CATSS Critics: City of Bones

City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare (reviewed by Maya T.)

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is the first novel in a six book series, the Mortal Instruments. The novel starts at a club with two of the protagonists, Clary Fray and Simon Lewis. Clary hardly expected to meet invisible people who hold mythical weapons there who call themselves Shadowhunters. She is intrigued by them, Jace, Alec and Isabelle Lightwood, as they battle demons. Soon Clary is drawn into their world, full of angels, supernatural beings and demons. Her mother is kidnapped, prompting questions; why would a normal human be of interest to demons? Clary uncovers the past and learns the secrets her mother coveted. Clary learns that her mother is not who she thought she was and neither is she. While Clary grapples with this new truth, there is a new threat to the Shadowhunters coming out of the darkness. Clary and her new friends race to find answers before their enemies do first.

Overall, the novel was thrilling and was packed with suspense. The pace was uneven and some parts were dull. The majority of the novel is about Clary adjusting to her new life along with the potential rising of a supposed to be dead man. Still, Clare packed it with enjoyable relationships and action that keeps readers at the edge of their seats. The novel is full of fantasy, romance, friendships and heroes. Hence, 4 out of 5 stars, but it is a great read. This novel is perfect for someone who likes fantasy and action.