Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Published March 27th, 2007 by Margaret K. McElderry Books.
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…
Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end. (Goodreads)
There was a time when I was going to unhaul City of Bones without reading it. For some reason I decided to keep it and I am happy I did. I loved City of Bones and see why it is such a beloved series. Cassandra Clare did an amazing job of crafting a world that is both interesting and well explained without information dumping. The characters are equally unique and interesting. I feel bad for this series for two reasons: the movie, but more so, the TV show. The movie bombed and so far the TV show is not faring much better. I can only hope that people do not base this book or series on those, because they would be missing out.
What really stood out was the amazing world within the world we know. The hidden world. Also, the dialogue was charming, snarky, and meaningful. Nothing like the TV show. There’s no cheese here. There are so many layers to this story, there are so many directions the series can go. I will definitely be continuing. The relationships between the characters, the demon world, becoming and being a shadowhunter. It’s almost too much to take in. I am not sure other authors could have crafted this world as masterfully as Clare did. Other writers have tried and failed (again just watch the movie or TV show for proof). It’s not perfect, but for everything it did well it did it so well that this book gets 5 stars from me.
This story creates an atmosphere with clear visuals. Nothing is rushed. While City of Bone focuses on Clary and Jace for the most part, the other characters shine through as well. Each character has their own story and don’t feel like added fluff at all. Everything is purposeful and it shows. I think I’ll be treating myself to the boxed set soon.