The Mortal Instruments

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city of bones      To love is to destroy…

     Jace, the hero of this series of three novels, The Mortal Instruments trilogy: City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass written by Cassandra Clare, believed that in his life.

     The Mortal Instruments is a fantasy for young adult. This boy, Jace, is one of main characters, and weaves the story with the heroine Clary. And don’t forget that it has another important character, Simon. Jace is 17, and Clary and Simon are 16 years old.

     Clary and Simon have been friends from childhood and lived in Brooklyn. They spend a lot of time together, and they go to a club together that night, too. In the club, Clary witnesses a murder by a teenage group in for a surprise. But who is surprised is not only her but also those teens. “Mundane” can’t see them. “A mundie girl,” he said, half to himself. “And she can see us.”city of ashes

     They ―Jace, Alec and Isabele― are “Shadowhunters”, which is a kind of secret police in another world. They chase bad “Downworlders”, that is, demons, werewolves, or vampires, and kill them if it’s necessity. They find a demon entering to the club and kill it, when Clary sees the scene by accident. But Simon doesn’t know what’s happening there because he can’t see anything. For him, everything is normal. That is, there’s no murder and no teenage gang in the club for him.

     Next day, Clary meets Jace again at a café, where she and Simon go together. 

    “ So, who is it, then?” Clary asked. She was about to add  that if he were in love with Sheila Barbarino, Eric would kick his ass, when she heard someone cough loudly behind her. It was a derisive sort of cough, the kind of noise someone might make who was trying not to laugh out loud.    
     She turned around.
     
     Sitting on a faded green sofa a few feet away from her was Jace. He was wearing the same dark clothes he’d had on the night before in the club.city of glass

     That is when Simon tries to declare his love for Clary. He has been in love with her since he was five years old, but she hasn’t noticed it at all and has never thought of it because for her he is like a brother.

     “What is it?” Simon had followed her gaze, but it was obvious from the blank expression on his face that he couldn’t see Jace. So, Clary makes excuses to Simon and goes out of the café to talk to Jace outside.  “I was laughing at you because declarations of love amuse me, especially when unrequited,” he said. “And because your Simon is one of the most mundane mundanes I’ve ever encountered. And because Hodge thought you might be dangerous, but if you are, you certainly don’t know it.”

     And then, Clary gets involved in another world about which she has never known its existence and comes to play an important role there…Actually, the story consists of not only paranormal fantasy things but also many kinds of love, such as a love triangle (Oh, maybe, it’s a love hexagonal or a love octagonal…), family love, almost incestuous affair, homosexual love, and of course friendship…

     As for the word of “To love is to destroy”, Jace has believed it for a long time, but he comes to know true love by meeting Clary. “…And even back then, in that stupid coffee shop, when I saw you sitting on that couch with Simon, even then that felt wrong to me ― I should have been the one sitting with you. The one who made you laugh like that….”

     Hey, are you getting interested in what happens to Jace, Clary, and Simon? Actually, Simon also gets involved in that world and now he is not a human…it seems that the fourth book is coming next year, and which focuses on Simon. I can’t wait to read it!

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments)
City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments)
City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments)

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