Tuesday, 6 August 2013
Review: City of Bones - Shadowhunter's Guide by Mimi O'Connor
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's
Released: August 1st, 2013
Delve deep into the world of the Shadowhunters with this ultimate guide that's based on The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie. Featuring full-colour photographic portraits and profiles of the film characters, quotes from the script, detailed information on downworlders, Shadowhunters, the Clave, and more. Fans of the movie won't want to miss this must-have guide to the realm of the blockbuster City of Bones movie!
City of Bones: The Shadowhunter's Guide is a handy, indispensable guide to everything Mortal Instruments related. It's a great refresher for old fans of the books that may have forgotten things (like me) and is perfect for series newcomers.
Unlike the Official Illustrated Movie Companion, which goes into a lot more detail regarding the film's actual production, this guide doesn't delve too deep. It contains handy snippets of world building information, quick character profiles, spotlights on locations and a respectable amount of movie stills. Many more than I was expecting!
Here you'll be treated to a rundown of all the major players, including fan-favourites Jace Wayland and Clary Fray, Magnus Bane and Valentine Morgenstern, along with pages dedicated to the various Downworlders populating New York City: vampires, demons and numerous other creatures. You'll also find sections on Shadowhunter weapons (the crystal sword is my favourite) and runes.
There's enough here to satisfy diehard Mortal Instruments fans but I think the real benefit will lie with readers and viewers being introduced to Shadowhunters for the first time. There's really no better book to get a crash course in City of Bones, and there are lots of movie stills as an added bonus. If you want a deeper look into the filmmaking process, I'd recommend getting the Official Illustrated Movie Companion, though this Shadowhunter's Guide is worth owning too. You can never have too many images of Jace!