Review: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare || Where the action, adventure and the romance had me swooning

Title: City of Bones (March 27th, 2007), City of Ashes (July 7th, 2008), City of Glass (July 6th, 2009), City of Fallen Angels (April 5th, 2011), City of Lost Souls (September 6th, 2012 ) and City of Heavenly Fire (May 28th, 2014)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

City of Bones: 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…

City of Ashes: Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

City of Glass: To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

City of Fallen Angels: The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

City of Lost Souls: Jace is now a servant of evil, bound for all eternity to Sebastian. Only a small band of Shadowhunters believe he can be saved. To do this they must defy the Clave. And they must act without Clary. For Clary is playing a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. Clary is willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?

City of Heavenly Fire: Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last instalment of the internationally bestselling The Mortal Instruments series.

Erchomai, Sebastian had said. I am coming.

Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat him – must they journey to another world to find the chance?

Sooo, The Mortal Instruments series is my the most favourite series ever! I freaking love every tiny bit of this series and I adore the characters to death. You can read my review of the prequel series to TMI: The Infernal Devices, here.

I have read this series twice and my feelings differed a lot (in a good way!) the second time I read it. I’m glad I read it again because I saw a lot of things from different perspective. Anyway, let’s proceed towards the review, shall we?

When Clary begins to see strange things, she is sure something is wrong with her but when her mother gets kidnapped, her whole world crumbles down and she is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters. Her world turns upside down when she learns her true identity but when she is forced to choose between her own family, Clary will be forced to make the ultimate sacrifice.

*There will be spoilers, mundanes. Proceed at your own risk!*

The plot of this series was quite fascinating. So many freaking things went down in each and every book which manage to keep me on my toes throughout the entire series. I was especially a fan of the action and I loved how all of the action sequences were executed. The two wars that happened, one in book 3 and the other in the last and final book were pretty intriguing. I enjoyed the execution of the war in Idris more than the final fight that took place in City of Heavenly Fire but they were both done pretty well. The unpredictable twists and turns made the book more engaging and I loved how they managed to surprise me each and every time!

“The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he’d learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.”

Now, can we talk about the characters!! They were well fleshed out and I loved the character development throughout the entire series. One of the things that I loved the most about him was his humour which was blatantly arrogant sometimes but Jace is Jace. His past broke my heart but he survived that and became a man he wanted to be. Nobody can replace him. I loved Clary from the very beginning. She listened to her heart and had the capacity to fight her own battles, she definitely was reckless many, many times but that emerged out of the love she felt towards the people she cared about the most. I shipped Clace from book 1 and when the brother-sister story line came out, I was shocked as hell, I definitely did not see that coming but I never stopped shipping them. (Did any of us really?) I loved the romance between them and the chemistry between them were undeniable, especially in book 3!!

“And now I’m looking at you,” he said, “and you’re asking me if I still want you, as if I could stop loving you. As if I would want to give up the thing that makes me stronger than anything else ever has. I never dared give much of myself to anyone before – bits of myself to the Lightwoods, to Isabelle and Alec, but it took years to do it – but, Clary, since the first time I saw you, I have belonged to you completely. I still do. If you want me.”

One of the thing that I love-hate about the Shadowhunters show is how they are portraying the relationship between Simon and Clary. In the book, Clary was never 100% into the relationship, she kinda felt it was her duty to try but in the show, she feels too happy in the relationship and seeing Jace’s face is breaking my heart. But no more about the show, though I hope Clace comes back soooon! So, the first time I read this series, I didn’t really like Simon, I felt like he was always forcefully being the 3rd wheel but the 2nd time made me realise that he was just a guy in love with his best friend and there was nothing wrong with that. The way, he was always there for Clary and how he stood up for her no matter what, I loved their friendship. I fell in love with him. In fact, Simon is the exact kind of guy I would looove to date in real life!

Izzy was definitely one of my favourite female in this series. She was simply so awesome and strong but she barely showed her vulnerable side to anyone. So, Simon’s relationship with Izzy was a surprise for me. They are two people who are completely opposite yet they were the ones able to understand each other completely! They were perfect for each other (and I can’t for Sizzy to happen in the show!!)

Now, can we talk about my favourite character in the entire freaking universe! If you’re thinking Magnus, then my friend, you are absolutely right! Magnus is everything! That guy is always ready to help his friends, despite losing so many people in his life, he never backs away from anything. I mean, even if there is only Magnus in the books, I would absolutely gobble it up! And Harry Shum Jr. nailed his character perfectly!! I have never been so satisfied with a casting before, it was like the role of Magnus was made for him! Anyway, his relationship with Alec is goals! Alec was one of the kickass Shadowhunter ever but he was always uptight and only a few close to him knew the real Alec. Magnus was the first who was someone outside their circle who broke down his wall. I absolutely loooove them together!

“L’amor che move il sole e l’altre stelle.
“It means that love is the most powerful force in the world. That love can do anything.”

Annnnd now the villains! Valentine and Sebastian Morgenstern were completely different from each other. Whereas Valentine used his brains, Sebastian was keener on the physical power. Valentine was definitely evil, I loathed him so much on how he manipulated everybody. Sebastian was no saint, I equally hated him, maybe a bit more and they both deserved the fate they got in the end. The other minor characters played an equally important role, especially Luke, he was the best father figure to Clary.

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“Heroes aren’t always the ones who win,” she said. “They’re the ones who lose, sometimes. But they keep fighting, they keep coming back. They don’t give up. That’s what makes them heroes.”

Overall, The Mortal Instruments were a fantastic read! I loved how the plot was executed and I fell in love with the characters. And I was so glad, that in the end, all my ships sailed! Though things did get way out of hand… Anyway, the writing was beautiful and easy to read and it was fast paced throughout the entire series though some parts definitely felt a little draggy but the pace picked up soon enough. More Shadowhunters review coming soon!

Recommend it?


So guys, what are your thoughts on this series? And, how many of you are continuing with the tv-series as well? What are your thoughts on the recent episode?

23 thoughts on “Review: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare || Where the action, adventure and the romance had me swooning

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  5. Im so glad I get to read through this post cause I also find fantastic the trilogy of the Mortal Instruments however Im stil in book 4 I have to finish it already. I would like to know what is your idea about the tv adaptation, the movie?

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    • I hope you enjoy reading the rest of the books in this series! 🙂
      The movie was okay, as much as I was happy with the casting of Lily Collins as Clary in the movie, I wasn’t much happy with the rest of the cast and well, I’m enjoying the tv show, Shadowhunters so far, season 1 was somewhat meh, but season 2 has shown quite a lot of improvement and I hope that keeps coming!


      • I waa not aware they already had a tv show about thr book as well.I think I will search for it and have a look.I also loved the casting for Lily Collins and the actor who did Simon but the rest of the actors were lacking something in particular…

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      • The tv show is called Shadowhunters, you should definitely check it out! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it!

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  6. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought I wrote this! haha I’m 100% with on this!

    Especially Simon! It took me a long time to like him. His character was so cliche to me in the first two books–I detest the unrequited BFF in love with trope. And I think that ruined my love of Clary a bit too because she does decide to date him even when her heart isn’t totally into it. To me, he has some of the strongest character growth in the series. And him an Izzy? Talk about a long time coming! I adore those two together!

    I really should reread this series. I bought myself the new paperback editions for Christmas but I don’t want to take them out of the plastic wrap and ruin them 😛

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    • I’m sooo glad. ❤
      Yeah, I didn't like her decision as well, in fact, that was the only thing I didn't like about her. And I totally agree, Simon emerged as one of my absolute favourite character in the end.
      Me too! Sizzy all the way!

      I looove that edition, I hope I can buy that edition in the future as well.

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  8. While I do love the series, I felt that it was drawn out a bit at the end you know? Like you can tell that it was supposed to be a trilogy at first. But other than that I do really like Clare’s worldbuilding.
    I never liked Simon :/ I agree that there’s nothing wrong with being in love with your best friend. But I didn’t like that he got all moody because Clary fell for Jace after watching Simon constantly swoon over Izzy. Trying to make her jealous is not the way to get her attention.
    I’m behind on the current season of Shadowhunters though! The acting has gotten so much better since the first season and I’m excited to see how much they deviate from the books lol

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    • I do understand your point but I was kinda glad it didn’t stop there because I wanted more and my wish was fulfilled. 😀
      Yes, but the second time I read it, everything about him felt more realistic and I adored him.
      I totally agree with you on that though they didn’t give me my favourite fight in Idris, I hope everything with Sebastian goes down devastatingly well!

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    • Thanks, Raven! ❤
      I hope you do, this series is really close to my heart.
      Well, about tv adaptation, the first season was somewhat okay, expect Magnus, I tell you, that guy is perfection! Anyway, season 2 is much better though it has diverted a lot from the book in terms of some of the execution but I'm enjoying it so far.

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  9. It’s definitely one of my “the most favorite series” too Poulami! Righ alongside her other series and Sarah J maas. They are my favorite fantasy authors. I did not like the TV show at all nor the movie. The only movies that did the books justice were the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series for me. 😉

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    • Oh, I definitely agree with you there, it’s my favourite too! 🙂
      Although Shadowhunters season 2B is kinda better and I feel like there’s room for more improvement, so I am giving the series a chance.
      And about the adaptations, I can’t agree more. Though the HP series did leave out a lot of things that were in the books but it still is one of the best adaptations ever!


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