The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

Rating: (5 / 5)

Genre: YA Fantasy

Content: Angels and Demons, Magic, Vampire/Werewolf/Faeries/Warlocks, War

Favorite of the series: City of Fallen Angels & City of Heavenly Fire


Synopsis: Clary Fray is your average girl from Brooklyn. She has a loving mother, a best friend, and is an amazing artist who goes to high school. But one day, she sees three teenagers kill another person in Pandemonium Club in the city. But the strange thing is that the person who is murdered, vanishes. Was it really a human at all? She quickly becomes engrossed into a world she never knew existed after her mother is kidnapped. A world of Angels and Demons and Downworlders. She realises her mother was part of a war she had no knowledge of, and a heritage that was kept hidden from her all these years.


** I will be making a separate post about the Shadowhunter series in which I lay out the order in which you should be reading the books


This is, hands down, my favorite series that I have ever read. The amount of detail Cassandra Clare puts into making this whole history and universe for the books is admirable. My favorite thing about the Shadowhunters series is the history and the background that you get. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced this much in a book series and I really enjoyed it. Her writing style and descriptiveness is outstanding throughout every single book that she has published. She includes romance as well as lots of humor, which was a nice dynamic, and broke things up between the seriousness of the plot.

Character development, my favorite thing as we all know. The author does an amazing job of growing the characters and showing their strengths and weaknesses. I think I saw a new aspect of them in every book which was really enjoyable to read. The development for all the key players was gradual and you really got to know their histories, personalities, and mind sets. Fun fact: my favorite character in the series is Magnus Bane, The High Warlock of Brooklyn.

Speaking of characters and development, one of the things I loved about these books was the villains. Seems like an odd thing to enjoy so let me explain myself. The author develops them and their stories so well and she makes them so diverse. Usually villains tend to feel all the same and especially so when they’re written within the same universe and book series. That is not the case in these books at all. The villains all have different motives and personalities and I loved reading about them.

Overall, this is a fantasy series and I would highly recommend them. I love that you can read them as a young teen or as an adult and still enjoy them immensely. I promise you will not be disappointed with this read.

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