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The Mortal Instruments: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1

(The Mortal Instruments: Graphic Novel #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  4,941 ratings  ·  506 reviews
The first installment of Cassandra Clare's bestselling urban fantasy series, The Mortal Instruments, is adapted into a graphic novel series!

Hanging out with her best friend, Simon, is just about the most exciting thing in Clary's life...that is, until she realizes there are people only she can see. But when her mother disappears and a monster attacks her, Clary has to embr
Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Yen Press
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
I somehow ended up loving this, when I honestly thought I'd hate it. I'm not a massive fan of City of Bones, I much prefer Cassandra Clare's later works, but I felt the story worked REALLY well as a graphic novel. It was fun to relive the story through this format! Excited for the next volume.
Cristina Monica
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Well, it could have been worse. It could have been unreadable.

Like most fans of The Mortal Instruments, I had been waiting for a graphic novel adaptation for a very long time. I thought we would have one much earlier than this, but better late than never, right?

This is actually a good adaptation, in terms of story, pacing and atmosphere. Cassandra Jean illustrates all important scenes that appear in the first half of City of Bones. Indeed, this first volume covers everything—or so—up to Simon’s
Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although I haven’t read the original book, I knew some of the things that were gonna happen from the movie and the show.

The illustrations were really good and I will definitely read the other graphic novels in this series! 👏🏻❤️
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Now I'm no expert on these matters, so I don't know what I'm looking for here...
It was okay to say this is my first ever Graphic Novel. It's just a shame it's not the full version and there's a second part.

The things I liked?
- We got to see the Falcon story Jace tells Clary
- Little bits of pieces, there's a book on Peru in Magnus's room which was very fitting!
- The height difference between Jace and Clary was so cute!
- CHURCH! Anytime I see anything church related I can't help but smile...
- We g
Teresa Faliq ☼
i saw this book at my library today, and of course, your mortal instruments lovin’ girl had to pick this up.

i loved this so much! i finished it one hour, and literally loved it. the illustrations are cute and the entire book just made me feel really happy and nostalgic. I’ll probably be checking this book out from my library every month since it just makes me really happy to read. <3
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
Currently available to read via Kindle Unlimited!

Just going to warn you now readers, it is controversial opinion time. I preferred this graphic novel format to the novel City of Bones (which I read a while back and only gave 3 stars to!) so here is why I preferred this more. Just from reading this visual edition, I understood the characters and the story-line a lot easier than before. I liked the artwork and fast pacing throughout. Maybe the series will be more enjoyable for me if I read these v
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I didn't even realize until reading this, but I miss my TMI babies so damn much.

This is a gorgeous adaptation and I am absolutely in awe of how perfectly the artist captured these characters!
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Who knew this was so funny? I loved this first graphic novel instalment of TMI!

*big shock* I have never read any of Cassandra Clare's books, (despite owning the whole TMI and TID series) but I wanted to try out TMI in graphic novel format first before I fully committed myself to the novels which are waaay thicker.

After reading this introductory volume, I'm really very intrigued by the plot and how it will continue. I loved Jace and Magnus but I think my favourite is Alec *swoon*

I have read the
Beatrice in Bookland
I'm not the biggest fan of graphic novels but The mortal instruments is the series that got me into reading and it's always gonna be a favorite of mine so of course I bought this new release!

And well, I love Cassandra Jean's drawings and the characters really look like how I've pictured them in my head. I didn't give 5 full stars just because the story moved too fast (even if this is just the first volume, the last scene is Magnus's party, before the Hotel Dumort's fight scene).

I especially love
Bless Cassandra Jean and her art. Bless.

I'm sad we only had something like 1/3 of the book, but at the same time I'm glad because it means nothing from the original story will be cut.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Mortal Instruments is brought to life again with this new graphic novel inspired by the first novel in the largely popular series. I loved seeing this story again with illustrations and the condensed story and the whole book was over far too quickly. Overall, it was a nice adaption of the first book in series and it seemed like while they covered a fair amount of the story but at times it was disjointed and without a flow. I also thought the illustration of the characters didn’t really match ...more
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Initially I wasn’t taken with the art work which is very manga in style, but in the end really enjoyed it. This first volume was on Kindle Unlimited. Very sad the rest of the volumes are not!
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
3.5 stars
I loved reading this and read it in basically two sittings. I’m not sure if I would’ve loved it as much had I not read the full novels of the mortal instruments though. It would be hard to tell. But as it was, I would 100% go back to these graphic if I need a quick Shadowhunter fix and/or refresh on the story but don’t have time for a full series reread.
I didn’t like the art style quite as much as the first graphic novel I read a couple weeks back but it wasn’t bad. I definitely also wo
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this Shadowhuter books but I didn't enjoy the graphic novel as much.
I really didn't think I'd end up liking this.

But I did. Of course.

Me, everytime a new Shadowhunter book comes out:
Again, Cassandra Clare?! I am not buying that!

2 months later...

Me, after reading it:
excited will ferrell GIF


Besides some of the illustrations being a bit off **cough** Isabelle **cough**...

I thought this was a super fun adaptation! I love a good graphic novel because I love to reread books and I don't always want to invest several days when I have a m
Victoria ♡
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-manga
Whenever I get to re read City of Bones, in any format it just makes me nostalgic. It never gets old I just love it so much.

I really appreciate the small changes in this though to make it different, it’s refreshing and really reminds me that I love the characters so much.
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the only adaptation of this series that matters
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this, when is #2 coming out lol
Nancy The book junkie
I've always been a fan of Cassandra Jean and once again she didn't let me down. I loved the arts and the way she depicted the characters. This graphic novel cover the first 6 chapters of city of bones and so far it stayed very true to the book storyline. I'm definitely looking forward to volume 2!
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting to read. Provides a different take into the first book in The Mortal Instruments series.
Amy Risner
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books
Okay, I’m going to be real for a second: I originally rated the novel version of this book 2 stars. Well, maybe it was more like 2.5 stars. But, nevertheless, I just did not love it and when people saw my rating I was… met with some rather unhappy responses.

Here’s my opinion on The Mortal Instrument series: they’re fun and consumable, and they have stood up well over the years. They have good world building, action, and romance. But what grips me the most is the very complex history and connecti
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
I loved this SO MUCH. It helped me visualize so many different aspects of City of Bones, and the art style was GORGEOUS!!! All in all, my first graphic novel was a win!
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Is it fair of me to read graphic novels and score them badly knowing that I hate graphic novels?

This felt extremely low effort. I'm not a fan of Cassandra Jean's artwork for the Mortal Instruments universe and it didn't do any better in graphic novel form. This was an extremely brief book, that entirely skipped big chunks of important information and seemed to rely heavily on you having read the novels.

It was weak and not to my taste in the slightest.
Zoë ☆
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This is a really quick and cool way to read TMI! I really enjoyed it :)
Stanislav Lozanov
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it and now I definitely want to reread the series!
Angela Magic Art
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been waiting for this for so long! I finally got my hands on it! This was really really good. The art is wonderful, and it just gave me so many nostalgic feelings! It really just reminded me why I love this series so much. I did miss some of the dialogue that wasn't included from the original City of Bones novel, and a few scenes that were cut. I wish it was longer!!! It was a very fun quick read. I read it in one sitting, in about an hour. It does only cover about 1/4 of the first book, ...more
hope ❅
This is so cute!!!
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I just love these characters and story so much. I can recognise the faults in this series but I read it at such a bad time in my life the books mean so much to me. these characters were my only friends for so long so it was awesome reading this. the art wasn't what I expected but didn't hate it. THAT SIZZY SCENE THO
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"Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilo

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