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City of Bones
COB cover, repackaged
Information
Author/s

Cassandra Clare

Cover artist Cliff Nielsen
Narrator

Ari Graynor
Mae Whitman

Release Date March 27, 2007 (US)
July 2, 2007 (UK)
Publisher Simon & Schuster
(Margaret K. McElderry)
Cover

Jace Wayland

Series
The Mortal Instruments
 1  2  3  4  5  6
Chronology
Preceded by
Clockwork Princess
Followed by
City of Ashes
Release order
Released after
N/A
Released before
City of Ashes

City of Bones is the first novel in The Mortal Instruments series written by Cassandra Clare.

Description

When 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 odd markings. This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons — and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line. It's also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace. 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 by an ordinary mundane like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...

Chapters

Part One: Dark Descent

  1. Pandemonium
  2. Secrets and Lies
  3. Shadowhunter
  4. Ravener
  5. Clave and Covenant
  6. Forsaken
  7. The Five-Dimensional Door
  8. Weapon of Choice
  9. The Circle and the Brotherhood

Part Two: Easy is the Descent

  1. City of Bones
  2. Magnus Bane
  3. Dead Man's Party
  1. The Memory of Whiteness
  2. The Hotel Dumort
  3. High and Dry
  4. Falling Angels
  5. The Midnight Flower
  6. The Mortal Cup
  7. Abbadon
  8. In Rat's Alley

Part Three: The Descent Beckons

  1. The Werewolf's Tale
  2. Renwick's Ruin
  3. Valentine

Epilogue

Characters

Shadowhunters

  • Clary Fray - the main protagonist of the series, Clary is a Shadowhunter who grew up in the mundane world.
  • Jace Wayland - one of the most skilled Shadowhunters of his generation, Jace is an orphan who witnessed his father's death.
  • Alec Lightwood - the eldest Lightwood and Jace's parabatai, Alec is very protective of his family and finds himself not trusting Clary, whom Jace is inexplicably drawn to.
  • Isabelle Lightwood - Alec's beautiful younger sister, Isabelle is a strong and fierce Shadowhunter, as well as a rebellious daughter.
  • Valentine Morgenstern - the notorious leader of the Circle, believed to be dead for over a decade.
  • Jocelyn Fray - Clary's mother who goes missing, kidnapped by Valentine.
  • Hodge Starkweather - the tutor of the New York Institute, cursed to forever be unable to leave the Institute grounds because of his past treachery.

Mundanes

  • Simon Lewis - Clary's geeky, mundane best friend who inevitably joins Clary and the Shadowhunters because of his feelings for her.
  • Madame Dorothea - a hedge-witch who has lived in the same building as the Frays for years.

Downworlders

more...

Gallery

Covers

Art

AT Clary COB Poster

Special edition poster of Clary by Alexander Taini

Special content

  • Repackaged US/Canada paperback edition: The repackaged and updated version of the books' paperback, released on September 1, 2015, includes minor corrections and changes, a map of Shadowhunter New York and new exclusive content written by Cassandra Clare,[1][2][3] including a new foreword and the extra story When Midnight Comes.
  • Limited repackaged hardbound edition: A hardbound City of Bones with the new cover art (normally, from September, the repackaged editions are only in paperback while the hardbound editions will be printed with the original designs; this will be a special, limited edition) which will also contain the maps from the repackaged paperbacks, a poster of Clary done by Alexander Taini, and a brand new extra: the beginning of the book rewritten from Jace's point of view called Awake.[4][5]
  • 10th Anniversary Special Edition: A special edition to be released on November 7, 2017 to commemorate the book's 10-year anniversary since its first release. It will feature new cover art, gilded edges, over thirty interior illustrations, six new full-page color portraits of characters, four bonus stories that have previously appeared in limited distribution, a new piece written by Cassandra Clare,[6] and will contain the "Clave's files" on Jace, Clary, Alec, Isabelle, Raphael, Magnus, and Church, which will specify their birthdays,[7] their scars and Marks, and the Clave's analysis of their personalities.[8]

Film adaptation

The film adaptation of the book, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, was released on August 21, 2013. Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower starred as Clary Fray and Jace Wayland, respectively, and the film was directed by Harald Zwart. The film was set to be the first of at least a trilogy; the poor reception, however, led to the cancellation of future plans and the eventual reboot into a TV series.

Trivia

  • The original (now hardbound) cover features Jace Wayland, the skyline of New York City and the graves found in the Silent City. The repackaged (paperback) cover also features Jace (with the model the same as the one on the original City of Lost Souls cover), this time kneeling and reaching for the Mortal Cup's tarot card on the ground, wearing his Morgenstern family ring on one hand and a sword in the other, and the Enkeli rune behind him.
  • The Jace on the original cover was in fact two people edited and put together as one.[9]
  • The title refers to the Silent City, which is sometimes referred to as the City of Bones.
  • The book is told from different points of views, namely from: Clary and Jace, and briefly in a demon's and Luke's.
  • Cassandra Clare is good friends with the author Holly Black. Both have references each other's works in their own books.
    • Stepping Razor, a band Clary was listening to in her room, is the name of Ellen Fierch's band in Holly Black's Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale. (chapter 2, Secrets and Lies)
    • Val and Luis, characters from Valiant, are seen by Clary during a carriage ride on the way to the Silent City. (chapter 10, City of Bones)

References

Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunter Chronicles
The Mortal Instruments
City of Bones City of Ashes City of Glass
City of Fallen Angels City of Lost Souls City of Heavenly Fire
The Infernal Devices The Dark Artifices
Clockwork Angel Lady Midnight
Clockwork Prince Lord of Shadows
Clockwork Princess The Queen of Air and Darkness
The Last Hours The Eldest Curses
Chain of Gold The Lost Book of the White
Chain of Iron The Black Volume of the Dead
Chain of Thorns The Red Scrolls of Magic
The Bane Chronicles Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
What Really Happened in Peru Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy
The Runaway Queen The Lost Herondale
Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale The Whitechapel Fiend
The Midnight Heir Nothing but Shadows
The Rise of the Hotel Dumort The Evil We Love
Saving Raphael Santiago Pale Kings and Princes
The Fall of the Hotel Dumort Bitter of Tongue
What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything The Fiery Trial
The Last Stand of the New York Institute Born to Endless Night
The Course of True Love (And First Dates) Angels Twice Descending
Upcoming
The Wicked Powers
The Mortal Instruments graphic novel
Companion books
The Shadowhunter's Codex
A History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of the Downworld
The Official Mortal Instruments Coloring Book
Adaptations
City of Bones: The Graphic Novel
The Infernal Devices: Manga Series
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments

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