This series is another Goodreads group read I’m doing with several others in my 2-3-4 Challenge group. It’s an older series that was later developed onto both the big and small screen.
Fifteen-year old Clary Fray goes into a nightclub called Pandemonium with her best friend Simon and sees two very attractive people exit into a closed off area. She follows and then witnesses a third person attack and kill one of them. Unfortunately, she seems to be the only one that can even see the three. It’s this encounter that introduces her to a world that’s very much a part of her identity, particularly when her mother leaves her a desperate message that same night and then mysteriously disappears.
I had a tough time getting into this story that was initially plagued by lots of juvenile, young adult behavior in the midst of laying the foundation for the fantasy element and world building. I couldn’t figure out the plot or direction and the events seemed to be disjointed. I’m glad I chose to listen to the story as I’m not sure I would have continued. But! About halfway into it, things started making more sense and I became interested in the fantasy structure. I liked that there was sort of a classification of the creatures and beings. And, while there was a good versus evil component, there was lots of gray within each group.
The dialogue and interactions between Clary, Simon and the Shadowhunters are still a bit tedious for me but I’m intrigued by how it ended. Things got a bit more complicated and murky, enough for me to want to stay with the series. I elevated my rating because of how dramatically my opinion and interest shifted. Not the strongest start but good enough. And, the narrator seems to fit Clary like a glove.
- Release Date: March 27, 2007
- Series: The Mortal Instruments
- Narrator: Ari Graynor
- Audio Length: 14 hours, 12 minutes