Welcome to New York in the Future

The City of Bones

By Cassandra Clare


This is the first book in The Mortal Instruments series. The Protagonist is named Clary Fray. When Clary is fifteen, her mother is murdered by a Ravener demon, and she discovers that she is a Shadowhunter. She is then thrown into a series of misfortunes when a former Shadowhunter by the name of Valentine threatens to steal the Mortal Instruments and create an army.

Key Locations in the Book

How does the Setting Effect the Plot of the Book?

The setting of the book caused the characters to undergo many challenges. New York, being the busy city that it is, made finding people near impossible. It seems only fitting that the antagonist, as well as the less friendly creatures mentioned sought out their home base in all of the abandoned buildings and structures. The crowded city makes it all the more easier to conceal the world that can not be seem by human eyes. If this book were set here in Richmond instead of New York, I do not think that the plot would be as dramatic as it was portrayed in the book. New York is the big city full of diversity, mysteries, and skyscrapers. If the story were set elsewhere, most of the action and mystery would have been eliminated from the book.

How the Setting Affects the Mood of the Story

This story is set in New York City. I think that this was a very appropriate choice because to gives the illusion of normalcy. Everything is chaotic, but you would expect that coming from New York. And as a result of all the chaos, it is easier to hide things, to hide secrets. The setting in the book is described as being ordinary, but you can tell from the start of the story that something is off, nothing is that normal. From the point of view of the main character ( Clary Fray ) the setting gives off an eerie, mysterious vibe. But that is only fitting when you discover a completely different world hiding under your nose.

Main Characters in the Book

Judith Rumelt (Cassandra Clare)

Judith Rumelt is better known by her pen name of Cassandra Clare. She was written many series of books such as The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. She was born in Iran and spent most of her childhood traveling Europe. In high school she began writing fan fiction under the name Cassandra Clare. She then deleted these works just before the publishing of her first book.