- Audio Download
- Listening Length: 13 hours and 44 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 15 April 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JMXBBTK
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments
|New from||Used from|
This title is not available for you.
Sorry, this title is no longer available. Please try using the search feature as another version of this work may be available. If you think we've made a mistake, please contact Audible Customer Care at 0800 496 2279.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top customer reviews
I agree with those who point out that they aren't just for 'young adults'. They're for everyone who enjoys fantasy, or just a good read with a brilliant love story running through. Yes, there is nothing 'new' in these books. This is unimportant. There was nothing really new in Tolkein's 'Lord of the Rings', as many commentators, starting with Naomi Mitcheson on the cover 'blurb' of the first edition, have pointed out. Also, as Mitcheson went on to say, this doesn't matter. What you want is a compelling read that you really enjoy.
I studied Children's Literature with the Open University. This included young adult fiction. An important aspect of such literature should be to instruct and delight. Delight from Clare's writing in obvious. Instruction is less so, but it is there. The relationships between Alex and Magnus and Helen and Aline are beautifully treated, without 'shoving same sex relationships in your face'. You accept them. Tolkein, Donaldson, Eddings, Rowling and most other members of the gang of fantasy writers don't write such relationships; Clare does so beautifully. She also treats unfairness and reactions to it (and at the same time prejudice). I could cry over the treatment of Helen at the end.
One little point. Is Clare a closet feminist? All the way through 'The Shadowhunter Codex' she always uses 'she' rather than the more common 'he' to refer to both sexes. And, for me, Clary and Izzy are much more 'rounded' characters than their male counterparts!
The characters in the book are engaging and emotive and quickly draw you in and make you care for them which makes for a truly captivating read. It is unpredictable and full of shocks and surprises which makes it a massive page turner and there are also many themes intertwined though the plot which not only engage you with the characters in the story, but could also change your opinions in your own life.
I can honestly say that Cassandra Clare is an AMAZING writer who instantly captivates the reader and takes you along for one hell of a roller coaster ride. The Shadowhunter books produced by her remain my favourite book series and I never get tired rereading them. Along with the 6 "Mortal Instruments" books, there is also 3 books called "The Infernal Devices" which follow a very different group of shadowhunters in Victorian London, "The Bane Chronicles" which is a book of short stories about the warlock Magnus Bane, and the new series of short stories called "Shadowhunter Academy" Also in production there is a new series of shadowhunter books called "The Dark Artifices" So there is not a shortage of spectacular material for you to enjoy once your hooked on The Mortal Instruments.
This book is well worth a read and I would recommend it to anyone as I cannot speak highly enough of it and it opens the door to a host of books your sure to enjoy.
If you are a fan of the mercy Thompson series I think you will like this series as well. A series where all the supernaturals come together in 1 epic adventure.
Most recent customer reviews
Firstly fantasy is NOT my normal reading genre so I have nothing to compare it to.Read more