it was time to start the series again.
City of Bones is a larger book to get through. But there is some much explained throughout it that it makes it oh so worth the length. It all begins with Clary meeting a group of shadowhunters at a night club by chance, or was it only by chance?
From there the spiral into the shadowhunter world begins. City of Bones refers to the Slient Brothers, a form of monks who oversee the bones and learnings for the Clave and Nephilim (Shadowhunters). In this book, they were called to try and help Clary unlock memories that a warlock looked away.
My favorite part or thing from City of Bones is the Institute. From Clare’s description, the place is huge and intrigues me. There could be so much that we as the reader could learn from it. The Institue is a home base for the shadowhunters and also functions as a sort of hotel for traveling Nephilim.
One major element of the book is Clary’s interest in Jace. The relationship has it all romance, adventure, confusion. An even bigger wrench is thrown into the relationship towards the end of the book. But, I won’t be mentioning that here.
From the moment City of Bones began, Clary had her world turned upside-down. She learned who her mother and father really were and why she also felt different. Clary also learned why Luke was so close to her mother.
Overall City of Bones was a great read. There were loads of details and worldbuilding that book place. Some parts of the book were fast-paced while others were slower. In general, the book was well worth the reread and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.