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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.

Book Reviews

City of Bones
Average rating
4.4 / 5
Easy supernatural reading
December 8th, 2015
Uncomplicated and entertaining, feel would be perfect fo young teenagers but certainly interesting enough for adults, i am curious to read the second book hoping it will prove to develop the story and characters more deeply
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AMAZING
October 25th, 2015
THIS BOOK IS GREAT AND ADVENTUROUS, AMAZING DESCRIPTORS AND IMAGERY. RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE WHO WANT A SENSE OF ADVENTURE!
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1 review
We need more
October 8th, 2015
I have read this book 100 times its so good!! i just wish the moovies were better. Jace , clairy, simon... Its the perfect book and u will NEVER put it down intill u finish it
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1 review
why all the hype?
August 15th, 2015
I was very unimpressed. The characters were unlikable and the story was boring and slow moving. I don't even know why I read it right through till the end.
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1 review
City of bones
July 24th, 2015
One of the best books I have read in a long time. City of bones contains a perfect mix of action and romance
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1 review
Very nice book
June 30th, 2015
WOW that was an amazing and very nice book it took me so long to read i guess it was because i was so into it but its a really good book
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Obsession
March 22nd, 2015
This is the second time I've read the book , i just finished reading the bane Chronicles and it made me want to read this series again. Just like the first time I loved it from start to finish I couldn't put the book down.
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Amazballs
February 22nd, 2015
It was fantastic!! Read it!! It was one of the best books I have read in a while! Really cool topic!
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1 review
Fun read
February 5th, 2015
I liked this book more than I thought I would. It was an entertaining read. I look forward to reading the second book in the series.
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CITY OF BONES REVIEW
December 28th, 2014
The City of Bones is an amazing book that at some parts made me cry, scream, or laugh. Never have I read a book that shows what a hard-working author can do. In this book Cassandra, or Cass lives a pretty ordinary life, unil one day at the club she witnesses a demon being murdered. This leads to her finding out soo many puzzel piecses that most would have though of lost. I highly recomend this for people aged 11-to the day you die. Because of this book Cassandra Claire is now one of my favorite authors with Rick Riordan and Judy Blume. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Sienna
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City of Bones
December 2nd, 2014
it was amazing it's so stupid how Jace and Clary can't be together but in the movie the would make a perfect couple
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1 review
Amazing
August 26th, 2014
I loved this book and I can't wait to read on with the other books in the series!
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1 review
Awesome!
August 20th, 2014
Can't wait to read the next book!
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1 review
City of Bones
August 8th, 2014
Couldn't put it down
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1 review
City of Bones by Cassandrs Clare
August 6th, 2014
Awesome read, great story, even better the second time around.
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The city of bones
July 17th, 2014
Got to buy The City of Ashes...Amazing
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AMAZING
July 1st, 2014
This book was great!!!!!!! I totally recommend this book to people who have read books like Divergent and The Hunger Games. I definitely am reading the next book in the series!
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1 review
Great book!
June 30th, 2014
This was a great book to read and I can't wait to read the other ones in this series!
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1 review
1 person found this helpful
Excellent
June 20th, 2014
The most wonderful opener to a series. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys adventure type books.
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1 review
Awesome
May 19th, 2014
Cant wait for more
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1 review
Good read
May 2nd, 2014
Good book hoping they don't turn out to be related!!
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1 review
Interesting read
April 21st, 2014
Plot moves along quite well.
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1 review
Good book
April 16th, 2014
First book. Better than the movie
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1 review
Loved it
April 13th, 2014
Amazing book, funny, suspenseful and hard to put down!
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1 review
Great
April 6th, 2014
Way better than the movie
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1 review
No
March 26th, 2014
Although a fairly good book the cheesy metaphors kind of kill it
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1 review
Best book evah!!!
March 8th, 2014
The plot twists were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G
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City of bones
February 21st, 2014
Amazing!! Can't wait to read book two!!
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1 review
Okay
February 21st, 2014
Great details, but it's a little drawn out and slow during some parts
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
Great read. Liked the characters and the complete series.
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
This book is so good! I could not put it down! So many plot twists and so little time to read it! Every page is filled with a story you will get attached to and not want t leave! This series is one of my favourites and this book will start it all for you! Cassandra Clare is an amazing author and this book is by far one of her bests i think. READ IT you will thank me later =P
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1 review
January 24th, 2014
I could not put this book down! I loved the characters. The story was so well written, kept you intrigued the entire time.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
I could not put the book down and got lost in it! The way the author brings the character's to live is amazing!! I can't wait to continue in the series!!
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1 review
1 of 2 people found this helpful
January 23rd, 2014
It's a very interesting read with lots of little twists and turns
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
I enjoyed this series, I'm 29 but still read the teen paranormal books opposed to the adult ones because I don't appreciate all the sex in the adult books. I also liked this book because the main female character is so strong. Great creatures and story line.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
Loved this book! Awesome story line and intresting characters
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
this amazing book will keep you fixed till the end. total page turner and couldn't put it down for one second. loved it and didn't want it end, luckily there was 5 more afterwards but this book is a must read.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
A heart wrenching supernatural love story for all ages...
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3 of 3 people found this helpful
January 23rd, 2014
Such a brilliant book. Truly magnificently written. You cannot help becoming wrapped up in the lives of the shadowhunters, downworlders and mundanes. The character development goes very deeply into not only the characters history, but even delving into their ancestors. Fantastic, A great read.
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1 review
January 22nd, 2014
An amazing read that takes you on a fantastical journey where forbidden love is explored and overcome by the sheer passion of the out of this world characters
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1 review
January 22nd, 2014
I absolutley love this book , its thrilling and gripping and in a world i would love to be a part of . The characters are mysterious and daring , and easy to get attached to . It is fast paced and impossible to put down.
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1 review
Can't wait for more...
January 8th, 2014
Good thing my mom dropped off the rest. Not a challenging read but absolutely kept my interest!
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1 review
Excellent and unique!
January 6th, 2014
Lots of unexpected twists and turns!
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1 review
Very much like a fanfiction
December 27th, 2013
I'm disappointed at the lack of imagination for character peers personality - they were very much like your typical fan fiction characters. However the potential of story development is promising so I'm intrigued to read a little more.
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1 review
Very good - Good mix of characters
December 14th, 2013
Heed the warning, hard to put down once started.
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1 review
Better than the movie
December 11th, 2013
This book is great I just wish they would have done a better job on the movie .
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1 review
Wonderful read
December 8th, 2013
This is a great young adult novel. It's nice to find a series in which the characters have depth and actually grow. I loved this one and the rest of the series. I would recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy.
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1 review
best book
November 3rd, 2013
i love this book not to fond of the ending though but i love the series and the movie cant wait for book #6
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1 review
November 2nd, 2013
Beautifully written and totally compelling. You become so attached to the characters that you feel everything they do and literally will not be able to put the book down. I think I finished this book in a day.
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Mortal instruments
October 29th, 2013
Great book, unexpected twists and turns. Was surprised it caught my interest
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1 review
Really good
October 29th, 2013
It had really great twists, funny how jace or Clary never talked about being brother and sister
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1 review
Movie comparison
October 12th, 2013
I actually watched the movie first. I actually thought it was entertaining and I enjoyed it, the movie that is. Then I read the book. Wow. Is all I can say. Now I think the movie sucked and the book just kept on drawing me in. It took me a while to get into the point of view and the tone of writing but in the end it was very enjoyable
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1 review
October 9th, 2013
awesome book. totally captivating
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1 review
Long but good!
October 7th, 2013
Unfortunately I watched the movie before I read the book, and that's always the worst thing you can do, but all in all the book was great and I can't wait to start the next one!
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1 review
October 5th, 2013
I loved this series. Keeps you wanting to read more
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2 of 2 people found this helpful
October 5th, 2013
This book was a surprise hit for me. My daughter asked me to read it and I did, grudgingly but was mesmerized through the entire read. I am now a fan and will read the entire series. I'm hooked!
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8 of 8 people found this helpful
October 5th, 2013
I loved this book, it had intrigue, love, action, suspence and I could not put it down, even the second, third and fourth time I read this series. I feel this is a great combination of action, love and heartake. Cassandra is an exxcelent writer and she brings a whole new world to life and make the reader believe it's all true. I would definetly recomend this book to all.
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1 review
October 4th, 2013
Amazing book with lots of twists & turns, action, and adventure. The author does a great job in immersing the reader into the world of Shadow Hunters.
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1 review
October 4th, 2013
Love it.
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1 review
October 4th, 2013
The author made me feel like I was part of the book. Easy to read and hard to put down. I have started reading the second book. Excellent story line.
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October 4th, 2013
This book is the best! Cassandra Clare is an amazing author and once you start this book you won't be able to put it down!
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1 review
October 4th, 2013
So exciting!
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1 review
In one breath
October 4th, 2013
...that's how I read it. I need more!! :)
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1 review
O.K
October 4th, 2013
It was a good book...
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1 review
September 29th, 2013
Very captivating story, good romance, lots of action
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1 review
September 28th, 2013
Good book. Didn't want to put it down!
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1 review
3 of 4 people found this helpful
September 28th, 2013
Couldn't put it down. Best book ever
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1 review
Great read
September 19th, 2013
Loved the book but I so hoped Jace and Clary could have stayed together.
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1 review
Amazing.
September 19th, 2013
Even better now that they're are movies
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1 review
Captivating!
September 18th, 2013
Wonderful twists that keep you guessing. Characters with depth and understanding that make them feel real
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City of Bones
September 16th, 2013
I sort of went backwards and watched the movie first and loved it, so I decided to read the book and really enjoyed it!!! I am going to purchase the rest of the series and continue this entertaining adventure!
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1 review
Awesome
September 15th, 2013
A little better than I expected!!!!!
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1 review
September 14th, 2013
Very enjoyable
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1 review
September 14th, 2013
I loved this book. Great characters and great story.
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1 review
Great!
September 13th, 2013
Really good book! Can't wait to read the rest of them!
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1 review
September 10th, 2013
Read three of this serie, just loved it and saw the first movie, it was good but the book was by far the best... anxious to read all of them!
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3 of 4 people found this helpful
September 9th, 2013
Enjoyed this book and I have read the following books that are just as good !!!
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1 review
September 9th, 2013
Currently Cassandra Clare is my favourite author! Her series of The Mortal Instruments are so amazing. I love Kobo for having all these books!
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1 review
September 9th, 2013
Awesome read love the intensity of the story.
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1 review
September 9th, 2013
Enjoyed this and following two books in the series, but was disappointed with 2nd last one... haven't read last book in 'city' series yet.
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2 of 2 people found this helpful
September 8th, 2013
This book was unlike the other current YA reads- it was filled with action, and character development that carried on further throughout the entire series. Yes, there was the typical romance and supernatural elements, but it was unlike books like Twilight, where the romance defined the main female heroine.
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4 of 5 people found this helpful
September 8th, 2013
Great series can wait for book six
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1 review
September 8th, 2013
loved it!
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1 review
September 8th, 2013
A new world...a new breed of heroes.. unexpected twists! This is a fantastic read for everyone who's into paranormal tales, not just YA. I'm hooked!
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1 review
September 8th, 2013
I read this series when it first came out and now that it has been made into a movie I am re-reading it.
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3 of 4 people found this helpful
September 8th, 2013
Was great book am going to read the next one in series soon
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September 8th, 2013
I like reading these books
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1 review
September 8th, 2013
Great book, keeps you on your toes from start finish!
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1 review
September 8th, 2013
Love these books both the prequels and this almost finished series AND the Bane Chronicles <3
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1 review
Easy capticating read
September 8th, 2013
From start to finish; captivating.
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1 review
Amazing
September 7th, 2013
OMG I love this book so much!
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1 review
Loved it
September 3rd, 2013
Captures you from the start, hard to put down
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1 review
August 31st, 2013
For fantasy book lovers. This book has fantasy, action and of course magic to stir book lover`s imaginations and keep you wanting more.
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Addictive
August 31st, 2013
Loved it! Didn't want to put it down!
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City of Bones
August 30th, 2013
What an amazing series. I can't wait to see the film.
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1 review
Not bad
August 21st, 2013
Pretty good book. Character development was a little jumpy and it ended kind of abruptly.
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1 review
Awesome
August 9th, 2013
Was a great book definitely going to be reading the rest!
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
August 4th, 2013
The book is reqlly good. I am really excited fir the movie. I am still realing from jace and clary's relationship reveal
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Loved it!
August 1st, 2013
Now I'm hooked. Great books!
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The City of Bones
July 30th, 2013
Omg I loved it!!!! I'm going to read the second book as soon as I can!!!!!!!
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