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Publisher's Summary

Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan. Irresistably drawn towards a group of sexy demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City - and the dangers of forbidden love.
©2007 Cassandra Clare (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"The Mortal Instruments series is a story world I love to live in. Beautiful." (Stephanie Meyer)
"The story's sensual flavor comes from the wealth of detail: demons with facial piercings, diners serving locusts and honey, pretty gay warlocks, and cameo appearances from other urban fantasies' characters....Lush and fun." (Kirkus Review)
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By Anna on 08-08-14

Worst narrator ever

I haven't been able to finish this book, the narrator sounds like she's bored. I going to buy the book

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By Moonglotexas on 07-12-13

Magic!

If you could sum up City of Bones in three words, what would they be?

A world unimagined!

What did you like best about this story?

Jace and Clary - their romance, spats, and generally interactions ROCK! The world created is magnificent with intricacies that will only unfurl as the series continues

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This is a book I read in sitting, listen to in one sitting and continue to listen to over and over

Any additional comments?

Love it, highly recommend it!

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By Robyn on 06-01-11

typical fantasy

A little predictable - some recogniseable themes...... Didn't like narrator's voice at all, and in some places I couldn't tell which character she was trying to be, but did get used to it after a few hours.

I'm a "mature" listener, but can't resist fantasy (loved the Twighlight series and A Discovery of Witches). Have just found I had to download book 2 in the series, despite myself.....so that must say something. It's hardly breaking new ground, or particularly well written (lots of cliches used), however it's typical escapist fantasy, and will help to pass a few hours on the train (or ironing!) pleasantly.

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By Tracy on 01-02-11

City of Bones

A really easy listen and very enjoyable. Aimed at young adults (not too young as some of the issues might take some explaining)but no less thrilling for it. I'm off to download book two right now!

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By JaniceO on 07-29-14

I did not realise you adult meant young teen..

I really should have read the intro better. An interesting story line using a great deal from many other books of this genre and even a plot twist from Star Wars. The writing is young, much younger than say the Harry Potter Novels. I can see why it would appeal to younger readers. The threads of teenage angst, romance and rebellion are the plot with the supernatural thrown in to bind it all together.

There is evidence of research in the making of this world and this, being the first in a series, I assume that the writing will develop. The plot is a little involved with some nice charachter study though not overly developed in this intro the world. There is mystery, magic, monsters, treachery and a few as yet unexplained developments.

The reader was very suited to the story line, sounding suitably young and handling the narrative well with few errors and a nice flow. Her charachter voices were reasonably good, especially for the girls and her voice pleasant to listen to.

The main charachter is 15 years old and her supporting cast around the same age. I probably would not have purchased this book if I'd known that. It is part of a series that continues the story into the next book.

Overall, it's a little young and raw for me. I shall fulfill my fantasy/supernatural addiction elsewhere.

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By Catherine on 11-03-16

Good but narration hard

I love the story. In book form, movie, TV series and now audible. It was very distracting that the narrator mispronounced several words over and over

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