Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2007
Clary first meets the Shadowhunters at Pandemonium, where she witnesses them killing a vampire. From then on Clary is thrust into a world with demons, vampires, warlocks, werewolves, and all sorts of mythical and magical creatures. Soon after her first meeting with the Shadowhunters Clary’s mother is taken and she finds herself on a journey to get her back. However, questions abound, why did Clary suddenly get the sight? And what do demons want with her ordinary mother?
Review: I know I am super late to this bandwagon. I’ve been meaning to read this book for years but some other book always took precedence or I couldn’t find a copy to read. Because I’d heard only that this series was good but not really what it was about, I was optimistic but I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I came out of the book with mixed feelings. I liked the City of Bones, especially the beginning. However, it won’t ever be one of my favorites.
My biggest problem with the book was the pacing. I found it to be slow at times. The middle was particularly hard to get through for me. The beginning was interesting. The world building was done well and I liked getting to immerse myself in a world of magic, demons, werewolves, and vampires. It did pick up at parts during the long expanse of the middle, but I spent the majority of the book wanting more. I don’t mean more action. This book was action packed. There was enough fighting and demon killing to fill anyone’s desire. The action didn’t always move the plot along, which I found irritating. Besides being slow, I wasn’t a huge fan of many of the characters. I liked Clary. She was pretty kick ass. I liked that she took everything in stride and didn’t let her lack of Shadowhunter education hold her back. But besides Clary, the rest of the supporting characters felt a bit like stock characters and didn’t do much for me.