Wednesday, June 10, 2009
As you all know, I blogged about the first book in this series, City of Bones, in which I explained the basic premise of the book and let you know a bit about the main characters. Go to this link to read about City of Bones. Clary, the protagonist in the series is coming to grips with the fact that the life her mother carefully constructed for her was a total sham. In fact, the world that Clary once knew is also a farce, being that she can see demons, vampires, werewolves, and the Nephilium that keep all of them in-line. Clary is part of this Nephilium lineage (part Angel, part human) that call themselves "Shadow Hunters". Jace, Isabel and Alec are the Shadow Hunters that come to Clary's aide after the mysterious dissappearance of her mother, which may be demon-related in execution. Both the first, City of Bones, and second book, City of Ashes, vividly describe the world of Shadowhunters and the other downworlder creatures that humans didn't know co-exist with them. Clary also feels romantically attracted to the heavenly gorgeous, and smartass, Jace Wayland.
The third book in The Mortal Instruments trilogy, City of Glass was a satisfying finale to a well-written series. Clare's main characters are definitely dynamic, but I think she has a knack for keeping them true-to-form from the first book, to the last. I hate it when I begin a series and by the last book, the characters I've been reading about for hundreds of pages, have huge about-faces and perform feats that are totally out in left field. City of Glass kept Clary, Simon, Jace, and his Shadowhunting companions as interesting and complex as they were in the first two novels. I didn't blog about the second book because I was a little pissed that Jace was thought to be Clary's long-lost brother, which ooged me out, considering I was eagerly anticipating more smoochy scenes between the two! However, Cassandra Clare does a superb job of integrating and resolving the many plot lines she's developed in the first two novels, and the Jace and Clary situation is resolved, but not enough time is spent on the two after the resolution, in my humble opinion. Sebastian also should have been further developed, and possibly mentioned in the second novel to enable readers to develop a relationship with him, thereby making the finale all the more exciting. Loved the ending, and it is what made me appreciate the series as a whole. The only thing dissappointing is that City of Glass is the final book in this series!
Not only has Stephenie Meyer recommended the series to you, I have, too! What is stopping you from trying them now, huh?!