Book Review: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Do you enjoy stories of the Night Children? Or of demons? Or those stories featuring werewolves? If you do, then consider entering the world of the shadow hunter: the warrior who protects humanity and the Downworlders (faerieswerewolves, and vampires) from the attacks of demons.

The Mortal Instruments (series)
The Mortal Instruments (series) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cassandra Clare introduces the reader to the shadow hunters in The Mortal Instruments trilogy. Written for teens, this trilogy evokes a world that asks you to use your imagination and suspend disbelief. The language is suitable for teens with imagery that is easily understood by this age group. Within the pages of these three novels, the reader is introduced to, among other themes, a love triangle, a battle for supremacy, and the relationship between a father and his children. The violence that occurs within  the story is not graphic; and neither is the sexuality. Instead these topics are dealt with a delicacy one would expect to find in a teen novel.

The trilogy is made up of the following three titles: City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass. We are introduced to the protagonist in the first pages of the story: Clary, a girl who eventually discovers that her history is not what she thought it was. With her friend Simon, she gets to meet the shadow hunters who introduce her to the world she was born in but had never yet experienced: Jace, Isabelle and Alec. The three volumes are a record of their adventures as they race to save not only the world of the shadow hunters, but also the world as humanity knows it.

I enjoyed reading this tale and discovering Clare’s world. As I was reading the pages, I came to understand why this story is to be made into a film: it has action, it has romance, it has drama. And as you let your imagination soar with the author’s words, you are carried into a world that has captured the imagination of teens. If fantasy literature is the genre you enjoy, then you will enjoy this series.

Do you enjoy stories featuring vampires, werewolves and faeries?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

16 thoughts on “Book Review: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

  1. Many books that appeal to teens are a lot better than most adult novels. Seems as though these could be in that category. Although some of the current popular stuff is apallingly badly written – yes, I’m thinking vampires, here.


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