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?
What a great start to a fantastic series. This was my second time reading City of Bones, and it was just as good the second time around. Cassandra Clare's fantasy world contains vampires, faeries, werewolves, mermaids, demons, warlocks, and Nephilim, who are the Shadowhunters who devote their lives to killing demons. Clary is just an ordinary human, or so she thinks.
I love the way Clare writes. It is very descriptive wihthout being too wordy or melodramatic. Her writing reminds me of Stephenie Meyer, and I mean that in a very good way. I like that Clary is a normal girl. I can't stand reading about a perfect, unrealistic character. I have found in the past that the first novel in a series is not as good as the subsequent novels (think Harry Potter or Kim Harrison's Dead Witch Walking of the Rachel Morgan series). That is not the case here. Fans of Harry Potter, Vampire Academy, and Twilight will love this series.
Just One Gripe:
It's a little teen angst-y at times.
The Best Thing About This Book:
The fantasy meshes very believably with the "real" world.
Appropriate for a younger audience:
Yes. Finally, a YA series that's age-appropriate!