Cover via Amazon
As I mentioned in the previous post, I’ve been reading a lot lately. I found a bunch of reading challenges, and I’m determined to do all of them. And if I finish, then to just keep reading as much as I can.
Two of the books that were on my list to read were by the same author, Cassandra Clare. I saw the two books and though, “Oh, great. If I hate them, I’m stuck going through two of them!!” But then I decided to just suck it up and read them.
And wow, did I love them. Two days later, I’d read through all six books. Two days!!
Cover of City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments)
So far, there are six books in the two series. Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince are the two books in the Infernal Devices trilogy, with Clockwork Princess coming out in December. In the Mortal Instruments, there is City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, and City of Fallen Angels. City of Lost Souls will be out May 8th (thankfully, it’s soon!!) and City of Heavenly Fire will be out in March 2014 (really sucks that it’s like two years!!). There will soon be another series, The Dark Artifices, coming out soon.
Both series are related – they’re both about a group of people, called Shadowhunters, who essentially police the world we don’t see, full of demons and werewolves and vampire and faeries that live all around us, and destroy demons who threaten our existence. The Infernal Devices are set in Victorian London, while the Mortal Instruments are set in present-day Manhattan. The Dark Artifices will be set in present-day Los Angeles.
That may sound a little out there, but honestly, they are incredible books.
The characters are some of the best I’ve come across in a while, and I find myself thirsting for more stories of the happenings in their lives.
I like the Mortal instruments better, if for no other reason than I love Jace. LOVE HIM. He is witty, sarcastic, daring, adventurous, conceited, loyal, protective, and caring. He always has a quick comeback, even when he’s in terrible danger. He’s the one who always has a plan, no matter what the situation. I heart him so hard, it’s not even funny.
Simon is another character I’m a huge fan of. His humour is fantastic, and often plays off Jace’s remarks. His quick acceptance of things, his comparisons to DND, his quirky questions, and his ability to help out the gifted and trained Shadowhunters makes him one of my favourites.
I like Clary too. I think what I like best about her is her loyalty and devotion to those she loves. The lengths she goes to for Simon, her mom, and Jace are pretty incredible. I mean, I love my best friend, but would I go into a vampire lair to save them?? I’m not so sure.
Magnus Bane is also incredibly entertaining. He’s in all the books so far, and I love reading about him. His penchant for rainbow coloured clothing is amazing. I do hope he’ll be in the rest of the books, and maybe even in the new series!!
I think that part of the reasons I love these books so much is the simple fact that Clary is a regular, everyday girl, until the day she accidentally stumbles across the three Shadownhunters: Jace, Alec, and Isabelle. And suddenly, she’s involved in a world that she should have belonged in but had no idea existed. I mean, who doesn’t wish that it turned out that really, their life is supposed to be much more interesting and exiting that it is?? I think the answer is no one. Secretly, everyone wishes it.
I also love the idea that all this is happening around us, but we can’t see it. It would explain a lot of things, don’t you think??
The Infernal Devices are also pretty good. They’re set in Victorian London, but honestly, sometimes I’ll be reading it and forget they’re supposed to be in the past until they mention something, like having to use candles. The characters in this one are also pretty appealing.
Will Herondale is pretty freaking awesome, and I don’t care who it hurts or how it happens, but I really hope he gets the girl. Jem is pretty good, but I’d push him aside for Will any day. Tessa is pretty cool too. Henry and Magnus are the two spots of comic relief in this one, although Will is pretty good at being entertaining as well.
You should all check out her books!! I promise, they’re addicting. She’s also got some extras on her site, so after you’re done reading, head on over and take a look.
You won’t regret it. I promise!!