When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .
I fell in love with this book right from the moment that I picked it up. The idea is intriguing; that there are people out there who can see Demons, and actually fight them. After reading a lot of books written in first person recently, I was wary to pick this up. I like to feel close to the character, and this is hard to achieve in third person. But I can report that I wasn’t disappointed at all! This book has really restored my faith in third person narratives.
I liked the main character, Clary, from the moment she was introduced. She was different from a lot of book characters. She was curious, and wasn’t afraid to get her point across. The first chapter in Pandemonium really defines her character.
Simon, Clary’s best friend, really makes me laugh. He was an instantly likable character, like most of the other people really!
I have two words for you, that changed my life, forever: Jace. Wayland. Jace is really one of my favourite love interests. He made me laugh and cry, mostly at the same time! I find myself daydreaming about him in the middle of the day in school, when I’m supposed to be doing work! He really is a bad influence on me!
Alec and Isabelle Lightwood really added something to the book. I loved how much they loved each other, and loved Jace, too. They’re love was real, as well, and you could tell how passionate they were about Shadowhunting.
The overall plot was played really well, and by the end I was sat on the edge of my seat. At the end there is a massive twist and I was screaming in frustration at points! I wanted to do something to help! Cassandra Clare has created a whole universe, where I want to live all year round! It really is truly amazing!
MY RATING: 5/5