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When sixteen-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.

Review:

"Clare's debut novel, first in the Mortal Instruments series, is a sprawling urban fantasy packed with just about every type of creature known to the genre, and still spacious enough to hold more. Fifteen-year-old Clary Fray witnesses a killing in an 'all-ages club'; when she confronts the attackers, she learns that they are spectral Shadowhunters, charged with killing demonic creatures called Night Children. Clary returns home to find her apartment vandalized and her mother missing, apparently kidnapped by creatures in the service of someone named Valentine. An attack by a slithering beast sends Clary to the infirmary at the Institute, hidden home of the Shadowhunters. There she befriends the hunter Jace, who tells her of Valentine's intention to find the Mortal Cup, one of three Mortal Instruments the Angel gave to the first Shadowhunters (the others are a mirror and sword). Great secrets abound both in Clary's past and in her own head — secrets that are gradually revealed to her about her mother, her mother's eccentric friend Luke, her relationship with Jace and, eventually, about Valentine himself. Clare's atmospheric setting is spot-on, informed equally by neo-gothic horror films and the modern fantasy leanings of Neil Gaiman. Werewolves, vampires, angels and fairies all fit in this ambitious milieu. At the core, though, this is a compelling story about family secrets and coming-of-age identity crises. Fans of the smart/chic horror typified by Buffy the Vampire Slayer will instantly fall for this new series. Ages 14-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Funny, dark, and sexy. One of my favorite books." Holly Black, author of Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale

Review:

"City of Bones has everything: vampires, werewolves, faeries, true love, and stuff that blows up. What's more, Clare's characters are brilliant — she better not kill any of them off in the next two volumes!" Justine Larbalestier, author of Magic or Madness

Review:

"This version of New York, full of Buffyesque teens who are trying to save the world, is entertaining and will have fantasy readers anxiously awaiting the next book in the series." School Library Journal

Review:

"Lush and fun." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

In New York, 16-year-old Clary Fray doesn't expect to witness a murder — much less one committed by three teenagers covered with odd markings and brandishing bizarre weapons. Exotic and gritty, this book begins a new fantasy series about demons and a secret tribe of warriors called the Shadowhunters.

About the Author

Cassandra Clare is the author of The New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy. Her books have sold more than 12 million copies worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her online at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at Shadowhunters.com.

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lmashinski, August 3, 2013 (view all comments by lmashinski)
Well this is one of my favorite books, I read it over and over again, the writing is smooth and it makes you want to be a part of the characters lives and make them feel better, and other times your laughing like crazy. They live in our world, but they can see things that we can't. They can change forms, like werewolves, vampire, warlocks and fairies. And they are protecting us without us knowing that they're there. But in ways it is better than twilight, because they have different supernatural creatures other than vampires and werewolves. But all in all I would say it was a breathtaking book, filled with excitement, mischief, deceit, humor, betrayal, action and romance.
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sunnid75, January 22, 2013 (view all comments by sunnid75)
Action, adventure, humor, teen angst, being in love, battles, all to keep you on your toes. A beautifully imagined world that could be real. I recommend this book for teens and adults. Will definitely appeal to those that read "Twilight". Jace is very mysterious and just out of reach, Simon is always there and very protective, and Clary is stuck between the two. Clare has come up with this wonderful world and the things that are happening in it, and has done a wonderful job. A must read and looking forward to the movie that is following.
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chelee33, March 11, 2008 (view all comments by chelee33)
While waiting for the next books in the Twilight series and the Uglies series I needed a new book/series to keep me busy. This has definitely met that need (well, only for about three days).

It was exciting from the start of the book and continued to be exciting through the end. I recommend this. I believe the second book comes out next month and I can't wait!

Other quick reads I recommend: the Blue Bloods and Marked series.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416914280
Author:
Clare, Cassandra
Publisher:
Dial
Author:
Claire, Cassandra
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
Supernatural
Subject:
Horror stories
Subject:
Social Issues - New Experience
Subject:
Lifestyles - City & Town Life
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Demonology
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Mortal Instruments, The
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20131114
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
14-17

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Product details 368 pages Dial - English 9781416914280 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Clare's debut novel, first in the Mortal Instruments series, is a sprawling urban fantasy packed with just about every type of creature known to the genre, and still spacious enough to hold more. Fifteen-year-old Clary Fray witnesses a killing in an 'all-ages club'; when she confronts the attackers, she learns that they are spectral Shadowhunters, charged with killing demonic creatures called Night Children. Clary returns home to find her apartment vandalized and her mother missing, apparently kidnapped by creatures in the service of someone named Valentine. An attack by a slithering beast sends Clary to the infirmary at the Institute, hidden home of the Shadowhunters. There she befriends the hunter Jace, who tells her of Valentine's intention to find the Mortal Cup, one of three Mortal Instruments the Angel gave to the first Shadowhunters (the others are a mirror and sword). Great secrets abound both in Clary's past and in her own head — secrets that are gradually revealed to her about her mother, her mother's eccentric friend Luke, her relationship with Jace and, eventually, about Valentine himself. Clare's atmospheric setting is spot-on, informed equally by neo-gothic horror films and the modern fantasy leanings of Neil Gaiman. Werewolves, vampires, angels and fairies all fit in this ambitious milieu. At the core, though, this is a compelling story about family secrets and coming-of-age identity crises. Fans of the smart/chic horror typified by Buffy the Vampire Slayer will instantly fall for this new series. Ages 14-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Funny, dark, and sexy. One of my favorite books."
"Review" by , "City of Bones has everything: vampires, werewolves, faeries, true love, and stuff that blows up. What's more, Clare's characters are brilliant — she better not kill any of them off in the next two volumes!"
"Review" by , "This version of New York, full of Buffyesque teens who are trying to save the world, is entertaining and will have fantasy readers anxiously awaiting the next book in the series."
"Review" by , "Lush and fun."
"Synopsis" by , In New York, 16-year-old Clary Fray doesn't expect to witness a murder — much less one committed by three teenagers covered with odd markings and brandishing bizarre weapons. Exotic and gritty, this book begins a new fantasy series about demons and a secret tribe of warriors called the Shadowhunters.
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