I wish I could pretend I wasn’t drooling waiting for Book Six of The Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire to hit the shelves. But my drool has a mind of its own. It was worth the wait and saliva.
It’s a shame when people miss out on fantastic books because they’re a certain genre. While I’m neither young, nor a hopeless romantic, I’m biologically an adult and I’m not going to miss out on a good book just because it’s categorized as YA.
One day I picked up City Of Bones, the first in The Mortal Instruments series and by the time I finally lifted my head again, I was hooked.
Cassandra Clare’s flare is plucking readers out of their environment and directly into the story.
I love a story that takes me away.
I want to be walking down the halls of the Institute, my shoes clicking on the marble floors. Walk through the streets of The Shadowhunter’s world of Idris. Feel Valentine’s obsession. Cheer for Simon. I want to feel the heat of the fire. I want to know if Clary and Jace will or can be together…
A book doesn’t have to change the world, just be entertaining, oh, and be available to read, for free. But if I could, I would buy these shiny and new.
Drawbacks? This is fan fiction so the characters are hyper-romanticized for the hard sell. The action can get ubercheesy and the outcomes over obvious. The pace can falter especially when Clare gets circuitous, but overall, each book has its own charm and makes for pleasurable reading. It’s fantasy, it’s escapism, not rocket science.
The Mortal Instruments is the 3rd chronologically out of 5 in The Shadowhunters Chronicles. I really enjoyed Clare’s The Infernal Devices series, also Shadowhunters, but in the Victorian era.
The Dark Artifices has been announced, apparently set 5 years in the future, 2015 release date.
There’s also The Shadowhunter’s Codex and The Bane Chronicles (don’t get too excited, no Tom Hardy, this is the warlock Bane) written with fellow YA authors Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson.
Let’s speed this up a bit by saying, there’s a lot of Clare’s works available, a lot. And for Holly Black fans, Clare and Black are friends, and they work and play well together.
I’ve read complaints of people saying this is ripped off from this or that and so forth, that would be up to courts to decide, the way I look at literature, there’s really nothing new about any of it, except in the way the story is told; that’s what it’s about. There are only so many stories.
As for the film version of City Of Bones while there were significant variations from the book, but that’s why it’s called an adaptation, right? The life-force of the book was there and the cast was amazing, including: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Lena Headey, Kevin Zegers, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Durand, Aidan Turner, Jemima West, Godfrey Gao, C. C. H. Pounder, Jared Harris, etc.
City of Ashes will film in 2014.
The Mortal Instruments series is really just a love story with the obligatory and relevant youth messages of tolerance, diversity, love conquers all and good triumphs over evil.
Still, the underlying theme of each book that flew out at me is power.
Gaining power, losing power, using power, abusing power.
Discovering your power and what to do with it once you know what it is.
Obviously having the supernatural elements attracts and keeps people reading, but these books are about the relationships between the people.