The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is a young adult, urban fantasy novel. It is the first novel in The Mortal Instruments series and was first published in 2007. The novel is set in modern day New York City and follows the life of a 15-year-old girl named Clarissa Fray who uncovers the secret Shadow World. When she runs into the mysterious character of Jace Wayland, he introduces her to the horrors of New York City, with the vampires in Brooklyn and the werewolves in Manhattan. Her mother is kidnapped by the Shadow World's most feared man who is presumed dead and Clary is caught in a war between worlds.
The novel explores very important themes. One of the most important themes throughout is friendship. Clary Fray and her best friend Simon Lewis have known each other since they were younger and have become closer than siblings. When Clary's mother is kidnapped, Simon is fiercely loyal and is there for Clary throughout.
When Simon is turned into a rat at Magnus Bane, The High Warlock of Brooklyn's cat's birthday celebration and taken by vampires as a bargaining chip, Clary refuses to follow the rules of the Clave (the court) and risks everything to save him. She even almost sacrifices her life.
Jace Wayland and his adoptive brother, Alec Lightwood have one of the closest friendships in the book. They are parabatai which means that when they are in battle, their hearts beat as one and if one dies, the other literally dies a little bit inside. Their souls are intertwined with one another. This shows that they have an unbreakable bond.
Clare effectively shows the importance of close friends and expresses the idea that your friends are effectively your chosen family.
In my opinion, this is one of my favourite book series' and it is very relatable, I like the idea that your family is not fixed and you can choose who they are.