“Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?’ Jace said, “Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself.” …”At least,” she said, “you don’t have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland.” “Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.”
– Cassandra Clare ‘City of Bones’
The first of six novels in the critically acclaimed ‘The Mortal Instruments’ series. If I had to choose a book of the year last year then this would definitely be it. I own three different editions of this book, which shows you just how much I fell in love with it. As you can see from above, it’s the sarcasm that gets me. It is a running theme throughout the book.
Looking into the plot of what has become a globally recognised franchise, surprisingly it is pretty simple. Boy meets Girl, Boy and Girl fall in irrevocable love, Boy and Girl can’t be together because of some sort of drama. This is the quintessential Romeo and Juliet storyline, but of course, like any kind of fantasy novel, there’s the aspect of the supernatural and that is where the plot twist comes in.
Jace Wayland is a Shadowhunter, a teenage boy who’s been trained to protect the human world from the demon race. Clary Fray thinks she is human. That is until the night that she goes to the PanDEMONium club with her best friend Simon Lewis and the star-crossed lovers are thrown together in what I can only describe as abnormal circumstances.
The character development within the first book of this series is pretty intense. The main character Clary’s development can be seen first hand but the reader also gets drawn into the dark side of Jace. They really feel for what the character has been through during his development and it ties the reader to the character in a way that makes the reader want to read the series throughout even though they aren’t particularly interested in the storyline.
In 2014, City of Bones was adapted into a movie and as always with any book/film adaptation, it came away with its mixed reviews. However, the book has so much potential as an onscreen adaptation that Netflix bought the rights and are currently about to release the first episode of the second series of SHADOWHUNTERS.
The Mortal Instruments has rightly become a worldwide phenomenon since it’s release almost a decade ago. It explores depths of demon worlds and family bonds that many authors have never dared tread. It is an eye-opening, emotionally draining look at that world from an entirely different point of view. You will laugh, you will cry, and of course, you will fall in love…
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