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Jan 28, 2013

Book Review: Shadowhunters & Downworlders (A Mortal Instruments Reader)

Shadowhunters & Downworlders (A mortal instruments reader)

Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, epic urban fantasy set in a richly imagined world of shadowhunters, vampires, werewolves, fairies, and more, has captured the imaginations and loyalty of hundreds of thousands of YA readers. Originally a trilogy (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass), the series has extended to six titles, plus a prequel trilogy, the Infernal Devices, and a planned sequel series, the Dark Artifices. A feature film is planned for 2013. 
Shadowhunters and Downworlders, edited by Clare (who provides an introduction to the book and to each piece), is a collection of YA authors writing about the series and its world.


For a girl crazy and completely in love with TMI series, this book called Shadowhunters and Downworlders was a wonderful thing. Because let's be honest, Cassie killed us by revealing that the last book in the series would be released until 2014 ... A whole year without my favorite series... devastating.
But hey! We had the end of the Infernal Devices, and although Clockwork Princess is set in the world of the Shadowhunters, it isn’t just the same. Some of us need to read more about Simon ... ok, maybe just me. Actually most of you might want to read more about Clary and Jace, I know! I also love them and want to read more of them. But personally I was looking for more about Simon.

Returning Shadowhunters and Downworlders (sorry, when I have to talk about series that I really love, I cannot stop, the words just come out), is a book with different point of views of successful authors who are also fans of this series as much (or more) than we do. So reading this book was like listening to the words of a friend who understands me, thinks the same, and possibly have done some searching to explain something that we may not understand at first glance.
I must say that my chapter (or story) favorite was the number 2 called "The Art of War (Never Underestimate The Girl with the Sketchbook)" by the author Sarah Cross.
This writer described Clary as a heroine in such a detailed and sweet manner that we can only fully agree with her point of view. She makes comparisons with other heroines who have great fighting skills while Clary wins our hearts (and fights) with nothing but his art.

And so it goes, one story after another of opinions not only by fans of the series, but professionals who know what they do and love Cassandra Clare's writing which only confirm how well she created the characters and the world of the Shadowhunters.

This is a book for fans of TMI. It is written in a clear manner and easily understandable. With notes and quotes from the books which
serve as evidence of what is being discussed. A talk with people who understand and speak to us in a loving, funny (and even sarcastic) way about the characters (or moment) of our favorite books.

Shadowhunters and Downworlders is a great book for those who have loved the world where these wonderful beings live.


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