City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
While I had read the first book before, I had not read this one! I loved it of course, as I mentioned in a post not too long ago. For the sake of this, rather short post I am going to compare His Mortal Instruments to Harry Potter. I love them both, and I don’t have a favourite and that’s okay.
But let’s look at the similarities.
Both stories centre around a character who has grown up in the regular world, only to discover that they are in fact the children of supernatural beings and there is an entire world they have been unaware of their whole lives. They learn that an enemy everyone thought was dead is not, and is in fact coming after them. They learn that their parents were part of a secret order and together, with a group of friends and a slightly unusual power, even in this magical world, they defeat the big evil.
Of course, they are also very different. Mortal Instruments starts older – the issues it explores are more about identity, love, parent and child relationships, sexuality and the nature of good and bad. They are older, they have a more complex idea good and evil, their struggles with relationships are more about sexuality and expression and parents are really striped of any hero status.
It’s amazing how different those two stories turned out.
Also I could not adore Magnus Bane more. It’s simply not possible.
Last movie I watched:
A piece of Cinderella III. I didn’t love it, but the kid who I was watching it really seemed to enjoy it
Last TV show I watched:
Shadowhunters. I’m getting over it. Just not quite there yet.