Monday, April 9, 2018

City of Bones

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In the debut entry of author Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series (which gets its name from William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, the quote inspiring the franchise’s moniker provided before the text commences), fifteen-year-old Clarissa “Clary” Fray and her best friend Simon visit the Pandemonium Club in New York City, with Clary able to see people her friend cannot, the lore of Shadowhunters somewhat espoused. Clary loves to sketch, with her father allegedly being dead, and lives with her mother Jocelyn, who along with her boyfriend Luke wants to taker her daughter on vacation to a farmhouse against her wishes.

As luck would have it, however, Clary gets out of the aforementioned excursion when her apartment is ravaged, with her mother vanishing as well, with more franchise lore espoused, Shadowhunters being Nephilim, the offspring of humans and angels, witches and warlocks being sterile crossbreeds like mules too, with an individual named Valentine supposedly destroying the first entry’s MacGuffin, the Mortal Cup. Familial revelations form a sizeable share of the book’s plot twists akin to the Star Wars franchise, and vampires in the writer’s universe ride special motorcycles running upon demonic energy.

Wolves also compose part of the writer’s mythos, with a seer introduced early on named Dorothea living in an apartment near Clary and her mother having a bit of a role, too. The initial entry ends with a visit to a hospital and a ride on a flying motorcycle, with the story generally being enjoyable, the author having successfully established her own modern fantastical mythology, and despite the somewhat derivative nature of the aforementioned storyline twists, those in the mood for a good contemporary fantasy tale will be in for a treat, with this reviewer definitely wishing to read its sequels.

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