City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

485 pages

English language

Published Nov. 21, 2007


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City of Bones is the first urban fantasy book in author Cassandra Clare's New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments. The novel, first published in 2007, is set in modern-day New York City and has been released in several languages, including Bulgarian, Hebrew, Polish and Japanese. It is the first book in the first trilogy of The Mortal Instruments which includes the books City of Ashes and City of Glass.

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I'd heard a lot of positive things about this series in general, and yet reading it was so, so weird. Baron Hotschaft Von Hugenstein, the falcon, Clare's obsessive descriptors of eyebrows and how people smell - all these things are intimately familiar to me without having read a shred of her published work before.

This is, of course, because of the copious amount of Harry Potter fanfiction I consumed as a teen, where her Draco trilogy figured prominently. I wasn't new to the author and sadly because of that the work was, to me, drab and a little too predictable for comfort, even factoring in the intended audience. Jace is so Draco that it's painful: not Rowling's Draco, of course - but the Draco Clare molded and made such a memorable and bright character all her own, and it was very hard to see around that when I knew that …

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