The Mortal Instruments/City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Long ago when demons plagued the earth the nephilim (fallen angels) were chosen to defeat them. These nephilim were later dubbed Shadowhunters appointed to protect the human race against demons and downworlders (i.e. fairies, werewolves, vampires and other mythical creatures.) Shadowhunters are chosen from birth and come from a magical land/dimension called Iridis. They defeat demons by using magical runes, which are burned into their skin leaving behind transluscent tattoos. Clary Fray a 15-year old New Yorker’s world is turned upside down after she witnesses a group of Shadowhunters defeat a demon. Soon after the incident, Clary’s mom disappears. To find her mother, Clary must rely on an arrogant pretty-boy Shadowhunter named Jace. In her quest, Clary enters into a treacherous magical world, unraveling a lifetime of shocking secrets.
The Mortal Instruments/City of Bones is part one of a trilogy. Clare does a great job with the dialog, but I found some of the narrative to be a little scattered at times. In addition, I felt the book had a slow start, but did accelerate towards the ending. Also readers who are unfamiliar with mythical characters might be scratching their heads when trying to define the plethora of magical terminology. Overall, City of Bones will be an entertaining read for fans of Harry Potter and Star Wars. (Star Wars comparisions include: 1.Orphaned child reunites with evil warlord father. 2. Revolt against government, due to social purification. 3. Secret society of warriors who sustain strict moral codes. 4.Incestuous love story.)