“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…”
Clary: I feel like I have a love/hate relationship with her. Overall I enjoy her character and I like the fact that she is slowly getting to know the world of the Shadowhunters, she also makes decision herself. But there are some tropes involved in her character: girl hate (mostly when her best friend, for whom she doesn’t have any feelings to, gets attention from another girl), releasing the breath she didn’t know she was holding and love triangle.
Jace: I don’t really like Jace. Mostly, his remarks are just talking down on people. I feel that he feels himself better than others that is how I read him. When farther into the book, my dislike for him becomes a bit less, but I still prefer Simon over him.
Simon: I like his character, he is the type of guy who would be my friend. A bit nerdy, funny humor and quirky. I prefer him over Jace.
The writing was okay, it wasn’t outstanding in some way, but it did pull me into the story. I really love the world building of the world. Throughout the book you will sometimes change from the point of view of the characters, but most of all you are following Clary’s point of view in third person. I didn’t see the ending coming at all. I do have to say that Cassandra Clare knows how to write a plot twist and with that also creating an opening for the next installment and with that already creating a problem the reader will be asking himself/herself going into City of Ashes.
This was my first time reading the first installment of the Mortal Instruments series. I enjoyed it, but it isn’t outstanding and it doesn’t distinguish itself from other YA novels. The world is well developed and is very interesting, you get to know just enough to understand the world but still there is stuff which can touched upon in future books. I am pretty indifferent about the main characters Jace and Clary, but I am curious to see how they will develop in the next book. So yes, I will be continuing with this series.