City of Bones by Cassandra ClareCity of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones

byCassandra Clare

Paperback | September 1, 2015

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Discover the world of the Shadowhunters in the first installment of the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly)—now with a gorgeous new cover, a map, a new foreword, and exclusive bonus content! City of Bones is a Shadowhunters novel.

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. And she’s more than a little startled when the body disappears into thin air. Soon Clary is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world and back to their own. And Clary is introduced with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque monster. How could a mere human survive such an attack and kill a demon? The Shadowhunters would like to know…
Cassandra Clare was born on July 27, 1973, in Teheran, Iran, and spent much of her childhood travelling the world with her family. Her real name is Judith Rumelt, and Cassandra Clare is her pen name. After college, she lived in Los Angeles and New York where she worked at various entertainment magazines. She started working on The Mort...
Title:City of BonesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.5 inPublished:September 1, 2015Publisher:Margaret K. McElderry BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1481455923

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Watched the TV/Netflix Series NOW reading the Bookings I started to watch the TV Series before reading the books now that I'm reading the books I'm learning more about the characters and fill in the pieces that weren't in the TV show. This a Must read
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun book It's very exciting to read, even if some chapters are SUPER long. I liked the suspense and action, though Jace did irk me a lot. Excited to see what the series holds though! :)
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! I have read this book so many times and yet it never gets boring! I loved this entire series and I quickly finished each book because I couldn't wait to find out what happened! The characters are simply amazing and I always found myself relating to the characters so much! This is a must read.
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! These books are so great! Great romance and friendships! The suspense is amazing! I finished this book so quickly! It is a must read! I love all the characters and how they all connect with each other!
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I love this book! I finished it so fast, I could never put it down! Love all the characters and the suspense!
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Literally couldn't put this book down! I loved reading about the magical world of Shadowhunters! Easy to read as well!
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!!!!! One of my all time favourite books and series. So much nostalgia. I read them when I was 16-18 :)
Date published: 2018-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprising Everyone kept pushing me to read this book, selling it a Twilight-type of YA book. Honestly, I love the whole concept of Shadowhunters and loved the characters, as frustrating as they may be sometimes. I would definitely not define it as a Twilight-type book, which is, in my opinion, a good thing.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lost Potential City of Bones by Cassandra Clare has an amazing concept and the world of Shadowhunters is truly unique. However, in my opinion the underlying theme of romanticizing incest throughout the entire series can make a reader a little uncomfortable.
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun teen read Let me preface this by saying that the writing is not very good. It's not terrible, but it's cheesy and cliche and could use some work. On the other hand, the book is fun. The premise is interesting, the lore is well thought-out, and I came to love the characters, as frustrating and annoying as they can be at times. If you like YA fantasy, give this series a read! It's absolutely worth it.
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ATTENTION ALL SHADOWHUNTERS: WHERE THE HECK DO I SIGN UP? I have another book boyfriend. Okay, okay. A girl can dream about Jace. (wahhh, did I actually just say that?) “I've got a stele we can use. Who wants to do me?" (Jace) "A regrettable choice of words," muttered Magnus.” Me: *slowly raises hand* Alright, so here's the deal. I know I am super late to this bandwagon, but HOLY hot ham am I ever glad that I jumped on. This is such a methodically plotted series that is jammed packed with every supernatural thing you could possibly think of: vampires, fairies, warlocks, demons, werewolves etc. Do I find myself at times annoyed with Clary? Yes. But then I remember that this bada** red head is only 16! She almost makes me, dare I say, want to dye my hair red again. But feeling nostalgic is never a good thing because back in grade 12 when I actually did dye my hair red, that little box of L'Oreal ruined my life. OK, I am being dramatic! I have since recovered and have grown my hair back to its natural colour. However, I never outgrew the nickname "Rocket". That being said, Ms. Clare definitely knows how to set an atmospheric mood to her books and there is also never a dull moment in the Shadowhunting world. I mean, that friggin' plot twist in book 1...
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I read this a few months ago and enjoyed it! If you like stories where modern day mixes with a fantasy world, I recommend this book to you.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meh The characters (especially Jace and Clary) are annoying as is the romance. Other characters are bland and uninteresting. The writing is not very good.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put down Loved this book! I read it in one day it was so consuming. I have friends who after between book 2 and 3 left the series due to a certain detail you will find if you read this book, however it has a major twist and is so good so dont let anything stop you from finishing this series
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I just started watching the TV show and thought I would give the books a try. I am really glad that I did, I love a good urban fantasy, and can not believe that I have not come across these books. This book is so freaking good and really action pack.
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cover is AMAZING! First of all, the cover is absolutely beautiful. It’s even more beautiful if you buy the whole series and put them side by side, to look at the amazing spine!!! And second of all, one of the best series I have ever read!
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I have ever read. I wanted to read the books after watching the tv show shadow hunters. I must say for someone who doesn't read much because they get really distracted I haven't put the book down
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could Read Over and Over Cassandra Clare's books are some of my favourite novels and series that I have ever read. She makes me love the characters so much that I become completely attached to them and on the fence with what will happen next. I do not think I can explain my love for this series/book in words so just read it. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I bought this a month ago and I'm so glad I did! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from IN LOVE WITH THE ENTIRE SERIES! I'm currently rereading the series to prepare for her newest book to come out in December! I'm so excited for all the other books coming out soon!
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from excited for the next It has been a while since I have been able to jump into a nice long series, Really enjoyed the first book, excited for the next!
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The reason why I love this genre so much This book will have you laughing, and turning every page, not wanting to put it down. I cannot tell you how fast I read this. I love the world of the Shadowhunters,and the dialogue is full of sentiment, but also humor. The whole series is amazing! (Trust me. If you finish the first book you will definitely want to finish the series.)
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME!!! I love these series by Cassandra Clare. All the characters are given such amazing rolls and personalities.
Date published: 2018-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this! I truly love this series, as it may appear as a fluffy YA novel to beging, but what sets it apart is the focus on family. Clary's responses to many things are believable, and Simon's worry about his mother was amazing to see. I made many of my friends and family members read this, and they all loved it, all ages and genders. No joke.9/10!
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from pretty good followed some average plot details but overall good read.
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing The first book of hopefully many in this series! Such a great read.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing YA Novel! In my opinion, this kind of a book is what the YA genre is about. This book will have you laughing, and devouring every page with fervor. I cannot tell you how fast I read this, I literally could not put it down. I love the world of the Shadowhunters, but I think my favourite part of Cassandra Clare's writing is the dialogue. I highly recommend this novel especially, but the whole series is amazing! (and trust me. If you finish the book you will definitely want to finish the series.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! At first, I was not that into the series and did not plan on continuing it, but now I am glad that I did! The entire universe is amazing and this is a great intro.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great and imaginative Was a great book! Couldn't put it down. It's an interesting and fresh take on fantasy
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I absolutely loved this! The characters are developed well, the personalities are fantastic, and the story line is creative! This series is my favourite series and I always recommend it to my friends! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I loved this book! It took a little while for me to get into it, but once you get past that it I should absolutely amazing.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! My friend recommended this book to me and I've heard good things about it in general. This book has so many twists and turns that it always kept you on your toes.
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book It was an interesting book, but a it takes a while to fully emerge. Once you get near the end and onto the next few books however, you'll be hooked. The Shadowhunter world is absolutely addicting.
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it I love all the series from Cassandra Clare. Couldn't put it down
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I have the whole series at home, both the Mortal Instruments and the Infernal Devices. These books will not disappoint. They're fastpaced and have amazing character development and world building. These are a must-read for anyone even if you wouldn't normally read anything supernatural. Definitely worth it!
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it! An excellent start to an excellent series. Takes a little while to get into, but truuussstttt me its worth it for the later books. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! One of my favourite series. The introduction to such an interesting and well-developed world!
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from eh it was okay I guess, I liked the second one a lot more
Date published: 2018-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't put it down! A mix of every fantasy/science fiction stories I've ever loved.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My Current Favourite Series I just started reading this series in December and I'm loving it. The first book took me a bit to get into but once I started I haven't been able to stop! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great My second favourite of the series! Great writing!
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD I was addicted to this series
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always Yes. This is one of my favourite books! So much fun and love for series! (Ps don't watch the movie, and if you have, the book is 100000000 times better)
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it better than the movie and the tv show
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from yes I bought this book and loved every bit of this
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book I read this book a few days before the movie first came out and expected for it to take a while for me to read. It didn't take long though because I absolutely loved the book.
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh First of all, when I had about 30 pages left to the book, I could not go on! I tried. I really tried. But I could not go on without knowing the truth about Clary and Jace. So I went on Wikipedia and looked it up. So now I know and I was able to finish the book. While I was doing that I also discovered that Simon becomes a bigger character in the following books, which I find very disappointing. I found him very annoying. Someone I wouldn't even want to be friends with, let alone date. I really don't blame Clary for never thinking of him that way. Thank goodness. But now I also know how long it takes for things to happen and now I don't really have much interest in reading the next book. I was enjoying this enough that I ordered the second one from my library before I finished it, so now its on the way so I will probably read it anyway.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Loved the characters, the immense detail, and the overall concept of half-angel warriors called Shadowhunters. Would recommend the entire series!
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book was amazing! This whole series is absolutely incredible and i would highly recommend it. The characters are very well written and the storyline is extremely intriguing and unique.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I started reading this serie when I was 12 and it is still very close to my heart. highly recommend
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Popularity did not follow through Thought I would give the series a try and struggled to finish the first book. Don't think it lives up to the hype.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my all time favourite series I have loved this series since high school and still find myself picking it up. The world building and the characters are so engaging, it's hard to put the series down!
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Read! Amazing Characters and Storyline. I definatly reccomend this one
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing YA book for teens and adults! I read this book for the first time when I was in high school, and I've reread it many times since and it is always so entertaining! Definitely stands the test of time. Very funny, with extremely likeable characters. Of course, the fantasy element sets it apart as well. This new edition is amazing, I love the floppy paperback and the new gorgeous spines!
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite series! Loved this book. Was given to me by a friend and fell in love so much that I bought the entire series. Love the fantasy and the world that Clare created. Great plot and characters!
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It The concept of the book is incredible and it has some really good action in it.
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting I was very excited to read this book - of course I read the book before the movie and the movie was a disappointment but really enjoyed the book - great start to the series! can't wait to keep reading!
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool idea I like the idea of the book and literally finished it in 1 sitting.
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good start Good start to the series. I like the characters and the storyline.
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this Couldn't put it down! #Plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from City of Bones Good book. Fun and easy read. Interesting plot lines and relationships
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this! I loved all of these books! Quick easy read and I enjoyed them so much I got this one for my sister to enjoy.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOOVEEE This series is amazing it keep you hooked until the end. You really get to know andlove the caracters. It is a must read !!
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Loved It Started reading it a few years ago and never got around to finishing the book. Started watching the show and I absolutely loved that I had to get the books to read. Read this book within 3 days. Wasn't able to put it down.
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! Super interesting #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Couldn't put this down, I was addicted. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great series! This is one of my favourite book series. I've read it about 4 times now. It will have you hooked!
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite series! This series is an instant hook. I started reading the Mortal Instruments series eight years ago and I am still looking forward to Cassandra Clare's works of art. For any Hunger Games fans, Divergent fans, Uglies fans, or any fans of supernatural/dystopian YA books it is one of the best series out there. #plumrewards
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book has got e hooked! I have sleep deprivation for staying up and reading
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I'm hooked!!! The first Mortal Instruments book will have you totally hooked!! I actually watched the movie first, and while I didn't love it, I knew the book would be better. I'm so happy I decided to read it. The characters are all so diverse and interesting, and you're really left hanging at the end - you'll need the next one immediately.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This book keeps you reading. I read the entire series very fast because I didn't want to put the books down. There was never a moment when I was bored!
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic with uniqueness Initially saw the movie, had to read the books. As always the book was way better. Love the story line and its characters.
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Series Alert! You come for the mystery You stay for the characters
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My sister loved it BUT I have yet to read it She gives it 5 stars Maybe i will too
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than I thought! So this book was WAY better than I had expected it to be. I got really into this story and found it very enjoyable. Can't wait to get to the next in the series now :)
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the hype! I bought this book at the beginning of the summer and I could not put it down. I was so crazy about it I ended up finishing all of Cassandra Clare's books by the end of the summer, I wish they had done a better job on the movie and tv show though.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best honestly loved every single thing about this book
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from There are no words...... Absolutely loveeeee this series its all ive been reading since high school and the books just keep on coming. really happy to be able to grow into an adult wit these books and once my son becomes of age i will be sure to shove these in his face :P
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Super cool ideas and concept, it was a great book! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I am an adult who never enjoyed reading until this book...series... anything Cassandra Clare... came along. I can't get enough of all of the characters and I love how all the different series are tied together. If you have many hours to read read off the the books and series you won't be able to put them down
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I can't get enough I can't even express how obsessed I am with this series of books. I'm reading each one right after the next. It's an addiction and I'm going to be sad when I'm done.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great An excellent beginning to an excellent series. If you liked the Harry Potter series you may like this series!
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique Story I loved how unique the story was, it had great characters (my favorite is Magnus) and an interesting plot. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorites Loved this book. Has a great story.
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING This book is one of my absolute favourites. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Creative This series is definitely unique and has a great plotline and characters! It should have ended after the third book though but I would still recommend
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicted! After watching the movie I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this series but I decided to give it a try.. IT'S INCREDIBLE. 2 weeks in and I am on book 4! I just cannot put it down. This is the kind of story that draws you in. You become attached to the characters and involved in their story.
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just... Alright Ignoring the issues involving plagiarism surrounding Clare and this series, this book is pretty disappointing considering it's the opening novel to a bestselling series. Sure, the world building is good, and there are a few characters that I absolutely love, but the main characters are just... meh. It gets a little tiring after awhile, hearing Clary state that Jace looks like an angel over and over, plus it's a little bit "on-the-nose", considering. Overall, though, I was expecting this book to be a lot worse than it was. Will I reread it? Most likely not, unless I run out of books to read in the future (which is highly unlikely). Did I hate it? Not at all, though this was probably helped by the fact that I listened to it in audiobook format and thus was only really able to pay attention to about three quarters of it. All I can say is, if the summary sounds like something you'd be interested in, you should definitely give it a shot! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Cassandra Claire is a genius!
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good Great begging to the series, really got me into it. Theres a lot of action which I enjoy. I cant wait to see where this series goes.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Story! I would recommend this series for any reader who loves action, plot twists, and constant surprises. The first three books were amazing, but it should have stayed a trilogy after reading the last books. Still a good read that I would suggest to my friends!
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Despite some characters getting annoying and the fact that I enjoyed the prequels more, this series is still well written, very well developed, follows a good plot, and creates a fantastically unique world.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Kind of Basic If you're right into supernatural YA, this book is for you. I found the plot a little predictable at times and I could do without the ever present love triangle, but overall it was good.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from looove! love all the characters and their development, looking forward to the next books!
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific Really enjoyed this plotline.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing One of the best fantasy books I have ever read!
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Abslutely wonderful Great book, definitely onna try finishing the whole series!
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from You'll love it or hate it Great parallel world with Shadowhunters, Demons, Warlocks… Some elements are ordinary in urban fantasies, but the depth of the characters and the world make up for that. I love this series, but I sometimes find it hard to read because of some troubling issues. If you start these books with an open mind and a positive view, you’ll like them. But if you try to find reasons not to like it, you’ll find plenty. So just be careful with how you approach the books. #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book and the series takes you into a whole new world. Definitely worth it.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You're going to be HOOKED Cassandra Clare takes you on a journey, ANOTHER WORLD. I enjoyed this book immensely.
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I read this a little while ago and love how unique and interesting it is. Definitely worth the read.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I bought this book without the intention of reading it, it just sat on my shelf and stared at me. One day, I finally sat down and started to read it. WOW!! What an amazing piece of literature! I was instantly hooked with the main character, Clary, and could totally relate to her journey. Not that I'm a shadowhunter :) There are so many interesting, and diverse characters. It will make you laugh, cry, and scream. City of Bones is an amazing read! (Malec is life!)
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This series is simply wonderful, full of magic and romance, not to be missed!
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All time favourite book I loved diving into a world of demons, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures while still getting a love story that defiently took turns that I did not expect. Props to the author for including a gay couple who has become my ship.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Jenifer Great series. Will read the other books
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't stop reading I loved this series so much! Loved the world and the characters
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Exciting I Loved this book, it was interesting, and creative. Cant wait to read the rest
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh It was very over hyped. Not nearly as good as promised
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! I really enjoyed reading this book. I love the world Clare created. The characters in the book were so real. It has many twists throughout the book (the one at end is the best). There is a lot of to take in the first few pages like Downwolders, Warlocks, Nephilim, Part-Angels, Demons and more. But after a few chapters you'll fall in love with them. This book is great for young adults who love fatansy/adventure/romace.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book! I read this series when it first came out, and loved it! found it so captivating, and creative. I felt while reading it, that you were part of that world. You get so invested in these characters lives as if they are your own friends and family. Claire wrote a novel that not only is creative to its very core but ropes you right inside of it! I am gladly reading it for a second time right now and would read again! Well worth the money paid for the novel!
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FIVE STARS I read this book and it is AWESOME, I loved the characters, plot, and it kept making me want to keep reading! Soooo GOOD.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Universe Establishment Clare introduces her audience to such a rich and varied universe. It plays off all the supernatural tropes but mixes them with a cutting sense of humour and witticism. A groundbreaking YA novel for the Queer community; this one is a treasure.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! City of Bones is now my all-time favorite book! Can't wait to start reading the other 5 in the series!
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this! Great book definitely a read again book!
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I read this book in a week and it was great. Can't wait to read the next one.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I have mixed feelings about this book. I found the story to be really interesting and fun to read, but I had one huge problem: the writing style. I just found the writing style to be quite cheesy and cringeworthy. It wasn't bad enough to stop me from finishing the story because I really did enjoy the book, but it was just something that bugged me continuously. I haven't read past the first book though, so maybe it's just something that I would have to get used to. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from City ofBones I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. The Shadowhunter world is so new and intriguing.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING It's so different and has a very unique story with many other sub-plots that are page-turning
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT This one was probably my favourite out of all of them... except the ending cause, just no!
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh Completely and utterly meh
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A definite must-read This is a great series! I've read them all. Its a wonderful mix of fantasy, sci-fi, romance and action.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love I could read this book over and over and not get tired !! Great book !!!
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Saw it before I read it After seeing the movie and then reading this book and others in the series, I'll glad that certain changes were made. Don't get me wrong, got hooked to the series and the author herself. Definitely different from other books I've read in this type of genre. It was a great read.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :) I picked this book up by chance years ago and now Clare is one of my favorite writers. This series is a great read for young or old.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I went into the book with absolutely zero background knowledge about the story, either way I was very happy with the outcome and became of my favourites
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An enjoyable read It wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be but it was still good, I'll be continuing the series and hope it picks up. There's definitely potential.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good This book had a slow start.
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read as a kid and plan to reread I read this whole series in middle school and even rereading it now its still great
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I had this book for a while before I actually read it. I didn't know if I'd like it or not. It turns out that I'd be hooked from the first couple of chapters. So unique and entertaining!
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's a "Whole New World" World Building: fantastic! /Characters: great! /Romance: great /Pace: good /Feels: a few /Able to put down: not really /Worth the read: yes its the start of a wonderful adventure
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked it I enjoyed this story. It was action packed and the world building was great.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book made me fall in love with Cassandra Clare. Love it!
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from :D Fantastic action packed, interesting book! A great read.
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love at the start of the book it was a bit hard to get into but as soon as i hit the middle i could not put it down
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic first book to an amazing series this book is great as are the others that follow. the show and movie do not compare to the detail and amazingness that these books depict
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Decent read I found this book really boring, and I didn't finish it. I might try to read it again though.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It is very easy to get lost in the world that Cassandra Clare has created.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read the book, much better than the movie This book is full of action, mystery, fun, with a little romance on the side. The characters are great and distinct. The description of this new world of angels and mortals is so vivid and imaginative. I was so happy to hear of a movie version but alas, it did not do the book justice. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very imaginative Great start to a series. Funny, action-packed and a great love story and so much teenage angst all in one.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love this book! Buying this book was one of the best book-related decisions I've made. It's funny, full of action and is extremely diverse. It's easy to follow, but is still interesting with supernatural elements, plot twists and romance. It's a great conversation starter, due to it being a very popular book totally recommend it.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Typical When I read this book, I was really into it. I was 'hooked'. However, when I finished it and reflected a bit, it just seemed a bit too typical. I would say the next bit has some vague spoilers, but I'm not even sure how vague they will be, given how played out the story is and how much is said on the book jacket. So warning, DON'T READ AHEAD IF YOU WANT ZERO HINTS OR SPOILERS Of course the girl is oh so 'special' and has powers she never knew of, and meets a hot guy along the way. As I said, the storyline is just played out, so unless this all sounds brand new to you, I would recommend reading a book that sounds less familiar, or better yet, not familiar at all.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it I got this book for Christmas and I enjoyed reading every page. Everytime you think Clary will get a break, some other demon or catastrophe gets in her way. It was a real page-turner. Can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Starter It has all the aspects of becoming a really great series, however none of them are exercised here to the fullest. There's definitely more development that needs to happen, and the teen drama starts to get boring and predictable after some time. If you can get past this one then the others in the series are much better.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great start! love the idea of this, but for a fantasy series i was expecting it to be a bit more fast paced. the series gets better though
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Start The first book is a bit hard to really get into, but it is definitely worth continuing the series. I would recommend reading the books before watching the show as they are more enjoyable, have less teen drama as they progress and make a lot more sense.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good start Good enough read for teen fiction. Action packed. Strong characters. Could use a little less teen drama. But a good read.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Book Great book however, I found it a little difficult to get into the series. Could be because I'm also watching the series as well.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Start This book got me hooked onto the entire Shadowhunter universe. This book is a little "young" in comparison to the rest of the series and books in this universe (but it's YA so I can't really complain about that.) The twist at the end was totally unexpected when I first cracked it open. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fell in love I fell in love with the author, the world, the characters, and the series after this first book
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Loved this series. Glad I picked it up
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED Great Series, really loved it! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever This series is very good with so many plot twists that keep you wanting more! I hope the author never stops writing books!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! The world of the Shadowhunters is one that I never wanted to leave!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put Them Down Loved this series, made me a fan of Cassandra Clare
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read the series at least five times now and it still hasn't gotten old!
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes Yes Yes Amazing book!!! Love this series so much!!!
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow start, but great series Slow book, but it is building the world for the rest of the series, if you get though this book, the series is amazing!
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from !!! it was AMAZING, one of my favs
Date published: 2017-02-15

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City of Bones 1PANDEMONIUM “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 tentacles 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 him, quick as an eel. Clary liked the lilt to his shoulders, the way he tossed his hair as he went. There was a word for him that her mother would have used—insouciant. “You thought he was cute,” said Simon, sounding resigned. “Didn’t you?” Clary dug her elbow into his ribs, but didn’t answer. Inside, the club was full of dry-ice smoke. Colored lights played over the dance floor, turning it into a multicolored fairyland of blues and acid greens, hot pinks and golds. The boy in the red jacket stroked the long razor-sharp blade in his hands, an idle smile playing over his lips. It had been so easy—a little bit of a glamour on the blade, to make it look harmless. Another glamour on his eyes, and the moment the bouncer had looked straight at him, he was in. Of course, he could probably have gotten by without all that trouble, but it was part of the fun—fooling the mundies, doing it all out in the open right in front of them, getting off on the blank looks on their sheeplike faces. Not that the humans didn’t have their uses. The boy’s green eyes scanned the dance floor, where slender limbs clad in scraps of silk and black leather appeared and disappeared inside the revolving columns of smoke as the mundies danced. Girls tossed their long hair, boys swung their leather-clad hips, and bare skin glittered with sweat. Vitality just poured off them, waves of energy that filled him with a drunken dizziness. His lip curled. They didn’t know how lucky they were. They didn’t know what it was like to eke out life in a dead world, where the sun hung limp in the sky like a burned cinder. Their lives burned as brightly as candle flames—and were as easy to snuff out. His hand tightened on the blade he carried, and he had begun to step out onto the dance floor when a girl broke away from the mass of dancers and began walking toward him. He stared at her. She was beautiful, for a human—long hair nearly the precise color of black ink, charcoaled eyes. Floor-length white gown, the kind women used to wear when this world was younger. Lace sleeves belled out around her slim arms. Around her neck was a thick silver chain, on which hung a dark red pendant the size of a baby’s fist. He only had to narrow his eyes to know that it was real—real and precious. His mouth started to water as she neared him. Vital energy pulsed from her like blood from an open wound. She smiled, passing him, beckoning with her eyes. He turned to follow her, tasting the phantom sizzle of her death on his lips. It was always easy. He could already feel the power of her evaporating life coursing through his veins like fire. Humans were so stupid. They had something so precious, and they barely safeguarded it at all. They threw away their lives for money, for packets of powder, for a stranger’s charming smile. The girl was a pale ghost retreating through the colored smoke. She reached the wall and turned, bunching her skirt up in her hands, lifting it as she grinned at him. Under the skirt, she was wearing thigh-high boots. He sauntered up to her, his skin prickling with her nearness. Up close she wasn’t so perfect: He could see the mascara smudged under her eyes, the sweat sticking her hair to her neck. He could smell her mortality, the sweet rot of corruption. Got you, he thought. A cool smile curled her lips. She moved to the side, and he could see that she was leaning against a closed door. NO ADMITTANCE—STORAGE was scrawled across it in red paint. She reached behind her for the knob, turned it, slid inside. He caught a glimpse of stacked boxes, tangled wiring. A storage room. He glanced behind him—no one was looking. So much the better if she wanted privacy. He slipped into the room after her, unaware that he was being followed. “So,” Simon said, “pretty good music, eh?” Clary didn’t reply. They were dancing, or what passed for it—a lot of swaying back and forth with occasional lunges toward the floor as if one of them had dropped a contact lens—in a space between a group of teenage boys in metallic corsets, and a young Asian couple who were making out passionately, their colored hair extensions tangled together like vines. A boy with a lip piercing and a teddy bear backpack was handing out free tablets of herbal ecstasy, his parachute pants flapping in the breeze from the wind machine. Clary wasn’t paying much attention to their immediate surroundings—her eyes were on the blue-haired boy who’d talked his way into the club. He was prowling through the crowd as if he were looking for something. There was something about the way he moved that reminded her of something . . . “I, for one,” Simon went on, “am enjoying myself immensely.” This seemed unlikely. Simon, as always, stuck out at the club like a sore thumb, in jeans and an old T-shirt that said MADE IN BROOKLYN across the front. His freshly scrubbed hair was dark brown instead of green or pink, and his glasses perched crookedly on the end of his nose. He looked less as if he were contemplating the powers of darkness and more as if he were on his way to chess club. “Mmm-hmm.” Clary knew perfectly well that he came to Pandemonium with her only because she liked it, that he thought it was boring. She wasn’t even sure why it was that she liked it—the clothes, the music made it like a dream, someone else’s life, not her boring real life at all. But she was always too shy to talk to anyone but Simon. The blue-haired boy was making his way off the dance floor. He looked a little lost, as if he hadn’t found whom he was looking for. Clary wondered what would happen if she went up and introduced herself, offered to show him around. Maybe he’d just stare at her. Or maybe he was shy too. Maybe he’d be grateful and pleased, and try not to show it, the way boys did—but she’d know. Maybe— The blue-haired boy straightened up suddenly, snapping to attention, like a hunting dog on point. Clary followed the line of his gaze, and saw the girl in the white dress. Oh, well, Clary thought, trying not to feel like a deflated party balloon. I guess that’s that. The girl was gorgeous, the kind of girl Clary would have liked to draw—tall and ribbon-slim, with a long spill of black hair. Even at this distance Clary could see the red pendant around her throat. It pulsed under the lights of the dance floor like a separate, disembodied heart. “I feel,” Simon went on, “that this evening DJ Bat is doing a singularly exceptional job. Don’t you agree?” Clary rolled her eyes and didn’t answer; Simon hated trance music. Her attention was on the girl in the white dress. Through the darkness, smoke, and artificial fog, her pale dress shone out like a beacon. No wonder the blue-haired boy was following her as if he were under a spell, too distracted to notice anything else around him—even the two dark shapes hard on his heels, weaving after him through the crowd. Clary slowed her dancing and stared. She could just make out that the shapes were boys, tall and wearing black clothes. She couldn’t have said how she knew that they were following the other boy, but she did. She could see it in the way they paced him, their careful watchfulness, the slinking grace of their movements. A small flower of apprehension began to open inside her chest. “Meanwhile,” Simon added, “I wanted to tell you that lately I’ve been cross-dressing. Also, I’m sleeping with your mom. I thought you should know.” The girl had reached the wall, and was opening a door marked NO ADMITTANCE. She beckoned the blue-haired boy after her, and they slipped through the door. It wasn’t anything Clary hadn’t seen before, a couple sneaking off to the dark corners of the club to make out—but that made it even weirder that they were being followed. She raised herself up on tiptoe, trying to see over the crowd. The two guys had stopped at the door and seemed to be conferring with each other. One of them was blond, the other dark-haired. The blond one reached into his jacket and drew out something long and sharp that flashed under the strobing lights. A knife. “Simon!” Clary shouted, and seized his arm. “What?” Simon looked alarmed. “I’m not really sleeping with your mom, you know. I was just trying to get your attention. Not that your mom isn’t a very attractive woman, for her age.” “Do you see those guys?” She pointed wildly, almost hitting a curvy black girl who was dancing nearby. The girl shot her an evil look. “Sorry—sorry!” Clary turned back to Simon. “Do you see those two guys over there? By that door?” Simon squinted, then shrugged. “I don’t see anything.” “There are two of them. They were following the guy with the blue hair—” “The one you thought was cute?” “Yes, but that’s not the point. The blond one pulled a knife.” “Are you sure?” Simon stared harder, shaking his head. “I still don’t see anyone.” “I’m sure.” Suddenly all business, Simon squared his shoulders. “I’ll get one of the security guards. You stay here.” He strode away, pushing through the crowd. Clary turned just in time to see the blond boy slip through the NO ADMITTANCE door, his friend right on his heels. She looked around; Simon was still trying to shove his way across the dance floor, but he wasn’t making much progress. Even if she yelled now, no one would hear her, and by the time Simon got back, something terrible might already have happened. Biting hard on her lower lip, Clary started to wriggle through the crowd. “What’s your name?” She turned and smiled. What faint light there was in the storage room spilled down through high barred windows smeared with dirt. Piles of electrical cables, along with broken bits of mirrored disco balls and discarded paint cans littered the floor. “Isabelle.” “That’s a nice name.” He walked toward her, stepping carefully among the wires in case any of them were live. In the faint light she looked half-transparent, bleached of color, wrapped in white like an angel. It would be a pleasure to make her fall. . . . “I haven’t seen you here before.” “You’re asking me if I come here often?” She giggled, covering her mouth with her hand. There was some sort of bracelet around her wrist, just under the cuff of her dress—then, as he neared her, he saw that it wasn’t a bracelet at all but a pattern inked into her skin, a matrix of swirling lines. He froze. “You—” He didn’t finish. She moved with lightning swiftness, striking out at him with her open hand, a blow to his chest that would have sent him down gasping if he’d been a human being. He staggered back, and now there was something in her hand, a coiling whip that glinted gold as she brought it down, curling around his ankles, jerking him off his feet. He hit the ground, writhing, the hated metal biting deep into his skin. She laughed, standing over him, and dizzily he thought that he should have known. No human girl would wear a dress like the one Isabelle wore. She’d worn it to cover her skin—all of her skin. Isabelle yanked hard on the whip, securing it. Her smile glittered like poisonous water. “He’s all yours, boys.” A low laugh sounded behind him, and now there were hands on him, hauling him upright, throwing him against one of the concrete pillars. He could feel the damp stone under his back. His hands were pulled behind him, his wrists bound with wire. As he struggled, someone walked around the side of the pillar into his view: a boy, as young as Isabelle and just as pretty. His tawny eyes glittered like chips of amber. “So,” the boy said. “Are there any more with you?” The blue-haired boy could feel blood welling up under the too-tight metal, making his wrists slippery. “Any other what?” “Come on now.” The tawny-eyed boy held up his hands, and his dark sleeves slipped down, showing the runes inked all over his wrists, the backs of his hands, his palms. “You know what I am.” Far back inside his skull, the shackled boy’s second set of teeth began to grind. “Shadowhunter,” he hissed. The other boy grinned all over his face. “Got you,” he said. Clary pushed the door to the storage room open, and stepped inside. For a moment she thought it was deserted. The only windows were high up and barred; faint street noise came through them, the sound of honking cars and squealing brakes. The room smelled like old paint, and a heavy layer of dust covered the floor, marked by smeared shoe prints. There’s no one in here, she realized, looking around in bewilderment. It was cold in the room, despite the August heat outside. Her back was icy with sweat. She took a step forward, tangling her feet in electrical wires. She bent down to free her sneaker from the cables—and heard voices. A girl’s laugh, a boy answering sharply. When she straightened up, she saw them. It was as if they had sprung into existence between one blink of her eyes and the next. There was the girl in her long white dress, her black hair hanging down her back like damp seaweed. The two boys were with her—the tall one with black hair like hers, and the smaller, fair one, whose hair gleamed like brass in the dim light coming through the windows high above. The fair boy was standing with his hands in his pockets, facing the punk kid, who was tied to a pillar with what looked like piano wire, his hands stretched behind him, his legs bound at the ankles. His face was pulled tight with pain and fear. Heart hammering in her chest, Clary ducked behind the nearest concrete pillar and peered around it. She watched as the fair-haired boy paced back and forth, his arms now crossed over his chest. “So,” he said. “You still haven’t told me if there are any other of your kind with you.” Your kind? Clary wondered what he was talking about. Maybe she’d stumbled into some kind of gang war. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” The blue-haired boy’s tone was pained but surly. “He means other demons,” said the dark-haired boy, speaking for the first time. “You do know what a demon is, don’t you?” The boy tied to the pillar turned his face away, his mouth working. “Demons,” drawled the blond boy, tracing the word on the air with his finger. “Religiously defined as hell’s denizens, the servants of Satan, but understood here, for the purposes of the Clave, to be any malevolent spirit whose origin is outside our own home dimension—” “That’s enough, Jace,” said the girl. “Isabelle’s right,” agreed the taller boy. “Nobody here needs a lesson in semantics—or demonology.” They’re crazy, Clary thought. Actually crazy. Jace raised his head and smiled. There was something fierce about the gesture, something that reminded Clary of documentaries she’d watched about lions on the Discovery Channel, the way the big cats would raise their heads and sniff the air for prey. “Isabelle and Alec think I talk too much,” he said, confidingly. “Do you think I talk too much?” The blue-haired boy didn’t reply. His mouth was still working. “I could give you information,” he said. “I know where Valentine is.” Jace glanced back at Alec, who shrugged. “Valentine’s in the ground,” Jace said. “The thing’s just toying with us.” Isabelle tossed her hair. “Kill it, Jace,” she said. “It’s not going to tell us anything.” Jace raised his hand, and Clary saw dim light spark off the knife he was holding. It was oddly translucent, the blade clear as crystal, sharp as a shard of glass, the hilt set with red stones. The bound boy gasped. “Valentine is back!” he protested, dragging at the bonds that held his hands behind his back. “All the Infernal Worlds know it—I know it—I can tell you where he is—” Rage flared suddenly in Jace’s icy eyes. “By the Angel, every time we capture one of you bastards, you claim you know where Valentine is. Well, we know where he is too. He’s in hell. And you—” Jace turned the knife in his grasp, the edge sparking like a line of fire. “You can join him there.” Clary could take no more. She stepped out from behind the pillar. “Stop!” she cried. “You can’t do this.” Jace whirled, so startled that the knife flew from his hand and clattered against the concrete floor. Isabelle and Alec turned along with him, wearing identical expressions of astonishment. The blue-haired boy hung in his bonds, stunned and gaping. It was Alec who spoke first. “What’s this?” he demanded, looking from Clary to his companions, as if they might know what she was doing there. “It’s a girl,” Jace said, recovering his composure. “Surely you’ve seen girls before, Alec. Your sister Isabelle is one.” He took a step closer to Clary, squinting as if he couldn’t quite believe what he was seeing. “A mundie girl,” he said, half to himself. “And she can see us.” “Of course I can see you,” Clary said. “I’m not blind, you know.” “Oh, but you are,” said Jace, bending to pick up his knife. “You just don’t know it.” He straightened up. “You’d better get out of here, if you know what’s good for you.” “I’m not going anywhere,” Clary said. “If I do, you’ll kill him.” She pointed at the boy with the blue hair. “That’s true,” admitted Jace, twirling the knife between his fingers. “What do you care if I kill him or not?” “Be-because—,” Clary spluttered. “You can’t just go around killing people.” “You’re right,” said Jace. “You can’t go around killing people.” He pointed at the boy with blue hair, whose eyes were slitted. Clary wondered if he’d fainted. “That’s not a person, little girl. It may look like a person and talk like a person and maybe even bleed like a person. But it’s a monster.” “Jace,” said Isabelle warningly. “That’s enough.” “You’re crazy,” Clary said, backing away from him. “I’ve called the police, you know. They’ll be here any second.” “She’s lying,” said Alec, but there was doubt on his face. “Jace, do you—” He never got to finish his sentence. At that moment the blue-haired boy, with a high, yowling cry, tore free of the restraints binding him to the pillar, and flung himself on Jace. They fell to the ground and rolled together, the blue-haired boy tearing at Jace with hands that glittered as if tipped with metal. Clary backed up, wanting to run, but her feet caught on a loop of wiring and she went down, knocking the breath out of her chest. She could hear Isabelle shrieking. Rolling over, Clary saw the blue-haired boy sitting on Jace’s chest. Blood gleamed at the tips of his razorlike claws. Isabelle and Alec were running toward them, Isabelle brandishing a whip in her hand. The blue-haired boy slashed at Jace with claws extended. Jace threw an arm up to protect himself, and the claws raked it, splattering blood. The blue-haired boy lunged again—and Isabelle’s whip came down across his back. He shrieked and fell to the side. Swift as a flick of Isabelle’s whip, Jace rolled over. There was a blade gleaming in his hand. He sank the knife into the blue-haired boy’s chest. Blackish liquid exploded around the hilt. The boy arched off the floor, gurgling and twisting. With a grimace Jace stood up. His black shirt was blacker now in some places, wet with blood. He looked down at the twitching form at his feet, reached down, and yanked out the knife. The hilt was slick with black fluid. The blue-haired boy’s eyes flickered open. His eyes, fixed on Jace, seemed to burn. Between his teeth, he hissed, “So be it. The Forsaken will take you all.” Jace seemed to snarl. The boy’s eyes rolled back. His body began to jerk and twitch as he crumpled, folding in on himself, growing smaller and smaller until he vanished entirely. Clary scrambled to her feet, kicking free of the electrical wiring. She began to back away. None of them were paying attention to her. Alec had reached Jace and was holding his arm, pulling at the sleeve, probably trying to get a good look at the wound. Clary turned to run—and found her way blocked by Isabelle, whip in hand. The gold length of it was stained with dark fluid. She flicked it toward Clary, and the end wrapped itself around her wrist and jerked tight. Clary gasped with pain and surprise. “Stupid little mundie,” Isabelle said between her teeth. “You could have gotten Jace killed.” “He’s crazy,” Clary said, trying to pull her wrist back. The whip bit deeper into her skin. “You’re all crazy. What do you think you are, vigilante killers? The police—” “The police aren’t usually interested unless you can produce a body,” said Jace. Cradling his arm, he picked his way across the cable-strewn floor toward Clary. Alec followed behind him, face screwed into a scowl. Clary glanced at the spot where the boy had disappeared from, and said nothing. There wasn’t even a smear of blood there—nothing to show that the boy had ever existed. “They return to their home dimensions when they die,” said Jace. “In case you were wondering.” “Jace,” Alec hissed. “Be careful.” Jace drew his arm away. A ghoulish freckling of blood marked his face. He still reminded her of a lion, with his wide-spaced, light-colored eyes, and that tawny gold hair. “She can see us, Alec,” he said. “She already knows too much.” “So what do you want me to do with her?” Isabelle demanded. “Let her go,” Jace said quietly. Isabelle shot him a surprised, almost angry look, but didn’t argue. The whip slithered away, freeing Clary’s arm. She rubbed her sore wrist and wondered how the hell she was going to get out of there. “Maybe we should bring her back with us,” Alec said. “I bet Hodge would like to talk to her.” “No way are we bringing her to the Institute,” said Isabelle. “She’s a mundie.” “Or is she?” said Jace softly. His quiet tone was worse than Isabelle’s snapping or Alec’s anger. “Have you had dealings with demons, little girl? Walked with warlocks, talked with the Night Children? Have you—” “My name is not ‘little girl,’” Clary interrupted. “And I have no idea what you’re talking about.” Don’t you? said a voice in the back of her head. You saw that boy vanish into thin air. Jace isn’t crazy—you just wish he was. “I don’t believe in—in demons, or whatever you—” “Clary?” It was Simon’s voice. She whirled around. He was standing by the storage room door. One of the burly bouncers who’d been stamping hands at the front door was next to him. “Are you okay?” He peered at her through the gloom. “Why are you in here by yourself? What happened to the guys—you know, the ones with the knives?” Clary stared at him, then looked behind her, where Jace, Isabelle, and Alec stood, Jace still in his bloody shirt with the knife in his hand. He grinned at her and dropped a half-apologetic, half-mocking shrug. Clearly he wasn’t surprised that neither Simon nor the bouncer could see them. Somehow neither was Clary. Slowly she turned back to Simon, knowing how she must look to him, standing alone in a damp storage room, her feet tangled in bright plastic wiring cables. “I thought they went in here,” she said lamely. “But I guess they didn’t. I’m sorry.” She glanced from Simon, whose expression was changing from worried to embarrassed, to the bouncer, who just looked annoyed. “It was a mistake.” Behind her, Isabelle giggled. “I don’t believe it,” Simon said stubbornly as Clary, standing at the curb, tried desperately to hail a cab. Street cleaners had come down Orchard while they were inside the club, and the street was glossed black with oily water. “I know,” she agreed. “You’d think there’d be some cabs. Where is everyone going at midnight on a Sunday?” She turned back to him, shrugging. “You think we’d have better luck on Houston?” “Not the cabs,” Simon said. “You—I don’t believe you. I don’t believe those guys with the knives just disappeared.” Clary sighed. “Maybe there weren’t any guys with knives, Simon. Maybe I just imagined the whole thing.” “No way.” Simon raised his hand over his head, but the oncoming taxis whizzed by him, spraying dirty water. “I saw your face when I came into that storage room. You looked seriously freaked out, like you’d seen a ghost.” Clary thought of Jace with his lion-cat eyes. She glanced down at her wrist, braceleted by a thin red line where Isabelle’s whip had curled. No, not a ghost, she thought. Something even weirder than that. “It was just a mistake,” she said wearily. She wondered why she wasn’t telling him the truth. Except, of course, that he’d think she was crazy. And there was something about what had happened—something about the black blood bubbling up around Jace’s knife, something about his voice when he’d said Have you talked with the Night Children? that she wanted to keep to herself. “Well, it was a hell of an embarrassing mistake,” Simon said. He glanced back at the club, where a thin line still snaked out the door and halfway down the block. “I doubt they’ll ever let us back into Pandemonium.” “What do you care? You hate Pandemonium.” Clary raised her hand again as a yellow shape sped toward them through the fog. This time, though, the taxi screeched to a halt at their corner, the driver laying into his horn as if he needed to get their attention. “Finally we get lucky.” Simon yanked the taxi door open and slid onto the plastic-covered backseat. Clary followed, inhaling the familiar New York cab smell of old cigarette smoke, leather, and hair spray. “We’re going to Brooklyn,” Simon said to the cabbie, and then he turned to Clary. “Look, you know you can tell me anything, right?” Clary hesitated a moment, then nodded. “Sure, Simon,” she said. “I know I can.” She slammed the cab door shut behind her, and the taxi took off into the night.