Friday, September 5, 2008
City of Bones - Cassandra Clare
"But Jace," she said, "all the stories are true."
Summary (from jacket flap):
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 the 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 ats 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, Casandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wile ride that they will never want to end.
This is now one of my favorite books. I usually don't read too much fantasy stuff - I usually can't get into it too well. This book was exactly the opposite. I was hooked quickly and the fast pace ensured that I would finish it quickly, also.
Clary seems like a real down-to-Earth character, despite everything that is happening to her (I won't tell you because I don't want to spoil it!). The way she reacts is the way I think I would react if any of this happened to me. All the characters were described really well and had growth in the book.
I would only change one thing, though. Everything would get really exciting, and then slow down dramatically, then get exciting, and slow down again, etc. I think this book would be even more incredible if it didn't slow down so much in between the main events.
Overall, though, this is a great book and if you are debating whether you would like it, you most likely will.