Title: City of Bones – 10th Anniversary Edition (The Mortal Instruments #1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Young adult/teen fiction, Fantasy
Book format: Hardcover
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Description: The tenth anniversary of Cassandra Clare’s phenomenal City of Bones demands a luxe new edition. The pride of any fan’s collection, City of Bones now has new cover art, over thirty interior illustrations, and six new full-page colour portraits of everyone’s favourite characters! This beautifully crafted collector’s item also includes a new piece written by Cassandra Clare. A perfect gift for the Shadowhunter fan in your life.
This is the book where Clary Fray first discovered the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world and back to their own. The book where she first met Jace Wayland, the best Shadowhunter of his generation. The book that started it all.

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review: This is a brilliant start to what I hope is a good series and this tenth anniversary special book is packed with lots of additional features. Clary Fray is an ordinary teenage girl who goes to a club with her friend Simon, but while there she spots some suspicious looking people and follows them into the back of the club. There’s more to the people than she first thinks and soon Clary is thrown into a world where demons exist and her mother has disappeared after an attack. It’s up to Clary to find out what has happened to her mother and what this new world of demons and magic really is.

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I haven’t read any of the books until now and this first one is very good! Clary’s character is easy to relate to as a normal teenager and I enjoyed getting to know the other characters and how they all interacted. The story is a long one but exciting. Clary soon discovers that secrets have been kept hidden from her and the strange world she is now a part of is more complicated than she first thought. I really enjoyed how the whole story slowly unfolds revealing lots of twists, especially in the later half of the book with the scenes at the end being the most exciting and interesting.

The story has a good feel to it and I enjoyed how the author incorporated lots of different myths and creatures that are well-known from folklore, into this one book. In fact the author explains all of this in a Forward, at the start of the book which was interesting to read. I won’t reveal the ending but it does have a satisfying end for the events that happen. Of course it also sets up the bigger story of the series and I’m excited to get started on reading the rest of the books.

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Despite my praise for this book though, I did find it hard to get into at the beginning. It took a few chapters before I felt fully immersed in the story and really wanted to read more. I’m not sure why I found it hard to click with Clary and the story at first, considering I’m a big fan of fantasy of all kinds, but I found it hard to get into this tale at the start and I also found it hard to get back into the story once I had put the book down to do other things. It’s not that the story wasn’t exciting, it was and I felt compelled to read on once I had the book open, but I just didn’t have a deep drive to keep reading it once I put it down for a bit, which is strange.

The back of the book has a report on each of the characters which is fun to read. This anniversary edition also features some beautiful illustrations which I really enjoyed looking at. Each chapter begins with a lovely image of something within that chapter. There is also a map illustration of where all the locations mentioned in the story are. Both these illustrations are in black and white although at the start and back of the book there are some pages on glossier paper with colourful illustrations of some of the main characters.

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I do recommend this book and I’m hoping the series will be a good one to read, which I plan to do in future. This tenth anniversary special is also very beautiful and perfect for anyone who wants a lovely book in their collection. The hardcover has some shiny silver markings and the whole thing feels heavy but lovely to hold. A good book with a great story.

Have you read any books in The Mortal Instruments series?  What about other fantasy books or do you prefer a different genre?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂