City of Bones (Mortal Instruments)

Book 1 of 6 in the Mortal Instruments Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 9 - 12Grades 3 - 5n/a5.0130949

Discover this first installment of the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly).

When fifteen-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 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 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 that they will never want to end.

Hardcover, 629 pages
Published on September 1, 2008 by Thorndike Press
ISBN-10: 1410409589
ISBN-13: 9781410409584
81 Book Reviews
  • blended
    blendedover 1 year55 stars
    It is a book that increases mystery and fun that is positive. The story is amazing and each charter has there own agenda.
    • aly_spoon675
      aly_spoon675almost 2 years55 stars
      Clary has been different all her life. She has seen vampires, warlocks, faeries, and much more... not that she ever knew that until she met the Shadowhunters. Clary's life finally makes sense when Jace, Isabelle, and Alec tell her that she is one of them, she is a Shadowhunter. I was drawn to the book with every word as Clary started her new life while trying to find her lost mother, but can she handle the bitter truth she will discover? Recommended for 6th graders and up, this book will leave you stunned and craving for more.
      • Bookloveralmost 3 years
        This is a very good book I reccomend it to everyone over 13 due to age appropriate knowledge but I have read all the books and is one of my favourite series
        • katherina_8268
          katherina_8268about 3 years55 stars
          I REALLY WANT TO READ THIS!! I'm just aching to get it, and I don't think I can wait much longer. Lots of people recommend this book, and I can't wait until our school library finally buys the first book for the library!
          • stormrider321
            stormrider321about 4 years55 stars
            This series is amazing and full of adventure. I love to just escape into this world and imagine if this were to really happen. As a Mundane (What they call humans) I think this book may as well be an auto biography sold to mundanes as a fiction because of how perfectly everything is described. Read it! :D
            • falcon846
              falcon846about 4 years55 stars
              Amazing book it really pulls you into the story. I would love to live in that world and being a Shadowhunter sounds awesome.
              • majise
                majiseover 4 years55 stars
                Awesome book i love it!!!!
                • dheb2
                  dheb2over 4 years55 stars
                  this was a fun thrill ride that all would love
                  • darkangeldria12
                    darkangeldria12over 4 years55 stars
                    I absolutely love this series I have read it about a thousand times and know everything by heart I definitely do recommend these books for people to read :D
                    • riley22m
                      riley22mabout 5 years55 stars
                      This book was awesome. It wasn't one of those books where the girl was a damsel in distress at all points of the story. It is very mysterious but also very adventurous full of demons half angel humans who fight to survive. It's thrilling and if you are into supernatural then this is your book.