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  • Hardcover: 629 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Pr; Lrg edition (September 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410409589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410409584
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.5 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

This Buffy-esque YA novel does not translate well to the audio medium, and part of the problem lies in the story's pacing. Teenager Clary discovers she can see supernatural beings that no one else can, gets drawn into the world of the Shadowhunters (teens who kill demons and monsters) and learns that her mother is somehow mysteriously connected to all the strange happenings around her. As a result, a good chunk of the novel consists of long explanatory passages, as various characters fill Clary in on supernatural creatures, the history and rules of the Shadowhunters and her mother's entanglements—all of which come across as tedious lectures. In addition, narrator Graynor makes almost no attempt to differentiate the various teen characters' voices. Only the minor character Dorothea, played as a faux witch with a gravelly New York accent, is memorable. Graynor also frequently ignores the author's explicit textual directives, such as [Simon] came back, sounding worried or The tone of arrogant superiority was back in [Jace's] voice, for her performance, making this a program with an intriguing premise and cast but disappointing execution. Ages 14-up. (May)
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Grade 8 Up–When Clary Fray witnesses three tattoo-covered teenagers murder another teen, she is unable to prove the crime because the victim disappears right in front of her eyes, and no one else can see the killers. She learns that the teens are Shadowhunters (humans who hunt and kill demons), and Clary, a mundie (i.e., mundane human), should not be able to see them either. Shortly after this discovery, her mother, Jocelyn, an erstwhile Shadowhunter, is kidnapped. Jocelyn is the only person who knows the whereabouts of The Mortal Cup, a dangerous magical item that turns humans into Shadowhunters. Clary must find the cup and keep it from a renegade sector of Shadowhunters bent on eliminating all nonhumans, including benevolent werewolves and friendly vampires. Amid motorcycles powered by demon energies, a telepathic brotherhood of archivists, and other moments of great urban fantasy, the story gets sidetracked by cutesy touches, like the toasted bat sandwich on the menu of an otherworldly restaurant. The characters are sporadically characterized and tend toward behavior that is both predictable and slightly repellent–Clary finds out who her real father is about 200 pages after readers will have it figured out. Despite the narrative flaws, 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.–Heather M. Campbell, Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on March 16 2009
Format: Paperback
I was a little skeptical of reading this book because of some of the bad reviews I was seeing. I am so glad that I will not just follow suit and ignore a book on what some else might say. This book was so good, the twists and turns had me saying to myself "I can't believe that just happened"! I could hardly put this book down along with the next City of Ashes book and now I can't wait for City of Glass to come out!

If you are on the fence about reading this book, I would give it a try. I think it is definitely worth the read! I am a huge fan of supernatural books and this one is one of the better novels I have read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Effie on Jan. 30 2011
Format: Paperback
This is the first book in the Mortal Instruments Trilogy and I don't have enough words for it. It's a story about a world that is hidden from the humans where these Shadowhunters fight the demons that have entered the earth.

Clary is our main character and she discovers that she is one of them when her mother went missing and a demon attacked her. As she was drawn into this world so did I when I started reading the first pages. The author, Cassandra Clare has a certain way with the words that makes you want to live into this magic world.

I found all the characters enjoyable and for the first time I think I found a book that combines funny scenes, dark elements, fast paced action and deadly gorgeous men all thrown into the mix to make the most delicious book. Add to that a very complicate love triangle and you have a hit!

There is a lot of drama in this book but the events and the characters justify each action taken in this book.
The writing style is my favourite. It's written on third person narrative which made the story stand up. This way we could get a glimpse of every character in this book.

Overall this book was amazing! City of Bones will keep you reading with the hot action and twists till the very late hours.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 2 2010
Format: Paperback
Having already read the first book in the new prequel trilogy to this series, The Infernal Devices, I starting reading this book with some preconceived notions. Cassandra Clare blew them completely out of the water. The world was familiar, the weapons, the battles and the environment. Humans, werewolves, vampires, warlocks, Shadow Hunters, down worlders and mundane all mixed up in events together. But being set in our time was an amazing new twist on something I was familiar with. And yet something so new and unique I found myself picking up the book again and again when I should have been doing other things, and saying to myself just one more page, or till the end of this section or chapter but could literally not make myself put the book down.

The characters are amazing and the world creation so complete, so seamless, and so believable, that, as a reader, you feel as if it might not be fiction but a clearer view of reality than most of us have in our day-to-day life. The books in this series are so well-written that you will read the books back to back and maybe even read them again and again. This book was the first one published by Cassandra Clare and the skill shown, and mastery of the writing craft, is amazing for a first novel.

It is set in a world with a battle between light and darkness, and a group of humans who try to keep that which is evil from destroying our world. These shadow hunters are humans who have been blessed with the blood of an angel. They have claves around the world and work to keep the peace between other species and with each other, and to protect humans. The major players seem to be warlocks, vampires, werewolves, fairies and the shadow hunters, also known as Nephilim.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pauline on Oct. 16 2009
Format: Paperback
I found this book hard to get through, it was long and it reminded me so much of the Harry Potter series and of Star Wars that it was boring because none of it was new and exciting. I just kept thinking, huh this is just like Harry Potter or huh this reminds me of Star Wars.

There is nothing new and exciting in this book, it just seems like borrowed fantasy with borrowed characters whose names have been changed.

"City of Bones" by Cassandra Clarke is the first book in a trilogy. Clary witnesses a murder that no one else can see and as a result of this sighting she is plunged into a fantasy world of betrayal and she finds out who she truly is. Her mother has been in hiding all these years and she as kept Clary from knowing the truth about her life and about her father's life.

Clary's mother disappears and with the help of Shadowhunters, a secret tribe of demon hunters, Clary sets out on a journey to rescue her mother, but the result is a world full of secrets that changes Clary's life forever.

The book definitely has an appealing cover that will attract teens, but my advice would be for them to bypass this book, there are better books for teens to read out there than this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Dey on June 22 2009
Format: Paperback
This book was just AWESOME! I loved all the action, I can remember one scene where a character was using a sword as a saw and just sawing the creature and Clare describing black liquid just OOZING out. I think that was my favorite part.

While CITY OF BONES' beginning wasn't the greatest part of the book, the rest of it was. I found the idea of an urban fantasy set it none other than New York was quite interesting and I found the institute (I forget the name) suprisingly calming.

I have never really been interested in werewolves didn't interest me too much and the Brothers that Jeremiah was one of just scared me.

There are alot of twists in this book, and while they may seem to stem completely off of other sci-fi and fantasy books/movies/TV shows to the extent that this book seems like an absolute rip-off, I still don't care at all about that because I honestly don't want to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for an example.

And this book was funny. Jace was so unbelievably self-centered and up front about it that I found it humourous. Parts of this book made me smile too.

What was also cool was the unconventional cafe they went to and Clare describing the vampires in a Brooklyn club, the mermaids in the Hudson or something like that.

The only thing ruins this book is that Stephenie Meyer's blurb is on every cover now. BLECH!

I just loved this book and I can't wait to read the final two installments. It is sad that there are only two others but atleast there's going to be the Internal Devices trilogy where Clare with continue to write about this world.

Reviewed by Callie at Handle Like Hendrix
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