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Publisher's Summary

Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan. Irresistably drawn towards a group of sexy demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City - and the dangers of forbidden love.

©2007 Cassandra Clare (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"The Mortal Instruments series is a story world I love to live in. Beautiful." (Stephanie Meyer)
"The story's sensual flavor comes from the wealth of detail: demons with facial piercings, diners serving locusts and honey, pretty gay warlocks, and cameo appearances from other urban fantasies' characters....Lush and fun." ( Kirkus Review)

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  • JaniceO
  • Queensland, Australia
  • 29-07-2014

I did not realise you adult meant young teen..

I really should have read the intro better. An interesting story line using a great deal from many other books of this genre and even a plot twist from Star Wars. The writing is young, much younger than say the Harry Potter Novels. I can see why it would appeal to younger readers. The threads of teenage angst, romance and rebellion are the plot with the supernatural thrown in to bind it all together.

There is evidence of research in the making of this world and this, being the first in a series, I assume that the writing will develop. The plot is a little involved with some nice charachter study though not overly developed in this intro the world. There is mystery, magic, monsters, treachery and a few as yet unexplained developments.

The reader was very suited to the story line, sounding suitably young and handling the narrative well with few errors and a nice flow. Her charachter voices were reasonably good, especially for the girls and her voice pleasant to listen to.

The main charachter is 15 years old and her supporting cast around the same age. I probably would not have purchased this book if I'd known that. It is part of a series that continues the story into the next book.

Overall, it's a little young and raw for me. I shall fulfill my fantasy/supernatural addiction elsewhere.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Clunky prose and leaden exposition

"He shrugged philosophically."

If that doesn't bother you, you might enjoy this book, but for me, the prose was an impenetrable barrier. That and the exposition was ham fisted.

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Great story don’t like the narration

Love this story have listened to lots of Cassandra Clare books. She always has someone different narrating done really like this over the top American voice. Not enjoyable to listen :(

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  • Jessica
  • ROMA, Australia
  • 25-06-2018

Narration was off-putting

I found it difficult to follow through to the end on this. I dare say the story had potential but Ari Graynor proved a dreadful narrator. Unable to give characters any variance and often unable to capture the spirit of an exchange, she quite deftly turned me off.

The storyline is about a 15yo girl who seems rather more naive than usual so it might not have been all AG's fault. Otherwise, good descriptions and a couple of crosses I didn't see coming so there's definitely potential. But I won't be continuing with the series if AG is narrating it.

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Good but narration hard

I love the story. In book form, movie, TV series and now audible. It was very distracting that the narrator mispronounced several words over and over

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started strong then gets lost

struggled to get up and over the climax as it dragged on. and on. otherwise it wasnt too bad. for teenagers i think.

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Such an amazing and unique storyline

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. it was my first Audible purchase and it has made me an addict. I will definetly continue to read the Cassandra Clare books.

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Awesome story world, winey voice

Her voice is annoying. She doesn't pronounce things like the other reads of the later books. I have still listened to it two times since I found out about Audible.

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Amazing.

Loved every second, recommend to anyone interested in fantasy and also those who are not.

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Totally disappointed

I was very disappointed with the story and characters. I did not feel it was outlined as a teenagers story and even then I found it disappointed and wZ left wanting.

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  • Lisa
  • 27-05-2010

cracking read

Wow where do I start - this is a cracking read (or listen) Clary is just a normal teenager growing up in Brooklyn (so she thinks) until she starts seeing people she shouldn't (yes I know what your thinking there are so many books like this out there) but not like this one this is a totally new take - new world, new beings and a few old ones as well. Very very entertaining it kept me hooked all the way through Clary and Simons relationship is endearing and Clary and Jace's is totally complicated - please bring out the other two books City of Ashes and City of Glass - I have read these too but would love to have them on my mp3 player too. All in all a must have for anyone who likes fantasy/urban fantasy not just for young adults I am much older and have enjoyed every single moment.

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  • Tracy
  • 02-01-2011

City of Bones

A really easy listen and very enjoyable. Aimed at young adults (not too young as some of the issues might take some explaining)but no less thrilling for it. I'm off to download book two right now!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Robyn
  • 01-06-2011

typical fantasy

A little predictable - some recogniseable themes...... Didn't like narrator's voice at all, and in some places I couldn't tell which character she was trying to be, but did get used to it after a few hours.

I'm a "mature" listener, but can't resist fantasy (loved the Twighlight series and A Discovery of Witches). Have just found I had to download book 2 in the series, despite myself.....so that must say something. It's hardly breaking new ground, or particularly well written (lots of cliches used), however it's typical escapist fantasy, and will help to pass a few hours on the train (or ironing!) pleasantly.

23 of 25 people found this review helpful

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  • Leslie
  • 14-06-2010

Excellent Fantasy

I was looking for another saga based in a fantasy world that had a good mix of a story to tell but with intricate and complex relationships. With some similarities with series like Twilight and Wicked Lovely, this one has its own imaginative tale that weaves a story of magic and dark fantasy with the everyday feelings and emotions in the relationships of it's characters. Right to the very end it leaves you trying to guess what will happen, not only with the central plot but also between its two main characters Clary and Jace. I won't spoil that ending for you but it leaves you hungry for the next in the series...come on Audible don't keep us waiting City of Ashes PLEASE...

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Barry C
  • 07-04-2013

A story world I am growing to love

The story follows the adventures of Clary Fray, who, while going about her average life stumbles into another world layered over our own mundane world. A world of demons and the demon infected, a world of angels and their partly human offspring; The Nephilim also known as The Shadow Hunters. Clary finds herself drawn to this darker world as events unfold she finds hidden truths about herself and her past that she'd never imagined. A fresh and engaging series that I'm really enjoying and would recommend it. I enjoy these supernatural, young adult series that are so popular theses days, but frankly many of them lack any 'real beef' to back up their characterisation, or plots, this book isn't one of them. The Mortal Instruments series is well written, it draws you into a world a world you wish to dwell a little longer in. As a stand alone title, it's worth a read, as part of a series it's a definite must read. The way the books are written each one complements the other, things written in one book blossom in another, trust me, once you've finished City of Bones you'll be itching to reach for City of Ashes.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Nadia
  • 03-07-2010

Beware all demons

Clary believes she is an ordinary girl until she witnesses a murder no one else can see, by teenagers invisible to everyone but her. She is drawn into the dark, mysterious world of the Shadowhunters, an organisation dedicated to protecting humans from demon kind, and in particular to Jace. I received this book as a Christmas present last year, and fell instantly in love with it. The characters are some of the most life-like I've ever come across. Jace, in particular is a fascinating character and ranks among my favourite heros. I defy anyone not to be charmed by him, no matter their age. The descriptive detail is just perfect. The story is original and gripping, with just the right amount of humour, sadness, romance and action, and the narration is spot on. This book begins what has quickly become one of my favourite series of all time.

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  • p e seward
  • 11-07-2014

Fantastic story

Would you listen to City of Bones again? Why?

Yes this book had me interested the whole time I was listening, it made me want to plug my phones in and have another session

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the simplicity of the character base, there was just enough without getting to complex. Also the storyline was flowing and interesting throughout

Have you listened to any of Ari Graynor’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have never heard any other Ari Graynors performances but this one is done very well, keeping you interested

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There was no particular moment as the book as a whole was good enough to move me

Any additional comments?

Would highly recommend this read, easily able to reconnect with the story after having a break for a day or so.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Miss
  • 25-09-2013

If you liked Twilight you will love this!

Would you listen to City of Bones again? Why?

Brilliant book about Angels and Demons a must read.

What other book might you compare City of Bones to, and why?

I would say this was similar to twilight.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I couldn't stop listening!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-04-2013

brilliant, had me hooked!

I'd heard the books were good, so i decided to go for the audiobook. Casandra Clares writing style is amazingly descriptive which was so nice in an audiobook and Ari Graynors narration really brought the characters to life, definatley would recomend listening to this series

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Ali
  • 21-07-2017

Good story bad narrator

I stuck with this audiobook because the story interested me but I found the narrative hard to listen to. She got better as the story went on but in some places I couldn't tell which character she was supposed to be. I've downloaded the second audio book on the series though because it is read by a different narrator so hopefully will give the story the narrative that it needs. The story in general is worth sticking with and I look forward to seeing where these books go.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful