When 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 odd markings. This is Clary’s first encounter with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons – and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line. It’s also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace. Within twenty-four 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 an ordinary mundane like Clary? and how did she suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…
Rating: 5 out 0f 5
Review: As soon as I read the first sentence, I was hooked. Most authors begin their book with a small introduction on the setting and the characters’ lives and a little foreshadowing here and there but Clare just jumped right into the action. Right from the literal beginning of the novel, there was no stopping.
“You’ve got to be kidding me,” the bouncer said, folding his arms across his massive chest.
He stared down at the boy in the red zip-up jacket and shook his shaverd head.
“You can’t bring that thing in here.”
The development of Clare’s characters was very well presented. Right away, I knew Clary’s personality and habits. It was as if I had been friends with the characters my whole life. That is a very rare feeling. Also, I loved the way she presented new characters. For the Shadowhunters, Clary met them in a moment where they looked feral and savage. She caught them in the act of killing a demon. It was very realistic. Clare was very clear that the Shadowhunters did not want to trifle with the ‘mundane’ world. She was also very good at portraying that there was a whole other world in Clary’s city that she was literally blinded from.
Another quality that I thoroughly enjoyed about Clare’s writing was her intricacy. The whole plot line was a big spiderweb, woven together by small details and finally all joined together at the center. There were so many little details in the book that I never found relevant. But as soon as I hit the climax, everything slowly came together. It was genius. When I thought I realized what was coming up, instead of being predictable, Clare created something entirely different and I was totally caught off guard. This was a brilliant way to keep people hooked.
Clary and Jace’s relationship was another brilliant feature of this book. It is not something you can simply explain but she created something so realistic between the two of them. You could tell at first that they both didn’t know what to think of each other. Jace was an arrogant teenage boy, and even though he was gorgeous, Clary did not like him at first. But she would glimpse moments of softness and vulnerability which made Clary curious. They drove each other crazy. Clare had a good way of making you feel the frustration between them. But she also had a good way of making you fall for their love story. Which makes it such a big surprise when Clare whips out the final twist of the book. This part of the book was the hardest to read because it was so terrible. It was one of those twists where you are horrified but you had to read more because you believed it impossible. Clare made it seem as if the universe was for and against Clary and Jace’s relationship at the same time.
Another thing I quite enjoyed about the Shadowhunter world was The way Clare treated the Downworlders (vampires, werewolves, faeries, and warlocks). She never made it stereotypical and it was a ll very realistic. They were just as much a part of the Shadowhunters as the demons. They played a big role with Clary’s adjusting and her friend circle in this new world. I liked the way Clare used them in her book.
There is not much I can comment about on the plot without giving to much away but there was so much going on that it was literally impossible to put this book down. There were always unanswered questions that made you itch to know more, the characters were always going on dangerous quests that caught you off guard, the enemy was always tormenting the readers with snippets of their intentions. It was a roller coaster ride.
A beautiful job. Well done, Cassandra Clare!
review by: dharmaayla
- Next week, read the review of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer