5 Reasons Why You Should Take a Chance on The Mortal Instruments

Lately I’ve been on a bit of a The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare kick.

It’s never too late to start a new series and with the last book, City of Heavenly Fire, being released in May – there is still plenty of time to get up to date with this fantastic series before it ends.

I thought I’d share five reasons with you why I recommend this series.

 

The Creatures

Werewolves may be your thing. Or perhaps you like to read about vampires. It could be book with Fae in them are what you crave. With the Mortal Instruments series – you don’t have to choose. Vampires, Were and Fae all manage to co-exist in this world although not entire peacefully. And you also get an incredible type of mystical being called the Shadowhunters. They’re descendants of angels and they are essentially demon hunters. They have a magic of their own and are so very kick-arse.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

City of Bones – the first book in the Mortal Instruments series

 

The Characters

It’s hard for me to pick a favourite because there are so many incredible characters in this series. The main character, Clary Fray, is learning about the Shadowhunters and all that goes bump in the night and as a reader we get to learn along with her. Her best friend Simon, a mundane, is by her side as they both discover that things were a lot simpler before they knew the stuff of horror films exists. All of the shadowhunters, vampires, werewolves, fae, mages (and even the mundanes) are great characters. I think every single person who appears in these books has their flaws. They are not perfect people. They are selfish and make mistakes but they adds to their realism and appeal.

Simon, Isabelle, Alec, Jace and Clary – the main characters of the series

The Plot

There’s a lot that goes on in these books. So much action and drama, romance and tragedy. But it is a series that feels planned. The surprises are shocking to me as a reader but I can tell that the authors knows exactly what she is doing. I’m eager to read on and see what is next for Clary and co. despite the pain and anguish Ms. Clare puts them through. I know that there is a lot more excitement ahead.

Valentine

He’s diabolical. He thinks his way is the right way and will stop at nothing till he gets what he wants. And somehow – despite how much I despise what he’s doing to my favourite characters he’s admirable with his abysmal and atrocious actions.

The Spinoffs

While the Mortal Instruments series might be coming to a close, it’s not the end if you want more Shadowhunters. There is a prequel series, The Infernal Devices, which already has three novels out and another spinoff called The Last Hours which is set in  Edwardian London and fin de siècle Paris and is set to publish in 2017.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)

Clockwork Angel – the first book in the Infernal Devices series

There you have it. My five reasons why I love this series. I’d love to hear your reasons for enjoying Cassandra Clare’s writing or why you aren’t as much of a fan as I am.

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11 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why You Should Take a Chance on The Mortal Instruments

  1. I love the Mortal Instruments series. The characters are really what makes it, I enjoy the dialogue (such great bantering) and I am so emotionally invested in these characters. I have to admit, I may love Infernal Devices even more. And I had no idea about The Last Hours. About the children from Infernal Devices…can’t wait! And then there’s Dark Artifices series, that takes place 5 years after the last book in Mortal Instruments. I think the first one is set to come out in 2015. Can’t wait! A lot of people have complained that she just keeps writing about the same world, but really, I don’t care. I’ll read every single one of them.

  2. I love the Mortal Instruments books. I don’t so much love Cassandra Clare for what she did when she wrote fanfiction and was involved in various things before she got her stuff published, so I’ll finish out Mortal Instruments but I’m not sure I’ll read her other stuff. I’m so in love with Magnus though.

  3. I’ve read the clockword series but not the main series. I just saw on Publisher’s Marketplace that Cassie Clare signed for a major deal on more books in this universe including a new trilogy extending through 2019. So more to come!

  4. I enjoyed the first three books when they were first published and that was way before I was blogging. Somehow I know that I would not like them now and I think I stopped at book 4 and book 1 of TID series. It’s great that you love them, I do want to see the movie

  5. Great review! Cassandra Clare is also doing something great right now. She’s creating strong female characters driven by things besides the desire to have a boyfriend. In fact, she’s even gone a step further to make one of her vain and weaker characters, driven by the need to be normal and love and be married, well.. spoilers, right? Anyway, her characters are relatively admirable in the sense that they have their own identities and don’t rely much on other to make something of themselves.

    • From what I’ve heard – her fanfiction isn’t quite plagiarism and her published works are quite different from her fanfiction. But each to their own. You’re entitled to your own opinion.

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