I discovered this book in middle school and it had me hooked within the first few chapters.
What got me interested was the hidden world. Regular people went about their regular lives with no knowledge of what was going on behind the scenes.
Truth is, there’s demons and monsters, angels, vampires, and who knows what else hidden right in front of our eyes.
That little bit of mystery and magic is one of the things that will get me interested in a lot of books.
I ended up reading the entire series, and unfortunately I would say this is the worst book in the original trilogy. That’s not saying it is bad though! I still think it is a solid fantasy/romance novel.
The strongest part of this book for me was the character development. We follow about a half dozen teenagers and their adventures when Clary discovers the Shadowhunter world.
Each of the five main characters is distinctly different from each other, and each offer such different characteristics.
Jace, Alec, and Izzy are all a part of the Shadowhunter world. Jace is a confident, kind, all-star. Izzy is strong, independent, and fierce. Alec is quiet, smart, and loyal.
All three of them are so different, but they bounce off each other so well. This was my favorite aspect of the whole series.
Even the other characters that are introduced are all so unique and all so well written. I did a re-read a few years ago and I was still fascinated by the characters.
We see each character go through some serious stuff within this book alone, and the ways they react, the ways they cope with it, and the ways they interact with others differently afterwards are, in my opinion, amazing.
There are only a handful of books that I can think of that the characters stand out as so completely different like this, and most of them have a few hundred extra pages a City of Bones.
Other than the characters, we get a bit of mystery, drama, romance and action.
They all fit together nicely to help tell this world’s story to Clary, who is discovering it for the first time.
It uses one of the more simple fantasy-world explanations — teaching everything there is to know to a person who has no experience in the world — but it is done well.
It’s a common form of story telling, but to me it is one of the most effective and timeless ways to introduce a new world to readers.