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The first installment of Cassandra Clare's bestselling urban fantasy series, The Mortal Instruments, is adapted into a graphic novel series! Hanging out with her best friend, Simon, is just about the most exciting thing in Clary's life...that is, until she realizes there are people only she can see. But when her mother disappears and a monster attacks her, Clary has to embr The first installment of Cassandra Clare's bestselling urban fantasy series, The Mortal Instruments, is adapted into a graphic novel series! Hanging out with her best friend, Simon, is just about the most exciting thing in Clary's life...that is, until she realizes there are people only she can see. But when her mother disappears and a monster attacks her, Clary has to embrace a world that she never even knew existed--a world full of vampires, werewolves, demons, and those who fight for the humans, Shadowhunters...


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The first installment of Cassandra Clare's bestselling urban fantasy series, The Mortal Instruments, is adapted into a graphic novel series! Hanging out with her best friend, Simon, is just about the most exciting thing in Clary's life...that is, until she realizes there are people only she can see. But when her mother disappears and a monster attacks her, Clary has to embr The first installment of Cassandra Clare's bestselling urban fantasy series, The Mortal Instruments, is adapted into a graphic novel series! Hanging out with her best friend, Simon, is just about the most exciting thing in Clary's life...that is, until she realizes there are people only she can see. But when her mother disappears and a monster attacks her, Clary has to embrace a world that she never even knew existed--a world full of vampires, werewolves, demons, and those who fight for the humans, Shadowhunters...

30 review for The Mortal Instruments: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    I somehow ended up loving this, when I honestly thought I'd hate it. I'm not a massive fan of City of Bones, I much prefer Cassandra Clare's later works, but I felt the story worked REALLY well as a graphic novel. It was fun to relive the story through this format! Excited for the next volume. I somehow ended up loving this, when I honestly thought I'd hate it. I'm not a massive fan of City of Bones, I much prefer Cassandra Clare's later works, but I felt the story worked REALLY well as a graphic novel. It was fun to relive the story through this format! Excited for the next volume.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Josu Grilli

    Otra versión de la historia, ¡y super entretenida! No sabía exactamente qué esperarme de esta novela gráfica, la verdad. El estilo de Cassandra Jean me gusta pero no me termina de convencer. Sin embargo, en este caso, lo ha hecho. YAS! En este primer volumen encontramos la primera parte del libro de Ciudad de Hueso, o incluso un poco menos. La historia se desarrolla con agilidad, los dibujos acompañan muy bien a la trama, y creo que se le dedica el tiempo justo a todo. Es decir, cuando algo requer Otra versión de la historia, ¡y super entretenida! No sabía exactamente qué esperarme de esta novela gráfica, la verdad. El estilo de Cassandra Jean me gusta pero no me termina de convencer. Sin embargo, en este caso, lo ha hecho. YAS! En este primer volumen encontramos la primera parte del libro de Ciudad de Hueso, o incluso un poco menos. La historia se desarrolla con agilidad, los dibujos acompañan muy bien a la trama, y creo que se le dedica el tiempo justo a todo. Es decir, cuando algo requería más tiempo para contextualizar, Cassandra Jean no escatimaba en páginas. Eso me ha gustado, porque he sentido que puede funcionar de manera independiente de la saga de libros. Sirve para nuevos fans, sí. No le pongo más estrellas porque está bien, pero no me ha flipado. Tampoco esperaba que lo hiciera. El detalle de incluir a los personajes principales a color al principio me ha encantado. Lo recomiendo para fans y para no fans, aunque como no hay fecha del siguiente volumen, os diría que lo intentarais con los libros.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Now I'm no expert on these matters, so I don't know what I'm looking for here... It was okay to say this is my first ever Graphic Novel. It's just a shame it's not the full version and there's a second part. The things I liked? - We got to see the Falcon story Jace tells Clary - Little bits of pieces, there's a book on Peru in Magnus's room which was very fitting! - The height difference between Jace and Clary was so cute! - CHURCH! Anytime I see anything church related I can't help but smile... - We g Now I'm no expert on these matters, so I don't know what I'm looking for here... It was okay to say this is my first ever Graphic Novel. It's just a shame it's not the full version and there's a second part. The things I liked? - We got to see the Falcon story Jace tells Clary - Little bits of pieces, there's a book on Peru in Magnus's room which was very fitting! - The height difference between Jace and Clary was so cute! - CHURCH! Anytime I see anything church related I can't help but smile... - We got quite a lot of information and it was really easy to follow - Rat Simon was so adorable What I didn't like? - The drawings sometimes seemed off, I don't know how to put it, I'd seen Cassandra Jeans previous work and it wasn't like what she had drawn before for the series. - I'm salty it wasn't the full version OKAY - Why was Simons hair dotted? - Izzi looked really really odd... Overall, not what I expected, but still pretty enjoyable!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

    Although I haven’t read the original book, I knew some of the things that were gonna happen from the movie and the show. The illustrations were really good and I will definitely read the other graphic novels in this series! 👏🏻❤️

  5. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Faliq ☼

    i saw this book at my library today, and of course, your mortal instruments lovin’ girl had to pick this up. i loved this so much! i finished it one hour, and literally loved it. the illustrations are cute and the entire book just made me feel really happy and nostalgic. I’ll probably be checking this book out from my library every month since it just makes me really happy to read. <3

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alice (Married To Books)

    Currently available to read via Kindle Unlimited! Just going to warn you now readers, it is controversial opinion time. I preferred this graphic novel format to the novel City of Bones (which I read a while back and only gave 3 stars to!) so here is why I preferred this more. Just from reading this visual edition, I understood the characters and the story-line a lot easier than before. I liked the artwork and fast pacing throughout. Maybe the series will be more enjoyable for me if I read these v Currently available to read via Kindle Unlimited! Just going to warn you now readers, it is controversial opinion time. I preferred this graphic novel format to the novel City of Bones (which I read a while back and only gave 3 stars to!) so here is why I preferred this more. Just from reading this visual edition, I understood the characters and the story-line a lot easier than before. I liked the artwork and fast pacing throughout. Maybe the series will be more enjoyable for me if I read these volumes rather than the books themselves? Time will tell...

  7. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    I didn't even realize until reading this, but I miss my TMI babies so damn much. This is a gorgeous adaptation and I am absolutely in awe of how perfectly the artist captured these characters! I didn't even realize until reading this, but I miss my TMI babies so damn much. This is a gorgeous adaptation and I am absolutely in awe of how perfectly the artist captured these characters!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    ¡Lo ame! Me llego hoy y me lo leí en una hora. Tenia muchísimas ganas de volver a leer Cazadores de Sombras pero sentía que leer el libro iba a ocuparme tiempo de mas, así que este novela gráfica me vino perfecto. Tiene una estética muy de manga, lo que hizo que lo ame mas! De mas esta decir que las ilustraciones de Cassandra Jean son PRECIOSAS, GENIALES Y LO MEJOR DEL MUNDO . Me encanta su manera de ilustrar, les recomiendo que la sigan en tumblr o alguna otra red social y vean sus otros tra ¡Lo ame! Me llego hoy y me lo leí en una hora. Tenia muchísimas ganas de volver a leer Cazadores de Sombras pero sentía que leer el libro iba a ocuparme tiempo de mas, así que este novela gráfica me vino perfecto. Tiene una estética muy de manga, lo que hizo que lo ame mas! De mas esta decir que las ilustraciones de Cassandra Jean son PRECIOSAS, GENIALES Y LO MEJOR DEL MUNDO . Me encanta su manera de ilustrar, les recomiendo que la sigan en tumblr o alguna otra red social y vean sus otros trabajos que son geniales! Edit: leí un par de reseñas donde se "quejaban" de las ilustraciones de Cassandra en esta novela gráfica. Me parece que hay que entender que no es lo mismo hacer dibujos aislados (como las cartas de Tarot) y tener que ilustrar toda una secuencia. Si algunx leyó la novela gráfica "Reindeer boys" se van a dar cuenta que el estilo de Cassandra Jean es así

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Who knew this was so funny? I loved this first graphic novel instalment of TMI! *big shock* I have never read any of Cassandra Clare's books, (despite owning the whole TMI and TID series) but I wanted to try out TMI in graphic novel format first before I fully committed myself to the novels which are waaay thicker. After reading this introductory volume, I'm really very intrigued by the plot and how it will continue. I loved Jace and Magnus but I think my favourite is Alec *swoon* I have read the Who knew this was so funny? I loved this first graphic novel instalment of TMI! *big shock* I have never read any of Cassandra Clare's books, (despite owning the whole TMI and TID series) but I wanted to try out TMI in graphic novel format first before I fully committed myself to the novels which are waaay thicker. After reading this introductory volume, I'm really very intrigued by the plot and how it will continue. I loved Jace and Magnus but I think my favourite is Alec *swoon* I have read the manga adaptation of TID and found the artwork stronger and much more detailed than the illustrations here; however, this did not detract away from my enjoyment of volume one and I shall definitely be continuing on with the series (and finally reading the full-length novels)!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anali

    Leí The Mortal Instruments: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 principalmente por curiosidad. Era muy fan de la trilogía original y leí los libros hace mucho tiempo. Además, también vi la serie y las películas. Han hecho cosas buenas, malas y regulares con estas novelas, pero me gusta lo suficiente para mantener mi interés cada vez que aparece algo nuevo. En cuanto a este volumen, tengo que admitir que no estuvo mal. Esperé algo peor, pero la historia es fiel a la novela original y la portada es muy boni Leí The Mortal Instruments: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 principalmente por curiosidad. Era muy fan de la trilogía original y leí los libros hace mucho tiempo. Además, también vi la serie y las películas. Han hecho cosas buenas, malas y regulares con estas novelas, pero me gusta lo suficiente para mantener mi interés cada vez que aparece algo nuevo. En cuanto a este volumen, tengo que admitir que no estuvo mal. Esperé algo peor, pero la historia es fiel a la novela original y la portada es muy bonita. El arte, en general, no me convenció del todo. Siento que estan un poco diferentes a sus descripciones originales: Jace me pareció un poco desgarbado, Clary casi parece una niña, Isabelle parece una hippie, Magnus no me gustó y Alec está ok. Casi me olvido de Simon (jajaja lo siento, nunca fue mi personaje favorito en las primeras novelas), él también está ok. A pesar de todo, seguramente leeré el segundo volumen. Me gusta la historia y siempre es agradable recordarla.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Paula (lovebookscl)

    El amor que tengo por la forma en que dibuja Cassandra Jean es INFINITO. Es que captan el aura de la historia 100%, no puedo imaginar de ninguna otra forma a los personajes más que la forma en que salen en esta novela gráfica. No puedo decir mucho de las escenas, porque son las mismas que aparecen en los libros. Solo decir que creo que se eligieron muy bien qué escenas colocar, tiene de todo un poco: escenas graciosas, otras más tensas, etc. Eso, también amo el detalle de las páginas en color. Bel El amor que tengo por la forma en que dibuja Cassandra Jean es INFINITO. Es que captan el aura de la historia 100%, no puedo imaginar de ninguna otra forma a los personajes más que la forma en que salen en esta novela gráfica. No puedo decir mucho de las escenas, porque son las mismas que aparecen en los libros. Solo decir que creo que se eligieron muy bien qué escenas colocar, tiene de todo un poco: escenas graciosas, otras más tensas, etc. Eso, también amo el detalle de las páginas en color. Bellísimo.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Beatrice in Bookland

    I'm not the biggest fan of graphic novels but The mortal instruments is the series that got me into reading and it's always gonna be a favorite of mine so of course I bought this new release! And well, I love Cassandra Jean's drawings and the characters really look like how I've pictured them in my head. I didn't give 5 full stars just because the story moved too fast (even if this is just the first volume, the last scene is Magnus's party, before the Hotel Dumort's fight scene). I especially love I'm not the biggest fan of graphic novels but The mortal instruments is the series that got me into reading and it's always gonna be a favorite of mine so of course I bought this new release! And well, I love Cassandra Jean's drawings and the characters really look like how I've pictured them in my head. I didn't give 5 full stars just because the story moved too fast (even if this is just the first volume, the last scene is Magnus's party, before the Hotel Dumort's fight scene). I especially loved Jace's story about his falcon, the cute af height difference between Jace and Clary and Simon and Izzy's first kiss (!!!) There are also some coloured drawings of the six main characters at the beginning!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Romie

    Bless Cassandra Jean and her art. Bless. I'm sad we only had something like 1/3 of the book, but at the same time I'm glad because it means nothing from the original story will be cut. Bless Cassandra Jean and her art. Bless. I'm sad we only had something like 1/3 of the book, but at the same time I'm glad because it means nothing from the original story will be cut.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Initially I wasn’t taken with the art work which is very manga in style, but in the end really enjoyed it. This first volume was on Kindle Unlimited. Very sad the rest of the volumes are not!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kirra

    The Mortal Instruments is brought to life again with this new graphic novel inspired by the first novel in the largely popular series. I loved seeing this story again with illustrations and the condensed story and the whole book was over far too quickly. Overall, it was a nice adaption of the first book in series and it seemed like while they covered a fair amount of the story but at times it was disjointed and without a flow. I also thought the illustration of the characters didn’t really match The Mortal Instruments is brought to life again with this new graphic novel inspired by the first novel in the largely popular series. I loved seeing this story again with illustrations and the condensed story and the whole book was over far too quickly. Overall, it was a nice adaption of the first book in series and it seemed like while they covered a fair amount of the story but at times it was disjointed and without a flow. I also thought the illustration of the characters didn’t really match or was too childish to suit the young adults they are but is the author thinks the characters suit what she originally had in mind then that is good enough for me.

  16. 5 out of 5

    PhantomRin

    Just GREAT!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Keri

    3.5 stars I loved reading this and read it in basically two sittings. I’m not sure if I would’ve loved it as much had I not read the full novels of the mortal instruments though. It would be hard to tell. But as it was, I would 100% go back to these graphic if I need a quick Shadowhunter fix and/or refresh on the story but don’t have time for a full series reread. I didn’t like the art style quite as much as the first graphic novel I read a couple weeks back but it wasn’t bad. I definitely also wo 3.5 stars I loved reading this and read it in basically two sittings. I’m not sure if I would’ve loved it as much had I not read the full novels of the mortal instruments though. It would be hard to tell. But as it was, I would 100% go back to these graphic if I need a quick Shadowhunter fix and/or refresh on the story but don’t have time for a full series reread. I didn’t like the art style quite as much as the first graphic novel I read a couple weeks back but it wasn’t bad. I definitely also would’ve preferred color to black and white. I will definitely read the other volumes.

  18. 4 out of 5

    layla⚡

    an extra star for cassandra jean's art and for cassandra jean's art only an extra star for cassandra jean's art and for cassandra jean's art only

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kiera

    I love this Shadowhuter books but I didn't enjoy the graphic novel as much. I love this Shadowhuter books but I didn't enjoy the graphic novel as much.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Valery Tikappa

    Questo fumetto è stato un ritorno al passato, alla mia adolescenza e al mio fangirlare senza sosta. Shadowhunters - Città di ossa contiene i primi due volumi inglese del fumetto dedicato al primo volume di TMI e racconta il principio della storia di Jace e Clary, Izzy, Simon, Magnus e Alec. Non mi soffermo sulla trama nè sulla mia impressione riguardo ad essa, sapete che sono una grande fan di Shadowhunters e che un rilettura di Città di ossa, pur se in fumetto, è sempre un ottimo programma per me Questo fumetto è stato un ritorno al passato, alla mia adolescenza e al mio fangirlare senza sosta. Shadowhunters - Città di ossa contiene i primi due volumi inglese del fumetto dedicato al primo volume di TMI e racconta il principio della storia di Jace e Clary, Izzy, Simon, Magnus e Alec. Non mi soffermo sulla trama nè sulla mia impressione riguardo ad essa, sapete che sono una grande fan di Shadowhunters e che un rilettura di Città di ossa, pur se in fumetto, è sempre un ottimo programma per me. Parliamo invece dell'aspetto grafico del fumetto, di modo che sappiate cosa aspettarvi! Le tavole sono illustrate da Cassandra Jean, già illustratrice di Storia di Illustri Shadowhunters, e il suo tocco si nota. In primis perchè le caratteristiche fisiche dei personaggi disegnati sono le stesse del suo precedente lavoro, ma anche perchè non ha un tratto confusionario e caotico. Le sue tavole si concentrano sui protagonisti, lasciando la New York degli shadowhunters sullo sfondo, con tavole semplici seppur con dettagli. Sono i ragazzi i protagonisti ed, in quanto tali, mangiano la scena. Ci sono inoltre, all'inizio del fumetto, delle tavole a colori derivanti da Storia di Illustri Shadowhunters, di modo da agevolare l'immaginazione del lettore, dato che poi le tavole sono in bianco e nero. Non ci sono tagli rispetto alla storia originale, la Jean non tralascia nulla e, quando sorvola su piccoli particolari non troppo necessari al fine della trama, fa sempre in modo di far riassumere ciò che è successo fuori scena da uno dei personaggi, di modo che nulla venga rimosso o dimenticato. Cosa che ho apprezzato tanto, perchè non tutti i fumetti tratti da libri sono così fedeli. Insomma, questo librone - tenete conto che è più grande di un Mondadori in copertina rigida - è stata una gioia per me, un tuffo nel passato e un piacevole rientro nel mondo degli Shadowunters iniziali. Ho amato tutto, dalla storia (naturalmente), alle illustrazioni, ai balloon, anche quelli riportati fedelmente.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I really didn't think I'd end up liking this. But I did. Of course. Me, everytime a new Shadowhunter book comes out: Again, Cassandra Clare?! I am not buying that! 2 months later... Me, after reading it: I LOVE YOU AND I WILL REREAD YOU A HUNDRED TIMES BECAUSE Besides some of the illustrations being a bit off **cough** Isabelle **cough**... I thought this was a super fun adaptation! I love a good graphic novel because I love to reread books and I don't always want to invest several days when I have a m I really didn't think I'd end up liking this. But I did. Of course. Me, everytime a new Shadowhunter book comes out: Again, Cassandra Clare?! I am not buying that! 2 months later... Me, after reading it: I LOVE YOU AND I WILL REREAD YOU A HUNDRED TIMES BECAUSE Besides some of the illustrations being a bit off **cough** Isabelle **cough**... I thought this was a super fun adaptation! I love a good graphic novel because I love to reread books and I don't always want to invest several days when I have a million books on my tbr to get through.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Victoria ♡

    Whenever I get to re read City of Bones, in any format it just makes me nostalgic. It never gets old I just love it so much. I really appreciate the small changes in this though to make it different, it’s refreshing and really reminds me that I love the characters so much.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I devoured this, when is #2 coming out lol

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    Interesting to read. Provides a different take into the first book in The Mortal Instruments series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amy Risner

    Okay, I’m going to be real for a second: I originally rated the novel version of this book 2 stars. Well, maybe it was more like 2.5 stars. But, nevertheless, I just did not love it and when people saw my rating I was… met with some rather unhappy responses. Here’s my opinion on The Mortal Instrument series: they’re fun and consumable, and they have stood up well over the years. They have good world building, action, and romance. But what grips me the most is the very complex history and connecti Okay, I’m going to be real for a second: I originally rated the novel version of this book 2 stars. Well, maybe it was more like 2.5 stars. But, nevertheless, I just did not love it and when people saw my rating I was… met with some rather unhappy responses. Here’s my opinion on The Mortal Instrument series: they’re fun and consumable, and they have stood up well over the years. They have good world building, action, and romance. But what grips me the most is the very complex history and connections between all the characters/families. I think Cassandra Clare does such an amazing job in building the Shadowhunter/Downworlder worlds and each book gets stronger and stronger. Are they literary masterpieces? I mean, that’s not my decision to make. And I’m not going to drag anyone who likes these books because you are allowed to enjoy what you want. This series has overall been really fun for me to read and I will continue to read however many more books Cassandra Clare publishes. Now with that being said, I did not love book 1 in this series because it read like bad Harry Potter fanfic. However this graphic novel was a wonderful new way for me to dive back into this world. I really recommend this if you’re wanting a refresher or cliffnotes version of what happened in book 1 (but keep in mind this graphic novel is only a portion of the novel.) And, dare I say it? But I found Jace so much more likeable in the graphic novel version! However, I don’t love the art. At times some panels looked really poorly drawn and it was confusing during some action sequences. And there were a few times where I thought Clary and Izzy looked oddly drawn. However, I really love the cover art and wished we could’ve gotten the entire graphic novel in full color. Overall I really enjoyed diving back into this world. There were a lot of things I forgot (like, hello, Hodge. I forgot about you) and it was fun to be able to visualize it all. I thought Jace’s falcon story was depicted very well and all the pertinent information wasn’t glossed over. I really think if you’re a huge fan of this series then you may enjoy these graphic novels, too! Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kaya

    I loved this SO MUCH. It helped me visualize so many different aspects of City of Bones, and the art style was GORGEOUS!!! All in all, my first graphic novel was a win!

  27. 4 out of 5

    alyssa

    the only adaptation of this series that matters

  28. 5 out of 5

    Francesca

    Is it fair of me to read graphic novels and score them badly knowing that I hate graphic novels? This felt extremely low effort. I'm not a fan of Cassandra Jean's artwork for the Mortal Instruments universe and it didn't do any better in graphic novel form. This was an extremely brief book, that entirely skipped big chunks of important information and seemed to rely heavily on you having read the novels. It was weak and not to my taste in the slightest. Is it fair of me to read graphic novels and score them badly knowing that I hate graphic novels? This felt extremely low effort. I'm not a fan of Cassandra Jean's artwork for the Mortal Instruments universe and it didn't do any better in graphic novel form. This was an extremely brief book, that entirely skipped big chunks of important information and seemed to rely heavily on you having read the novels. It was weak and not to my taste in the slightest.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stanislav Lozanov

    I loved it and now I definitely want to reread the series!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nancy The book junkie

    I've always been a fan of Cassandra Jean and once again she didn't let me down. I loved the arts and the way she depicted the characters. This graphic novel cover the first 6 chapters of city of bones and so far it stayed very true to the book storyline. I'm definitely looking forward to volume 2! I've always been a fan of Cassandra Jean and once again she didn't let me down. I loved the arts and the way she depicted the characters. This graphic novel cover the first 6 chapters of city of bones and so far it stayed very true to the book storyline. I'm definitely looking forward to volume 2!

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