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  • Series: The Mortal Instruments
  • Paperback: 1520 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; Boxed Set edition (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442409525
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442409521
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 3.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (423 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Mortal Instruments series is a story world I love to live in. Beautiful". (Stephenie Meyer, author of Twilight)" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Cassandra Clare is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Mortal Instruments series, the Infernal Devices trilogy, and the Bane Chronicles. Her books have more than 30 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at Shadowhunters.com.

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There is a very interesting story line and well-developed characters.
kjdas
I read all 3 books in 4 days and then went out and bought the next book in series which I read in one day.
Aaron K. Coy
I would recommend these for a teen or young adult because of the content.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful By MM on August 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
1. Amazing Heroes. I don't think there are enough words in the English language to express my love for Jace. And Simon. But specifically Jace. As a matter of fact, a speechless stance is probably the best to take anyway. If I'm not talking I can concentrate more fully on wiping away the drool.

2. Strong Heroines. Isabelle is definitely a strong female character, and so is Clary, but Clary makes some mistakes. We get to watch her grow over the course of the books, make her way, come into her own. She makes good choices - she makes poor choices. She's relatable. She's feisty. I want her for a friend.

3. Secondary Characters. There's not one token character anywhere in this entire series. All are multi-dimensional, richly drawn, vital, and each one serves at least a dual purpose. Even the Church the Cat.

4. Setting/imagery/worldbuiling/kick ass writing. You can see the lights of the Manhattan skyline and smell the scent of crisp apples and night blooming flowers. You can feel the weight of the weapon in your hand, the bass thumping against the walls of the club, the pressure of the stele as it draws the rune on your skin, and the crack in your heart as it begins to break. Whether New York City or Idris, you are THERE.

5. The covers. Do you SEE THEM? Aren't they PRETTY?

6. The fans. Best fans ever. Because we LOVE IT.

7. Cassie. She's a doll. She is vigilant about interacting with fans. She answers questions frequently on Twitter, has a Google group that she's very actively involved in, and she blogs on Live Journal as well. You can get more information about how to connect with her on her website.

8. The graphic novels!
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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 19, 2010
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I've seen this book lying around and the sequels. finally picked it up and couldn't stop until after the third one. action packed, angels and demons, magic, and a reluctant love triangle. This makes Twilight just raw dough to this series, which is the icing on the cake. I'm 40+ something, and a reader of anything worthy. Wow! There is to be a forth book next year. I'm so looking forward to it. Bring it on...
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Welling on July 12, 2011
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I may be a little late to the game with this one. But that's OKAY. A good book still deserves a good mention. And with that mention, I would like to take a moment for the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass novels written by Cassandra Clare.

I believe it was shear fate that I read these books. You see, it started a few weeks ago while on vacation in Florida. Those pesky flights can be somewhat underwhelming. Waiting in airport terminals is boring. Airplane seats are very uncomfortable. And there is something just simply unnerving about being 32,000 feet in the air in a rocking tube. I'm not a bird. That scares me. So, I try my best to divert my attention. With my nifty smart phone in hand before take off, I reached out to the closest E-book store armed with Starbucks in hand. And thus the adventure began.

All three books are on all sorts of recommended reading lists. I've seen them before while browsing through Barnes and Noble. Certainly the covers all look great. I know, I know... You're not supposed to judge a book by its cover. But these really looked NEAT! None the less my interest was peeked, so I downloaded the first book.

What the Books Are About:

I don't want to give too much of the storyline away. It's hard not to. The plot line has been done before. Let's face it, nothing is original anymore. Boy meets girl. Boy has super powers. Girl has super powers. Insert struggle here. There are a few fights here and there. Good wins triumphantly. That's about the most I'm going to give away.

But what makes this series so interesting? What's so special? The little tweaks in the plot line are all sorts of fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Seibel on May 16, 2010
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I am a 37 year old mother of 4. I am also a Twilight fan, totally. I was looking for something else to read, something that grabs you right from the first page. I am a busy mom, and I like "fast" reads. I read some other reviews about this series, and thought I'd give them a try. I LOVE THESE BOOKS!!! I was sucked into the first one from the first sentence. I literally could not put these books down until I was done with all 3. I would rate this series right up there with the Twilight books. I would recommend them to anyone who loves a fast read, with many twists and turns, and characters that call you back into their world.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Doe Eyed Doll on September 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I must give Clare some credit for the build through out the three books. The third book of course was my favorite of the series but they all kept me entertained. For those of you who enjoyed "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (the series not the movie) I believe that you will enjoy the witty dialogue between the characters. I love the characters and the chances that Clare took with the plot. The story will definitely keep you guessing until the epic ending in the last book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eir M. on December 11, 2011
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Okay, so these books are really good. They came along at a good time too. I'd just messed up my back and was parked on my couch for a while when these arrived.

What I did like about the book: Cassandra Clare has really done a beautiful job of creating her own mythological world. There are vampires, demons, warlocks, werewolves, and of course, shadow hunters. I did like the main character, Clary, for the most part. Her self-esteem issues were kind of obnoxious at times, but you have to remember that she's a fifteen year old girl. Jace had the tortured hot bad boy thing working for him. Of course, they were drawn to each other. The storyline was pretty tight. Oh, and Valentine. I just couldn't stop laughing at his name. A villain named Valentine? Almost ironic, but I went with it. I also loved how she wove in gay characters. It's about time! Not everyone in these sordid paranormal romances can possibly be straight!

What I didn't like: I read this after all three (actually, four) books were published, so maybe I will never understand how difficult it was to hear that Clary and Jace were siblings. But, really?! Siblings. Talk about a new angle on tension. You hear about it early in the series and then, it just gets awkward. Obviously, both "siblings" are pretty distraught over it. Even though you're thinking that it can't possibly be true, you're still a little grossed out by several scenes and conversations throughout the book. Plus, and I KNOW that this doesn't help the dramatic tension thing, why, why, WHY wouldn't they just get a paternity test? They live in NY, money isn't an issue, hell, they probably had stuff at the Institute. Even if it wasn't for Clary and Jace, why not just do it to clear names? Jace winds up accused of all sorts of things.
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