PUBLISHER: Margaret K. McElderry Books
DATE PUBLISHED: 27th March 2007
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…
I have really enjoyed re-reading this book that I haven’t picked up since the first time I read it in high school. I decided to try completing this book via audiobook this time and have enjoyed the experience. The exploration of this Urban Fantasy book was a brilliant one and I liked re-exploring these characters.
The world-building of the Shadowhunters and Downworlders in a New York City setting was amazing and I loved exploring this new world with Clary as the initiate to the world giving the reader the ability to experience this world.
While this is a plot driven book the characters added to the experience. Clary, Jace, Alec, Simon, Isabelle, and Luke are all unique characters who bring their own elements to the book and will be instrumental in the continuation of the series.
Overall, this was an amazing start to a series that currently has ten books based in this amazing urban fantasy world. These characters are unique and instrumental in the flow of the book and their interactions. The plot twist at the end of the book still took me by surprise as I was reading it even though I knew it was coming up. An engrossing novel starting an epic urban fantasy series.
Keep Calm and Read On,