- Series: The Mortal Instruments
- Hardcover: 2496 pages
- Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; Boxed Set edition (October 23, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1442472057
- ISBN-13: 978-1442472051
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 9.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1,063 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones; City of Ashes; City of Glass; City of Fallen Angels; City of Lost Souls Hardcover – October 23, 2012
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About the Author
Cassandra Clare is the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Lord of Shadows and Lady Midnight, as well as the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy. She is the coauthor of The Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy with Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman, as well as The Shadowhunter’s Codex, which she cowrote with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than 50 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages, a feature film, and a TV show, Shadowhunters, currently airing on Freeform. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at Shadowhunters.com.
Top customer reviews
Being older than a YA (but not wanting to admit it), there were times I wanted to slap Clary in the face to get her to stop being so annoyingly whiney(sp?)/bratty. There are many characters who are pivotal to the story, but aren't as developed as they could have been. All of the main characters are also pretty paranoid about/secretive from their significant others, which doesn't really indicate a strong foundation. But I get it...adolescence is a tough time with hormones going crazy and learning about life.
So leaving adolescent emotions/tension aside, this is a pretty good series. If you love the mystical/fantasy YA stories, you won't be disappointed. Unlike the Twilight series, the love triangle isn't the central point of the story. Because of the various characters, the story is more developed than Twilight, too. (Note: I love the Twilight series, too.) Of course it wouldn't be a YA novel without a love story, which is an endearing one...but also very DARK!
A huge plot twist in the first book made it IMPOSSIBLE to put down the 2nd and half of the 3rd. After that, there was a bit of a lull in the story and the books DO drag at times. The first 5 books could probably have been condensed into 3, but that seems to be the norm in YA books these days.
Oh, and if you watched the movie before the book, there are some HUGE changes made in the movie. Having read the books first, the major screenplay changes were very disappointing.
Can't wait for the 6th and final installment in May. Already pre-ordered it :-)
That being said, the writing is pretty good, especially for a YA series, and I like the imagining of the supernatural world that the author has created.
Clary is a very likable character (not at all like Bella Swan from Twilight) and a good female protagonist. She is not the damsel in distress and although her love life is a central theme in the story, it's not the only thing that motivates her.
Seriously, I couldn't get over the possible incest thing. My skin crawled with every sentence where they imagined or talked about their unrequited love *BLECH*