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
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
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.
“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!
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?