“All the stories are true.” Those are the words Shadowhunter Jace Wayland tells Clary during their first meeting and that statement is what thrusts her into a world of mythic creatures including werewolves, vampires, demons, and more. The Mortal Instruments is a six book series written by Cassandra Clare with the first book coming out in 2007, the third book in 2009, and the final book in 2014.
The first book in the series, City of Bones, follows Clary and Simon, as they discover Clary’s connection to the shadowhunter world and encounter the rogue shadowhunter, Valentine, who seems to know more about Clary than she knows about herself. City of Ashes continues almost exactly after the events of the first book, with Clary struggling with her relationships with Simon and Jace, despite what she knows about them both, and trying to keep Valentine from achieving his goals. The third book, City of Glass, brings it all to an end. The shadowhunters and Valentine face off in one final battle in which the fate of all shadowhunters and downworlders rests in the balance.
Overall, the books have a solid story and the events flow pretty well. The author does a good job by making the reader want more. Sometimes the book will alternate between two scenes so that he reader can’t skip ahead and risk missing important information. The characters are pretty memorable. Each one is given a personality unique to themselves. You’d have a hard time trying to prove that two characters are exactly the same. From the nerdy and geeky Simon to the sparkly and flamboyant Magnus Bane. Unfortunately, the author does fall short on some aspects. The book relies to much on the scene switching and it can get frustrating being torn from a scene to read about something less interesting. The author also forces Jace and Clary’s relationship onto the reader so much that some characters are outright ignored in order to focus on Clary and Jace. The relationships between characters is important, but when it takes away other characters’ development, it can take away the enjoyment of the book. Overall, the book was a good read and the next three books are something to look forward to. The first 3 books get an overall score of 8/10 and is a good read for anyone who needs a book for class.