In preparation for the sixth and final book , coming out May 27th, I’ve been re-reading the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I’ve been reading these books since shortly before the third book came out in 2009 or so, and I haven’t looked back.
The Mortal Instruments is a series about Clary Fray, a teenager in New York who witnesses a murder committed by people that no one else can see. Over the next couple of days she discovers that she was born into a world she’s been forced to forget, a shadow world with faeries, werewolves, vampires, warlocks, demons and Shadowhunters.
Is the writing the absolute best I’ve ever seen? No. But it’s fun and engaging, with diverse, memorable characters (Magnus Bane, anyone?) and an interesting plot line. I’d easily recommend them to anyone who enjoys any of the fantasy or paranormal YA.
For anyone who prefers more a more historical-fiction setting, Clare’s other series The Infernal Devices is just as (if not more) wonderful.