Published by McElderry Books
Date Published: March 27, 2007
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....
I guess I'll start off by saying, I loved this book! Cassie has now become one of my favorite authors! The way she presented an entire new world hidden among us was just amazing. She invented new creatures, explored lore, creatures, and the paranormal so perfectly. I admit, it took me a little bit to get into but believe me it wasn't the writing; I just kept getting distracted from it. I quickly fell in love with Clary and her will to do what she wanted no matter what other thought. She stayed strong through the toughest of situations. Although her world around her was seemingly crashing to the ground, she fought to save those she loved most. The character development in this book is through the roof!
Even though there are 2-5 main characters (depending on how you look at it), the other character appearances also seem so real. This book brings out a whole new world hidden among the streets on NYC yet I felt as if I was walking down the streets myself and was captivated by the romance and action. The one and only thing I would change about this book is the chapter lengths...they sometimes seemed to drag on. Other than that, I am super impressed with Cassie and her writing style/abilities and cannot wait to finish the series! I am starting City of Ashes right now and hope to get it read soon!