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. . . . Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(I was given a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis.)
15-year-old Clary thinks that the most important thing to her over her summer vacation is going to be her art classes, and working out how to avoid her best friend Simons weird band mates and their terrible poetry. What she doesn’t expect is to suddenly start seeing things that nobody else can see!
Coming across three kids with weapons slaying a demon in a club, she’s shocked when it turns out that she is the only one who can see them. She’s even more shocked though when she runs into one of the slayers – Jace, in a local café after walking out after an argument with her mother.
What Clary doesn’t know is that Jace and his friends are Shadowhunters – Nephilim who are charged with protecting people from demons. Running home after a worrying call from her mother, Clary finds her mom missing and a terrifying demon in their apartment.
Now it seems that the only person she has to turn to is Jace and the other shadowhunters; Isabelle and Alec, although it seems that there is a lot more to her mother and her past than she ever knew about, and that someone has blocked her memories and her ability to see the fey.
With her mother missing, and huge revelations about her mother’s past to come to terms with; can Clary put the missing pieces together in time to save her mother? Who is really Clary’s father? And how much has her mother been hiding from her?
I really enjoyed this book, it is the second time that I have read it, and I have to say that I understand it much better this time than the first! (Think I was ill the first time I read it!)Clary obviously has a lot to deal with in this book, with the revelations concerning her mother’s past life and her father. She also has to come to terms with the fact that she may not be who she thought she was. There’s also trouble for her in terms of her best friend Simon, who secretly loves her, and Jace who she’s slowly falling in love with.
The storyline is complex in places, which I think is why I understand it better the second time I have read it. There is quite a bit of history surrounding the shadowhunters and how they came to be, as well as past conflicts between them, including a ‘Voldemort’ type character and his hitler-ish ideas.
I loved Jace, he’s funny and flirty, relies on nobody but himself, tries to look after those around him whilst maintaining his tough guy exterior, and really cares about and is loyal to his friends and family. He also spends his time fighting demons and rescuing people, and is covered in magical swirling tattoos. Have to say that Jace really did it for me!
The other characters all had their own quirks too – Isabelle with her whip, Simon and his not-so-secret crush on Clary, Alec and his crush on Jace, Magnus the high warlock, and the cat that understands what you are saying and leads you to the person you want to find.
The storyline was fast paced and well written, although I thought it did begin to slow down towards the end which was annoying. There were plenty of twists in the tale though, most of which I didn’t see coming.
I have to say that I absolutely hate what is revealed at the end of this book though. I’m not going to tell you ‘cause it would be a massive spoiler, but it is just so annoying you’ll want to throw the book (or your kindle/nook) out the nearest window. That being said, I am definitely reading the next book in the series, waiting for this revelation to be proved wrong!!!!
Overall; an enjoyable, young adult, urban fantasy that will leave you desperate for the next instalment.
8 out of 10.
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