Saturday, April 30, 2011

Mortal Instruments Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

Welcome to a special multi-review of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments Trilogy!  I recently read all three books back to back, so I thought I would include mini-reviews of each so you can get an idea of how the books worked together.  All three books are already out, so I won't include release dates. 

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry

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. 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?

This was one of those trilogies that sucked me in right away.  The action starts almost at the first page, and there are so many paranormal elements in this book that it kept me completed interested throughout.  There's an entirely other world that humans don't know about which includes just about every fairytale-like myth you've ever heard about, including vampires, werewolves, demons, fairies, wizards, and Shadowhunters, which are a sort of police force for their world.  They have their own government, and their own rogue members who want to take control and rule.

Clary is sucked into this world by accident, only to discover that she might actually belong there and never knew it.  Since her mother has disappeared, Clary has to learn to rely on Jace.  Let me just say from the outset that I ADORE Jace.  He was a wonderful character, an intriguing hero, and so honorable.  At the same time, I loved how irreverent he was, how he always challenged Clary.  Clary herself was also an endearing character.  She was brave and sarcastic, and I loved that about her.

Something happens at the end of this book that completely threw me for a loop, and I hated it!  But in a good way.  I figured it would resolve itself in one of the later books but, alas, I had to read the entire trilogy to find out.City of Ashes

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry

In City of Ashes, Clary and Jace's relationship has changed somewhat, and I found myself liking the change, but also hating it.  It was so frustrating because you wanted one thing, the author gave you something else, but at the same time, you love the characters so much that you couldn't help but root for them anyway, no matter what was going on. 

The action heats up in this one, and Clary finds herself more on the front lines as she starts to learn her place in the Shadowhunter world.  Her relationship with Luke really began to take a large focus in this book, and I loved getting to know Luke's character.  He was one of my favorites. 

Jace is faced with some pretty big struggles in this one due to what was revealed at the end of book one.  Not only that he's the son of someone not so nice, but another detail that I'll leave out so that you can be surprised.  For a while, he spends his time being in trouble with the Shadow world's government due to the revelation of who his real father is.  Clary, of course, wants nothing more than to help him and in typical Clary fashion, throws caution to the wind in order to help him, despite placing herself in danger.

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry

Finally, everything comes to a head in the final installment of the trilogy.  Although Jace finally thought he knew who he truly was, he finds out that things aren't always what they seem.  All the Shadowhunters, including Jace, have gone to the City of Glass and left Clary at home (Jace wants her to be safe), Clary discovers a way to help her mother and reunite with her.  With the aid of her new powers, she makes a portal and launches herself and Luke into the hidden world near the City of Glass.

The bad guys attack the city, and Jace and his people fight against the evil trying to take power over their world.  Jace and Clary have to fight their enemy to bring safety to those they care about, and to each other.  And I finally get to know the outcome to the thing that happened at the end of book one.  I won't tell you what it was or it would ruin the whole thing.

Suffice it to say, this series kept me on my toes, kept me interested, and kept me agonizing until the very end.  It was easy to suspend disbelief and get completed engrossed in Cassandra Clare's world.  This series was well worth the read.  Vivid, engaging, and action packed!  Also, it's not over.  Cassandra Clare just released a fourth book that will be the start of a new series set in the same world, and with the same characters!

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