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Shadowhunters and Downworlders


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Cassandra Clare is the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and USA TODAY bestselling author of the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices trilogies of young adult fantasy novels. Her first book, City of Bones, was a 2007 Locus Award finalist for Best First Novel. Her books have been translated into 32 languages. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two cats.


This anthology of essays explores Clare's Mortal Instruments series and its characters, offering different interpretations of the books and exploring their deeper meaning. For fans, this anthology will enrich their appreciation of the series, and for those unfamiliar with Clare's work, it will pique their curiosity. In this audio edition, narrators Emily Beresford, Luke Daniels, and Tanya Eby deliver solid, but not particularly compelling, performances. The use of multiple narrators helps distinguish each essay in the collection, but it might have been rewarding to fans if Clare had read her introduction to the book. A Smart Pop paperback. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Gr 9 Up-Cassandra Clare, author of the "Mortal Instruments" series (S & S), has gathered a collection of essays (Amart Pop, 2013) by fellow fantasy authors analyzing the characters, setting, and themes of her popular young adult novels. "Why the Best Friend Never Gets the Girl" by Kami Garcia, author of the "Beautiful Creatures" series, describes the relationship between main characters Simon and Clary, and compares the book with major films, such as Pretty in Pink, and The Outsiders. Kendare Blake takes on incest and discusses Jace and Clary's forbidden relationship and how it infuses the stories with dramatic tension. Sarah Rees Brennan's stream-of-consciousness essay, "What Does That Deviant Wench Think She's Doing?," is by far the most engaging of the chapters. She dishes the dirt, dealing with all of the deviant drama in the "Mortal Instruments" books. The recording is admirably performed by Emily Beresford, Luke Daniels, and Tanya Eby who alternate chapters. Although the essays are self-indulgent and uneven in quality, die-hard fans of the series will be interested in digging deeper into Clare's fantasy world, especially with the August 2013 release of the film, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Only for libraries with extensive fantasy collections.-Lisa Hubler, Charles F. Brush High School, Lyndhurst, OH (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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