Dimensions: 496 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 1.57 in
Published: March 27, 2007
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1416914285
ISBN - 13: 9781416914280
About the Book
In New York, 15-year-old Clary Fray doesn't expect to witness a murder--much less one committed by three teenagers covered with odd markings and brandishing bizarre weapons. Exotic and gritty, this book begins a new fantasy series about demons and a secret tribe of warriors called the Shadowhunters.
Read from the Book
One PANDEMONIUM "You''ve got to be kidding me," the bouncer said, folding his arms across his massive chest. He stared down at the boy in the red zip-up jacket and shook his shaved head. "You can''t bring that thing in here." The fifty or so teenagers in line outside the Pandemonium Club leaned forward to eavesdrop. It was a long wait to get into the all-ages club, especially on a Sunday, and not much generally happened in line. The bouncers were fierce and would come down instantly on anyone who looked like they were going to start trouble. Fifteen-year-old Clary Fray, standing in line with her best friend, Simon, leaned forward along with everyone else, hoping for some excitement. "Aw, come on." The kid hoisted the thing up over his head. It looked like a wooden beam, pointed at one end. "It''s part of my costume." The bouncer raised an eyebrow. "Which is what?" The boy grinned. He was normal-enough-looking, Clary thought, for Pandemonium. He had electric blue dyed hair that stuck up around his head like the tendrils of a startled octopus, but no elaborate facial tattoos or big metal bars through his ears or lips. "I''m a vampire hunter." He pushed down on the wooden thing. It bent as easily as a blade of grass bending sideways. "It''s fake. Foam rubber. See?" The boy''s wide eyes were way too bright a green, Clary noticed: the color of antifreeze, spring grass. Colored contact lenses, probably. The bouncer shrugged, abruptly bored. "Whatever. Go on in." The boy slid past h
From the Publisher
Don't miss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, now a
major motion picture. Discover this first installment of the
internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and "prepare
to be hooked" (Entertainment Weekly).
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...
Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra
Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild
ride that they will never want to end.
About the Author
Cassandra Clare was born in Teheran, Iran and spent much of her childhood travelling the world with her family. After college, Cassie lived in Los Angeles and New York where she worked at various entertainment magazines. Cassie started working on The Mortal Instruments series in 2004. City of Bones, A New York Times Bestseller, is the first book in the series and received numerous awards including: Finalist for the Locus Award for Best First Novel of 2007, An American Library Association Teens Top Ten Award winner, 2008, Winner of The 2010 Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award, and Winner of the 2010 Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice Award. She has gone on to write several more books in The Mortal Instruments series as well as its companion series The Infernal Devices. She is also the author of Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd.
From the Author
Junior Booklover Member Braden Lunn’s e-interview with Cassandra Clare author of City of Bones Q: While writing City of Bones , did you have a master plan for the series that you followed, or did you just focus in on the first book, leaving the plots of the other books for later? A: . I had planned out all three books before I started writing the first one. In fact, I had some difficulty figuring out where to break the narrative up to figure out which was book one, which was book two, and so on! Writing a series is like a journey and for me it’s important to know where the journey starts and also where it ends. Q: City of Bones is your first novel. In the past, you have written short stories. Which do you find the most challenging to write and which do you prefer to write? A: People are often surprised to hear this, but I find writing short stories more difficult and challenging than writing novels. Short stories are all about an economy of words. You have much less space to tell your story in short fiction, so you have to be incredibly careful about choice of words and how you establish your characters. It’s like having a tiny little canvas to paint your picture on instead of a big sweeping one. But when short stories work, they’re like little powerhouses. Still, I prefer writing novels overall because I get to spend more time with the characters that way. Q: What was the hardest part of publishing this novel? A: Getting published is always difficult. It’s hard just getting
"City of Bones has everything: vampires, werewolves, faeries, true
love, and stuff that blows up. What''s more, Clare''s characters
are brilliant -- she better not kill any of them off in the next
two volumes!" -- Justine Larbalestier, author of Magic or