By Cassandra Clare
Genre- Fantasy YA.
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.
TMI (The Mortal Instruments) is an awesome fantasy series, the series spans over six books but was originally set to be three. Because of that, the series is basically split into two major plot lines; the first three books have one major plot and the events from book three to towards the plot for the following three books. The series coincides with Clare’s second series ‘The infernal devices’ based in Victorian era London. The events in TID (The infernal devices) contribute to the plot in the later books of TMI, these books have received mixed reviews as Clare was involved in a plagiarizing scandal. But if you read the series for the story instead of the author’s personal life, this is a series any book lover will enjoy.
Clare is able to create not only a great plot line but she is also able to create a completely new type of supernatural world, giving background and reasoning to all supernatural creatures in her books. Some authors lack backstory to their books but Clare has been able to avoid that especially after making a separate book that is referred to in her series called ‘The Shadowhunter codex’. This book is used in the series by Shadowhunters to explain where Shadowhunters came from, the weapons they use and the supernatural creatures they encounter.
The books were able to keep me engaged from the start, although book four is a tad slow in terms of the storyline the series quickly pick up again by the end of book four. Clare has a skill for wonderful description which is how she manages to keep her audience hooked throughout the Shadowhunter experience.
Although you don’t have to read the books in the order given it is recommended. If like me you can’t read two series at the same time I suggest reading TID before TMI, but if you do enjoy mixing series the order below is Clare’s recommended order.
After the events of the City of Heavenly Fire, the Bane Chronicles and Tales from Shadowhunter Academy follow, which are a number of short stories involving the characters from TMI. Clare’s third Shadowhunter series The Dark Artifices (TDA) was released in early 2016 called Lady Midnight, with book 2 to follow March 2017- Lord of Shadows.
Order of books to read.
City of Bone (Book 1- TMI)
City of Ashes (Book 2- TMI)
City of Glass (Book 3- TMI)
Clockwork Angel (Book 1- TID)
City of Fallen Angels (Book 4- TMI)
Clockwork Prince (Book 2- TID)
City of Lost Souls (Book 5- TMI)
Clockwork Princess (Book 3- TID)
City of Heavenly Fire (Book 6- TMI)
The Bane Chronicles.
Tales from Shadowhunter Academy.
Lady Midnight (Book 1- TDA)
Lord of Shadows (Book 2- TDA) Yet to be realsed.