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Billy | 1 comments The book City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is very interesting and exciting. The author did a very good job at keeping the reader on the edge of his seat. It always had many good twists and the writing was very clear. The writer, however, didn’t give enough background information on a group of people in the book called the “underworlders” (including werewolves and vampires), making it difficult to follow the plot at times. The characters are very interesting and mysterious, making the reader care about what happens to them, and leaving the reader wanting to learn more. Overall I would suggest this book to anyone who likes science fiction/fantasy type novels. It is spectacular book.

In the book The City of Bones a young girl named Clary Fray runs into the “shadow hunters”, a group of fallen angels who hunt and kill demons on Earth to protect the humans or “mundanes”. Her mother, Jocelyn Fray, is kidnapped after Clary’s first meeting with these fallen angels. In the first meeting with these beings Clary’s best friend, Simon, gets a little freaked out. Then the story accelerates as Clary is sent into this unknown and mysterious fantastical world populated by underworlders.

This book has many twists and turns. This helps in keeping the reader on edge and focused on the book. It is what really helps to increase that awareness that you want to finish the book and you can’t put it down. The author did an amazing job at this. You would expect something, then it would turn out to be completely different. It worked very well in the book and brought in many series of important events that were necessary in tying this book to the rest of the books in this series. The plot twists make the book interesting, but are not so frequent or unbelievable as to make it confusing. An example is how Clary seems to have the exact same powers as the rest of the shadowhunters and the author keeps you wondering why. The book was very clear in introducing new information without confusing the reader.

One flaw in the book is how the author didn’t give enough background information about the underworlders. The underworlders play a very important role in the story. This made it somewhat confusing to follow the plot at times. The author only provided basic information about the werewolves, vampires, warlocks, and witches. This information was not enough to provide the reader with enough knowledge to understand some of the dialogue between these characters. The author did touch on the subject of other underworlders such as zombies and pixies, but never gave enough detail to really understand what their role was in the story, or whether they mattered to the overall plot. Introducing these mythological creatures may have been confusing to many readers.

The characters in the story, however, were well developed and very interesting. Clary, in particular, is a strong character. She endures the many hardships as she comes into this new world, which she had never encountered before. She is also very vulnerable and falls in love with one of the shadowhunters, Jace. Jace is handsome and mysterious. His parents supposedly were killed in a fight in his homeland of Idris (the homeland of all shadowhunters) over the signing of a peace treaty. Clary’s mother is also fascinating, as she has a dark history involving the chief villain in the story, Valentine.


All in all, this entire book was very interesting and should keep most readers on the edge of their seats. This book keeps you guessing, and wondering what will happen next. You will want to go out and buy the rest of the trilogy to find out what happens to Clary and her friends. Thumbs up and a four-star ratin


message 2: by Amelle (new)

Amelle Kyre (the_shadowhunter) | 946 comments i give the series Five stars


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