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. Clary knows she should call the police, but it’s hard to explain a murder when the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary.
Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, Clary’s mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque 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….
I bought this book along with four sequels after reading the premise to the first one. I had a very hard time putting down this book. I read a lot when traveling to work. It didn’t take me long to read City of Bones and to prepare to start City of Ashes. I know that Mortal Instruments is only one piece of a larger universe that Cassandra is creating. She does a wonderful job of writing this huge world which has quite a history to it.
There are probably novels upon novels which Cassandra could write just from the back story which leads into Mortal Instruments. She has a real good grasp on her characters. Each character is alive with its own traits, whether good or bad. I love how she writes. Her prose draws you into the story. A story which you want to read over and over. This is a series I am sure that will lead to some inspiration for my own work.
All good authors have those that gather inspiration from them. She is one of the most prolific authors I have seen in many years. I imagine that she will be that and more for years to come. It would be amazing to see if the entire Shadowhunters Chronicles made their way to becoming movies. All depends on whether or not City of Ashes will be made into a movie or not.
Cassandra Clare was born to American parents in Teheran, Iran and spent much of her childhood traveling the world with her family, including one trek through the Himalayas as a toddler where she spent a month living in her father’s backpack. She lived in France, England and Switzerland before she was ten years old.
Since her family moved around so much she found familiarity in books and went everywhere with a book under her arm. She spent her high school years in Los Angeles where she used to write stories to amuse her classmates, including an epic novel called “The Beautiful Cassandra” based on a Jane Austen short story of the same name (and which later inspired her current pen name).
After college, Cassie lived in Los Angeles and New York where she worked at various entertainment magazines and even some rather suspect tabloids where she reported on Brad and Angelina’s world travels and Britney Spears’ wardrobe malfunctions. She started working on her YA novel, City of Bones, in 2004, inspired by the urban landscape of Manhattan, her favourite city. She turned to writing fantasy fiction full time in 2006 and hopes never to have to write about Paris Hilton again.
Cassie’s first professional writing sale was a short story called “The Girl’s Guide to Defeating the Dark Lord” in a Baen anthology of humor fantasy. Cassie hates working at home alone because she always gets distracted by reality TV shows and the antics of her two cats, so she usually sets out to write in local coffee shops and restaurants. She likes to work in the company of her friends, who see that she sticks to her deadlines.
City of Bones was her first novel.