I thought to save me time that I would do all of The Mortal Instruments Series together in the one post!
Publication date: City of Bones: 27th March 2007
City of Ashes: 25th March 2008
City of Glass: 24th March 2009
City of Fallen Angels: 5th April 2011
City of Lost Souls: 8th May 2012
Paperback editions: City of Bones: 485 pages
City of Ashes: 453 pages
City of Glass: 541 pages
City of Fallen Angels: 424 pages
City of Lost Souls: 534 pages
Rating: 5 stars
Synopsis: City of Bones: 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. . . . - goodreads.com
City of Ashes: Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.
To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father? - goodreads.com
City of Glass: To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.
As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City - whatever the cost? - goodreads.com
City of Fallen Angels:The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And - most importantly of all - she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.
But nothing comes without a price.
Someone is murdering Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary's best friend, Simon, can't help her. His mother just found out that he's a vampire and now he's homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side - along with the power of the curse that's wrecking his life. And they're willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls - neither of whom knows about the other one.
When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace. - goodreads.com
City of Lost Souls: The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from his captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing–but so is the boy she hates, Sebastian, the son of her father Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed, and bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.
No magic the Clave can summon can locate either boy, but Jace cannot stay away—not from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith’s dying magic has wrought—Jace is no longer the boy she loved. He and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become what he most feared: a true servant of Valentine’s evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. Will the Shadowhunters hesitate to kill one of their own?
Only a small band of Clary and Jace’s friends and family believe that Jace can still be saved — and that the fate of the Shadowhunters’ future may hinge on that salvation. They must defy the Clave and strike out on their own. Alec, Magnus, Simon and Isabelle must work together to save Jace: bargaining with the sinister Faerie Queen, contemplating deals with demons, and turning at last to the Iron Sisters, the reclusive and merciless weapons makers for the Shadowhunters, who tell them that no weapon on this earth can sever the bond between Sebastian and Jace. Their only chance of cutting Jace free is to challenge Heaven and Hell — a risk that could claim any, or all, of their lives.
And they must do it without Clary. For Clary has gone into the heart of darkness, to play a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing the game is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she even still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love? - goodreads.com
I remember when I first read these books and I fell in love with the Shadowhunter world as many other people did! I loved these books from the very first page and I loved the characters even more. They grew so much through each book and I seriously enjoyed taking their journeys with them! The main protagonist for the first three books is Clary Fray and then we delve into the minds of Jace Lightwood, Simon Lewis, Isabelle Lightwood and Alec Lightwood in the last two books. I really liked Clary and I thought that she was such a strong heroine and throughout these books she has so much to deal with but she still managed to stay herself. Jace is seriously hot and he was very protective of Clary from the moment he met her which was sweet. I felt so sorry for Simon during the first book and he also became such a strong person as these books progressed. I wasn't too sure on Izzy to start with and then I just fell in love with her as she was just so straight talking and honest. Alec was sort of a hard character for me to like when he is introduced in City of Bones but as I continued to read these books I started to really like him. Magnus Bane is one of the most amazing characters I have ever read and who's name needs to be in bold as he was just so out there and I love characters like that. Alec and Magnus were my favourite couple in this series and they were so funny with each other. Hodge, Valentine and Sebastian were the evil people in this series and I actually seemed to hate Sebastian the most out of the three as he was manipulative and really possessive. There were so many twists and turns in these books that it made my head spin but they were amazing! The books gradually get longer as you progress through the five but they are definitely worth the read! I have to say that my favourite book so far has been City of Fallen Angels as I loved the progress of Clary and Jace's relationship and also the ending and my least favourite book was City of Lost Souls due to the lack of interaction between all of the characters but I did love the ending! Cassandra Clare must put SO much research into these books and she obvisoulsy spends so much time on them! I can't wait until City of Heavenly Fire as it is the final installment of The Mortal Instruments series!