Shadowhunters, also known as Nephilim, are a secretive race of humans born with angelic blood; their mandate is to protect humans. Throughout the series of The Mortal Instruments, readers follow the lives of a group of shadowhunters and other unworldly things and the challenges that they face. These books take the reader on a journey to another world and have a magical feel to them.
The Mortal Instruments, written by Cassandra Clare, follows the lives of Clary Fray, and her love interest Jace Wayland. Other major characters include Simon (Clary’s best friend) and Alec and Isabelle, Jace’s “siblings” (not blood related). The series has five books so far; the 6th and last book of the series comes out next May entitled “City of Heavenly Fire.”
These books fall under the young-adult fiction and fantasy genre because not everyone in the story is human and other features of the story are fictional. The make-believe aspect of the series is tastefully done and does not make the books seem childish, but rather adds to the magical feel of the books.
Originally, the series was supposed to be a trilogy and only include the first three books: “City of Bones”, “City of Ashes” and “City of Glass.” Fans had a positive reaction to the series and the fan base grew to outrageous proportions. Thankfully, Clare then made the intelligent decision to keep writing and expand the series to six books.
Just as a warning, these books will mess with reader’s emotions. Readers laugh, readers cry and there will be times readers will want to scream and throw the book at the wall; this is completely normal. In the books, people die, hearts are broken, people are betrayed by the ones they love; it really is heartwrenching to read. The most heartwrenching scene in the entire series occurs at the end of the first book, “City of Bones”. The main characters, Jace and Clary, receive some unfortunate news. This unfortunate news is so devastating not only to the characters, but to the readers as well. Readers will probably either cry, scream or curse Clare for ending the book the way she did. It’s an emotional series to say the least.
May 2014 is the release date for the last installment of the series, “City of Heavenly Fire”. It has been almost two years since the last book was released, making “City of Heavenly Fire” the most awaited book of the series. As the book series comes to a close, the movie adaptations of the books have just begun. Last August, “City of Bones”, was released in theatres and received good feedback from the fan base, but not so well feedback from critics. The second film, “City of Ashes”, began filming earlier this year, but was recently canceled due to the lack of money City of Bones brought in.
By Emily Best A&E editor