Review: The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

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Title:The Mortal Instruments Trilogy
Author:Clare, Cassandra
Publisher:McElderry
Pages:999

Cassandra Clare created a whole new world and race of people in this stunning trilogy. I was recently introduced to these books by a Twitter Friend, xbellaxmiax, she told me to pick up the trilogy and read it and I am glad I took her advice. I had seen the books around on Amazon even in my recommendations of products I might like to purchase, I think it was the titles that put me off a bit at first because the cover art is very stimulating, while not taking away from your imagination as you read.

The first book follows Clary through the discovery that not all things in her life is as they seem. Clary was born and raised in New York, life as she knows it with her Mother Jocelyn is pretty calm. Jocelyn is an artist, Clary dreams of becoming as good as her mother in lots of ways. Art, beauty, and the way Jocelyn is always calm and in control. They live in a beautiful victorian loft in the city. She has her best friend Simon, and her father figure Luke, all in all Clary is a pretty happy teen. She does tend to wonder why her Mom freaks out so much when she is a bit late, or when she goes to the club Pandemonium in the city.

Things start to change for Clary when she is in line to gain entrance to Pandemonium, she sees this handsome guy with blue hair gain entrance to the club carrying a weapon, fascinated by his looks and cunning, Clary is distracted by him through-out the night. She is terminally shy around boys except for Simon and finally talks herself into walking up to the guy and asking him to dance, but that is exactly when she sees him flirting with this amazing girl. She is tall, gorgeous with flowing black hair and perfect skin. She sees the girl and they boy disappear into a back room. Just as the boy steps in Clary sees two shadows with knives step in behind him. Flustered she tells Simon to find security while she stalks off into the room to see what is going on. She witnesses a murder happened. The two shadows have materialized and are killing her beautiful blue haired boy. She screams, the gorgeous girl and the two shadow boys turn around. This is when Clary is told she can see things that no ‘mundane’ should be able to see, she finds out the blue haired boy was a demon and the girl and boys killing him are shadow hunters.

The book then spells out with Clary falling for one of the shadow hunters named Jace, Jocelyn being abducted by an evil hunter, Clary finding out about who she really is and how her and Jace band together to give the hunters a bit more time before a huge war. Clary with the help of Jace finds Jocelyn but all is not well. Clary finds out her father is the evil hunter Valentine, and that Jace is her brother Jonathan, the incestuous plot didn’t bother me in this trilogy. It wasn’t anything like some slash fan fiction quality stuff, but how it would actually be if you found out you had a brother and was completely mad for him.

The second book begins with Clary dating Simon, he has been in love with her for years. She really isn’t into it because she is still in love with her brother Jace, but she is trying to make it all work. Jocelyn is still in the hospital asleep and no one seems to be able to wake her up. Jace and Clary are still confused and weird around each other and then their Father begins to attack everywhere he can looking for the Mortal Instruments. If he retrieves all three then no one will be able to oppose him and the fate of regular humans with demon blood along with shadow hunters being enslaved by Valentine is in the hands of Clary, who has never had training and is still learning what all this shadow hunting business is all about. The book follows the two through saving the Mortal Cup, and trying to stop their incestuous feelings for one another. The couple are betrayed at the center of their group of friends and Valentine wins the battle for the cup in the end.

Book three, Valentine has the sword and the cup. Clary has a special shadow hunter power and Jace realizes he has physical abilities beyond the norm. Jace and his adopted family return to the city of glass and Jace leaves Clary behind. So she draws a new rune makes a portal and follows after them. This book was more faced paced than the other, I love them all three equally and believe they should be read in order, but City of Glass had me on pins and needles. I was even reading the book in my class and missed out on some stuff the instructor was going over. I can’t really give you much more of a plot here, I don’t want to ruin the story with spoilers. I guess I can say Clary found the key for waking up Jocelyn, Valentine wages war on the city of glass, just as the clave leaders are going to submit to Valentines rule, Clary discovers a way they can fight. It doesn’t mean they will win though.

I thought the writing style for these books was amazing. The detail Clare put into these books is astounding. You got to see, feel, and almost touch every person and every aspect of this story. There are no open endings, no plots left unturned no matter how small. was sewn up into a detail abundant package. This quickly became one of my favorite trilogies. I am sad the story is over, I will always miss the city of glass.

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14 Responses so far

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    Oh my goodness, I loved, nay LOVED, these books SO SO much. Did you know she’s working on another Shadowhunter trilogy, this time taking place in Victorian London? OMG I CANNOT WAIT!!!! Although I’ll miss more Jace and Clary :(

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    Yay! I am glad she is doing another set, I will miss Jace and Clary but Victorian London is a favorite period of mine. I so need an ARC!

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    The Mortal Instrument series is sensational! It was a mystery with a fantasy and Teenage twist, making it the perfect book for independent reading. I couldn’t put down the book!

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    wow, i love these books, i thought twilight was fantastic but i would prefer this any day!

    i cant wait for the new series of books, and i seriously think that someone should make these books into films!

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    Actually the firts book is a movie… i never saw it tho :(

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    *first

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    Actually, it’s not going to be a trilogy after September of next year. THERE’S GOING TO BE A FOURTH ONE!! And we can all stay inside the Shadowhunter universe with the new series, The Infernal Devices. I’m very excited, in case you haven’t noticed… :D

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    Propably the best urban fantasy trilogy for years.I’m not sure if I should freak out of the movie.In most cases the movies are bad especially in comparison with the books,but I really really hope this time will be different

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    The Mortal Insturments is defenitely my favourite book series, and even though I’m super excited about the Infernel Devices, I’m going to miss Simon!!

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    I can’t say anything that will describe how much i love, admire, and LOVE these books. They are simply amazing. They are….too fantastic for words. Watch out. Stephenie Meyer and J.K.Rowling- here comes someone who might just knock you off the bestsellers. I swear, i can’t wait for the fifth book. 115 days 16 hours and 53 minutes left until City of Lost Souls, people! I can’t wait. City of Heavenly Fire will be as amazing, as well. I just can’t stop myself from loving this series. It is 100 percent original…..and amazing, and i just can’t stop myself from being in love with it!

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    Actually I started with the Infernal Devices, and I loved it. I’ve just got the Mortal Instruments and so far City of Bones it’s been splendid. The new world Cassandra Clare has created it’s a nice combination of myths and legends, we all might have been heard of once. Mostly, I admire her imagination and study behind such a detailed work of the characters and their personal stories behind them, making them unique, special and essential within the stories. I truly recommend both series, and value the fact that because of this kind of work, we are going back to enjoy a nice book, as much as watching a movie. I do love going to the movies, but you can agree that sometimes our imagination reading a book can go beyond our expectations….

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    I LOVE CASSANDRA CLARE’S BOOKS! I just bought the series and I was so surprised like what the hell. I missed the best book series in the century! Now that I’ve read all her books, I’m so happy that the author will keep on writing her wonderful shadowhunter world. You are terrifyingly fantastic, Cassie :) .. Best than any author I’ve heard and will always be :)

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    A new one, the city of fallen angels is coming

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    I really really like the mortal instruments, I can’t wait for the next book

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