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?
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.
Author: Cassandra Clare
Part of a Series: Yes. The Mortal Instruments #1.
Release Date: March 27, 2007
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
No. of Pages: 485 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Dystopian, Paranormal, Magic, Supernatural, Fiction, Urban Fantasy
The Cover: Featuring a split image of a skyline, which I’m assuming is New York’s, and a body of a blonde Shadowhunter, which I’m also assuming is our protagonist, Jace Wayland, and a yellow background, the cover of the first installment of The Mortal Instruments series certainly has a lot going on for just a cover, but it’s bright and eye-catching elements certainly caught my eye. Good! (4 out of 5 stars)
CONFESSION: I wasn’t supposed to read this book just yet. I wanted to get my hands on the re-prints of the series with new covers (photo provided below) which are scheduled to be released this Fall. Either that, or I also had my eye on the complete boxed set of the whole series, in this specific cover.
BUT… My curiosity finally gave with all the hype that this series has been getting due to the casting of the new show, Shadowhunters, which is set to be aired January of 2016. (I will do a separate post for that.) So, in efforts to feed my curiosity, I borrowed copies from my friend, Luigi, who was kind enough to lend me the first 3 books in the series. Thanks, man!
The Story: The story was about Clary Fray who had a Shadowhunter for a mom, who didn’t want to risk her finding out about her past, and taking her to live the rest of their lives in peace in New York. As Clary’s coming of age fast approaches, she is then revealed to the truths as to what she is truly capable of. Meeting fellow Shadowhunters on the way, Jace Wayland, The Lightwood Siblings, Clary then goes on a local adventure to find the Mortal Cup, one of the 3 Mortal Instruments, to save their future and her mother. That sums it up for me. Below are some great details about the story.
- I absolutely love the intense world building in this book. Cassandra Clare did a good job in turning New York City into a place where demons, shadowhunters, werewolves, vampires, warlocks, and other beings came to live. Who would’ve known that Central Park was filled with faeries? That nightclubs were sometimes visited by demons? Right? Well, that is something I loved about this book, and hopefully, the world building gets better as I dive deeper into the series.
- I loved how this book (or series, probably) was all about the action. In every single page, there was nothing but action, adventure, fight scenes, and it was intense and it had me on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what was about to happen next. It’s a big book, but I finished it in no time, given the story was just that good, and action-filled.
- The deep back stories of every single character was immensely appreciated and relevant. It made me know more about everyone, and it’s as if I’ve been reading the series for quite some time thanks to the background stories. I know that Alec is gay, that Jace is probably the sexiest and most angelic Shadowhunter there is. I discovered that Isabelle might seem tough, but she’s a sweetheart all the same. And Clary, she may seem dumbfounded, but she’s a badass in her own way. I love it!
- It’s been a while since I last read about gay characters. And it feels so good and enlightening that Alec Lightwood and Magnus Bane are both of the same gender, and is shipped by thousands of readers! Heck, Malec (Magnus + Alec) is also one of the many reasons as to why I gave in to my curiosity. Knowing that Matthew Daddario and Harry Shum Jr. will be playing their roles? OH MY GOD. I CANNOT CONTAIN MY FEELS!
I never knew that I would come to love this series as well. Being gay, I am more into contemporaries and light read dystopian novels but this just tickled the reader in me who loved action and adventure. It was a delight reading this book! (5 out of 5 stars)
The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* I’m so frightened as to what will happen to our favorite Shadowhunters considering the condition of the Mortal Cup on Valentine’s evil hands. God knows what he’ll do with that Mortal Instrument. (Hopefully, everyone stays safe.) And that revelation concerning our protagonists, Clary and Jace, being brother and sister is something I didn’t really expect. But I have to admit, a part of me isn’t really buying it. I don’t know. Maybe answers are in the next books in the series which I, hopefully, will read sometime soon. And I’m so glad Alec and Clary’s on good terms as the first book came to a close. Now, I can love Alec Lightwood with my whole being. ♥ (5 out of 5 stars)
The Verdict: I had no idea that I was going to be as attached as I am right now with this fandom. At first, reading this book started out as an effort to know more about the fandom, considering that I was falling in love with the casting of the TV Show. But now that I have come to read about it, I got attached instantly! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series! (4.67 out of 5 stars)
“The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he’d learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.” – Jace Wayland
“The meek may inherit the earth, but at the moment it belongs to the conceited. Like me.” – Jace Wayland
“Declarations of love amuse me. Especially when unrequited.” – Jace Wayland
“And next time you’re planning to injure yourself to get me attention, just remember that a little sweet talk works wonders.”
“Sorry, are you telling me that your demon-slaying buddies need to be driven to their next assignment with the forces of darkness by my mom?” – Simon Lewis
“…to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.”
“You know, most psychologists agree that hostility is really just sublimated sexual attraction.” – Clary Fray