Search Results: "Cassandra Clare"


BOOK REVIEW

CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Clare
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 27, 2014

"Bloated. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
The myriad magical, societal and romantic story threads of two series and nine books conclude without living up to the series' purple promise. Read full book review >

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SHADOWHUNTERS AND DOWNWORLDERS by Cassandra Clare
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"Self-serving, but enjoyable for committed fans. (Nonfiction 15-18)"
A selection of essays about the Mortal Instruments series edited by the series' author offers a couple of gems and a lot that's not. Read full book review >

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THE IRON TRIAL by Holly Black
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"A promising beginning to a complex exploration of good and evil, as well as friendship's loyalty. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
Book 1 in the five-book fantasy series introduces the Magisterium, a training school for young mages that is located in underground caverns in Virginia. Read full book review >

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CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 19, 2013

"The unusual, satisfyingly indulgent conclusion will leave fans emotionally satiated. (Steampunk. 13-17)"
Politics, clockworks and epic angst complete this slow but satisfying finale to The Infernal Devices trilogy. Read full book review >

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FANTASY
Released: March 25, 2008

"Despite hints that Jace's parentage is in question, the incestuous overtones might be too disturbing for some. (Fantasy. YA)"
In City of Bones (2007), normal teenager Clary discovered she was a Shadowhunter, long-lost daughter of murdering megalomaniac Valentine—and therefore the sister of her new boyfriend Jace. Read full book review >

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FANTASY
Released: March 27, 2007

"Lush and fun. (Fantasy. YA)"
This urban-fantasy series opener spices its fight against evil with sexual tension. Read full book review >

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CITY OF LOST SOULS by Cassandra Clare
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 8, 2012

"Fans of the familiar will find this an unchallenging goth-and-glitter pleasure. (Fantasy. 13-16)"
What with the race to save Jace from the new Big Bad, wonderful secondary characters get short shrift. Read full book review >

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CLOCKWORK PRINCE by Cassandra Clare
FANTASY
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"A purple page turner. (Fantasy. 13-16)"
This sequel to Clockwork Angel (2010) pits gorgeous, attractively broken teens against a menacing evil. Read full book review >

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CITY OF GLASS by Cassandra Clare
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 24, 2009

"Derivative though it may be, melodramatic emotional wallowing has never been so much fun. (Fantasy. YA)"
How could things possibly work out for Shadowhunter Clary in this trilogy conclusion? Read full book review >

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THE COPPER GAUNTLET by Holly Black
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Both a successful addition to the middle-grade magic school genre and a satisfying sequel. (Fantasy. 9-13) "
Book 2 in the middle-grade Magisterium fantasy series delves deeper into its protagonist's connection with the Enemy of Death. Read full book review >

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THE BANE CHRONICLES by Cassandra Clare
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Only for series completists and fans of Magnus Bane—but who isn't a fan of Magnus Bane? (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Eleven short stories about two centuries in the life of everyone's favorite bisexual, biracial, immortal warlock from Clare's hyperpopular Shadowhunters series, most previously published in electronic-only editions. Read full book review >

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CLOCKWORK ANGEL by Cassandra Clare
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 31, 2010

"The tale drags in places, but this crowdpleaser's tension-filled conclusion ratchets toward a new set of mysteries. (Steampunk. 13-15)"
A century before the events of Clare's Mortal Instruments trilogy, another everyday heroine gets entangled with demon-slaying Shadowhunters. Read full book review >