Authors are usually very busy working on their books or touring for their books to do much of anything else, but most, if not all, of them do take time to read other authors’ works as well. So, it’s nice to see when a favorite author of yours mentions (positively, at that) works of another favorite author of yours.
Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson books, listed off the books he had recently read, and it just so happens that one of those books was Cassandra Clare‘s City of Bones. Now, we know that City of Bones was released some time ago, but as mentioned with authors being very busy, we can understand why it’s taken this long for Rick to start reading The Mortal Instruments series.
Here’s what he had to say about City of Bones:
Okay, so I’m far behind the curve on reading this, but I very much enjoyed my introduction to the world of nephilim, Shadowhunters and demons. Clare constructed a vivid, believable parallel world with great characters, punchy dialogue, and a winning mix of humor, pathos and action. I like her take on warlocks, vampires, and werewolves, and of course I’m a big fan or urban fantasy, where these fantastic elements mix into the regular gritty city life of New York. Clary Fray is a sympathetic protagonist, though I was equally drawn to the supporting cast. I especially like that the villains are believably three-dimensional. Even when you do not support them, you understand what motivates them. There is no easy black and white, good and evil dichotomy. I’ll be interested in seeing where the series goes from here, and what Clare does with her Victorian prequel series The Infernal Devices.
I hope he continues to talk about the rest of the series when he gets to reading them all, The Infernal Devices included.
Check out Rick’s other recent reads at Myth & Mystery.