Book Talk: City of Bones/ Cassandra Clare

City of Bones
Rereading this book for the second time after 5 years made me notice little nuances that I didn’t catch before, but it is still as amazing as the first time around.

Clarissa (Clary) Fray is unceremoniously thrust into the world where Shadowhunters and demons exist. Her mother is nowhere to be found, and Clary meets a group of Shadowhunters (Jace Wayland, Alec and Isabelle Lightwood). The deeper she delves into the learning about Shadowhunters, the more she discovers about her family.

Thoughts and sentiments
City of Bones is just as thrilling and exciting as before. Things move along very quickly, and the words just pull me in deeper. I love the feel of the underground grittiness of New York City. The setting really makes it for me as I appreciate a really well written location that seems to come alive.

The characters Clary and Jace are the main focus as all their interactions always seem to turn into insult matches. This was the one thing I didn’t really pay that much attention to before. There is such a thing as flirtatious banter, but it verges on downright disrespectful remarks at times.

Clary was able to retrieve the Mortal Cup, that can create more Shadowhunters, but it falls into the hands of Valentine, who turns out to be her father. Apparently Valentine is Jace’s father since Valentine told him so. I find it a little weird that Jace just accepted what Valentine said as truth. At least Clary had the mind to say that Valentine mixes truth with lies. I wouldn’t go as far as to call him gullible, but that scene seemed very Luke, I am your father if you know what I mean.

The best thing about this book was Magnus Bane. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love a warlock who has more makeup than Isabelle and is exceptionally powerful. I really liked his character, though we don’t get a lot of him.

I enjoyed this book, and it is a good refresher for when the movie comes out.
More information about City of Bones by Cassandra Clare here.

3 thoughts on “Book Talk: City of Bones/ Cassandra Clare

  1. I love those books, although I have to admit the first three were the best, and I got a bit annoyed with the last one (so far). I hope she pulls it together with the sixth. Because of that, I think I enjoyed the Infernal Devices series better. I’d like to read all the Bane chronicles, but not at $2.99 a pop. I’ll wait until they’re all done and maybe put together at a discount price.

    1. I haven’t continued the Mortal Instruments series after the third book. I think I decided that the series ended for me there. I might have to reconsider, but I do agree that the Infernal Devices was a better series overall and I was satisfied with the ending.

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