Author: Cassandra Clare
Published: 2010 by Walker (first published 2008 & 2009)
Read: December 2013
Categories: Fiction, Young Adult, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Why they made it to the top of the pile: I watched the movie version of the first book in the series, City of Bones, and wanted to see what happened next.
Trivia Tidbit: These are the second and third books in The Mortal Instruments series. There are six books in the series, the last of which, City of Heavenly Fire, is scheduled for release in May 2014
Full Disclosure: Purchased (Kindle edition)
In City of Ashes, Valentine is in New York for the Mortal Sword, and in City of Glass the action moves to Alicante where Valentine is looking for the Mortal Mirror. The series in wide-ranging and interesting, is occasionally complicated by love triangles and forbidden love, and is essentially about choosing good over evil. It reminded me very much of the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher with its many references to runes and the laws of the fantasy world and the presence of flawed characters who, while essentially good, sometimes make bad choices. It also prompts comparisons to the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, especially in relation to Valentine and the Circle, the group Valentine originally brought together to combat the Clave, since disbanded with its prior members disgraced and with divided loyalties.
There are six books in the series, and while I will read the remaining three I think I'll leave it for a while. Just like Dresden's world, I need to come up for air between adventures into Clary's world to appreciate it better.