Author: Cassandra Clare
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry
Genres: Fantasy, YA Fiction, Urban Fantasy
In-Series/Stand Alone: Series of 6 novels
When 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 odd markings. This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons — and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line. It’s also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace. 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 an ordinary mundane like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the Sight?
If you look closely, you’ll notice that I gave this series a 6/5 stars — I don’t do that very often, but these books are an exception because they deserve every star. The Mortal Instruments is my second favorite book series, right next to Harry Potter, and if you know me at all, you know I’m a massive Harry Potter fan; so this is definitely saying something.
Here’s the thing: after Harry Potter, I didn’t think any other series would be able to compare. I read book after book to cope with my Post Potter Depression, but none seemed to match the excitement and magic of Harry’s world — until I came across Cassandra Clare. This series set my soul on fire. It made me fall in love again. It made me believe in fantastic writing and beautiful, complicated characters.
The Mortal Instruments is a young adult paranormal romance/urban fantasy, set in a colorful version of our reality where humans walk the earth unaware of not just the vampires, werewolves, fey and warlocks, but also demons and their part-human enemies — the Shadowhunters. The books are fast flowing with vivid characters, a lot of action, and interesting twists. Cassandra Clare not only weaves a fascinating tale filled with myths, legends, languages, poems, and action — she creates an entirely new culture complete with its own traditions.
I was hooked from the very first page of the very first book, City of Bones — the writing just kept getting better and better as the story went on, and I was completely engrossed in the characters and their lives. Clare’s writing is so beautiful and descriptive: when she describes the people and the places in the book, you feel as if you’re actually there; and you have an intimate relationship, a personal connection of your own with each of the characters. It’s really hard to put the books down once you finish the first one. The whole series is filled with mysteries, plot twists, unanswered questions — it’s a roller coaster until the very end.
I’ve told many of my friends to give this series a try — it may be slow here and there, but trust me, the plot thickens and you do not want to miss out on everything that goes down. Very few books have the ability to reach into my soul and bury themselves there. TMI did that in a matter of minutes. I cried to no end, I laughed until tears rolled down my face and I don’t think I’ve driven my siblings crazier than I did when I ranted endlessly about certain things that happened as the books progressed that I found shocking or overwhelming (they obviously didn’t understand a thing, but kudos to them for at least pretending to listen).
Few books these days teach us life lessons. They’re meant merely for entertainment and you don’t take anything away from them after you read them — The Mortal Instruments doesn’t classify itself as one of those books. It may be fantasy, but it teaches lessons that made me question certain things about how I was living my life, it made me question my morals, my understanding of the world. Behind all the magic, there was a deeper meaning, and I loved uncovering it. So do I recommenced this series or not? The answer is simple — HELL to the YES.
*Note: Cassandra Clare wrote a prequel to The Mortal Instruments, a trilogy called The Infernal Devices. You do not have to read TID to understand TMI — I personally read TID after TMI. You can read whatever you think you want to first. I’ll link my review here if you want to check it out: “The Infernal Devices” by Cassandra Clare
*Note II: The first book in The Mortal Instruments called City of Bones was adapted into a movie of the same name but it did not do so well in the box office, so the rest of the movie adaptations were cancelled. However, recently, ABC Family/Freeform announced that it was going to be adapted into a TV show called Shadowhunters, which is set to premiere on January 12th of 2016. Keep up with the updates for the show here: Shadowhunters TV
*DISCLAIMER* If you have not read this book yet, I’d really recommend not going through the comments section in case there’s a spoiler. You can always come back here later to discuss after you’ve read the book! (Or contact me if you want to talk about it beforehand)