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4.23 out of 54.23 out of 54.23 out of 54.23 out of 54.23 out of 5 4.23 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cassandra Clare Narrator: Ari Graynor Publisher: Simon & Schuster Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2007 ISBN:
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Cassandra Clare's City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments Book 1 is brilliantly plotted and the writing is meticulous and detailed, enabling you to get into the minds of the characters. Clare's descriptions are minute, making the action of the book come alive and exploring the feelings of the characters. The protagonist, Clary's, vulnerability is endearing; she discovers new things about herself as the book goes on. And then, there's Jace, who is a man of few words, but when he does express himself, he's really intense. So it's easy to see how a romance between these two is inevitable.

Clary comes across the Shadowhunters while is at a nightclub with her friend Simon. She doesn't know that they are Shadowhunters or even what Shadowhunters are, but she sees three of them kill a fourth person who she later discovers was a demon. The funny thing is that no one else can see them and the body is disposed off so that no traces are left behind. While Clary is discovering this strange ability to see Shadowhunters, her mother is attacked by a Ravener demon. Clary gets in the middle of this encounter and herself suffers injuries which one of the Shadowhunters, Jace, is able to heal.

Clary's abilities are surprising because only Shadowhunters or Nephilim—a half angel, half human species—are supposed to be able to see each other. So how can Clary see them when she is a "mundane" i.e., a human? The Shadowhunters take her to an underground place called the City of Bones where she realizes that her mother has been wiping her memories since childhood. Clary is, in fact, a Shadowhunter too.

At this point, a romance starts developing between Clary and Jace, which makes Alec, Jace's gay Shadowhunter friend, and Simon, Clary's best friend, jealous. But the romance is destined not to last, at least not in this installment of the series, as further investigation reveals that Clary and Jace are brother and sister, their father being Valentine, a man who tried to "cleanse" the Nephilim population many years ago in an effort to get rid of Downworlders—those who are descended from demons. Even though Downworlders are not always evil, Valentine had it in for them. He was unsuccessful in his efforts all those years ago and it is up to Clary, Simon and the Shadowhunters to prevent him from making a comeback.

Cassandra Clare's real name is Judith Rumelt and she was born in Iran to American parents. Her family traveled a lot when she was young, so she lived in France, England and Switzerland before the age of ten. Since they were never in one place for too long, young Judith turned to books and always carried one under her arm. As an adult, she worked for various tabloids, writing celebrity gossip, but in 2006, she started writing fiction full time and playfully jokes that she never wants to write about Paris Hilton again. She is friends with Holly Black, also a fantasy writer and the two often refer to characters in each others' books within their own work.

When 15-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 thin 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 acts a lot like a jerk. Within 24 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, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride they will never want to end. Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iona | 6/30/2011

    " Hard to get into at first but Clare has built a brilliant world with witty and 3 dimensional characters that make you keep turning the page "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kassandra | 6/30/2011

    " this series is one of my all time favorite. I highly recommend for everyone to read it. I've already read it like ten times...literally!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms.Feldmann | 6/30/2011

    " I'm not usually a big fantasy book fan, but this one was very interesting. There were so many plot turns, that it always kept me on my toes! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shireen | 6/30/2011

    " this was an AMAZING book. it was action packed and a great sci-fi! I truly enjoyed it :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cara | 6/29/2011

    " This was a brill book couldnt put it down when i started reading absolutly awsome. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 6/29/2011

    " OMG, I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SERIES! Ahh, Jace and Simon <3
    Can't wait for the fifth book! IT'S GOING TO BE AMAZING! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 6/29/2011

    " TMI is my 3rd favorite series out of twenty-......something. I HIGHLY recommend these books to everyone! You will love them! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendal | 6/29/2011

    " ugh... I loved the book as I got into it, but it first it seemed to drag on... and on.... and on...

    I'll read the series, but I can't guranetee I'll like it all that much. Sorry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 6/29/2011

    " Good for a teen magic book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lonica | 6/29/2011

    " A good read. Something akin to harry potter and twilight. Can't wait for the next one "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nichole | 6/29/2011

    " I absolutley love love this series!!! I love the world that Cassandra Clare created!! The characters are amazing I <3 Jace!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tori | 6/29/2011

    " Book:City of Bones,Rating:4/5, I included this book in my book bucket ist necause my sixth grade english teacher told me about it. Then I saw all 4 of the books in Bj's and decided to buy and read them., yes the book was worth it to me, yes i would recomend it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ha | 6/28/2011

    " Extremely disappointed when I first purchased the book; I can tell right off the bat she's a newbie writer. "

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About the Author
Author Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices trilogy, and she is coauthor of the Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson. She also wrote The Shadowhunter’s Codex with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than thirty-five million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages.