The Mortal Instruments
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...

The Mortal Instruments Details

TitleThe Mortal Instruments
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 7th, 2017
PublisherYen Press
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Young Adult

The Mortal Instruments Review

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    Well, it could have been worse. It could have been unreadable. Like most fans of The Mortal Instruments, I had been waiting for a graphic novel adaptation for a very long time. I thought we would have one much earlier than this, but better late than never, right?This is actually a good adaptation, in terms of story, pacing and atmosphere. Cassandra Jean illustrates all important scenes that appear in the first half of City of Bones. Indeed, this first volume covers everything—or so—up to Simon’s Well, it could have been worse. It could have been unreadable. Like most fans of The Mortal Instruments, I had been waiting for a graphic novel adaptation for a very long time. I thought we would have one much earlier than this, but better late than never, right?This is actually a good adaptation, in terms of story, pacing and atmosphere. Cassandra Jean illustrates all important scenes that appear in the first half of City of Bones. Indeed, this first volume covers everything—or so—up to Simon’s mishap at Magnus’. That’s fine, because it means nothing is rushed to the point of not understanding what is happening. Even Jace’s little story about the boy and his falcon is featured. Plus there is an extra scene between Isabelle and Simon that is not included in the original first book. I heart it.So the story is enjoyable and not saturated with narration or dialog, as was the manga adaptation of The Infernal Devices, thank goodness. What I do have to complain about, sadly, is the physical appearance of ALL of the characters. Honestly, what happened? I absolutely adore Cassandra Jean’s work. This is my fourth or fifth book from her, so I’m familiar with her drawing style.But these drawings look unfinished, as though she rushed to make them to keep up with her schedule. Alec, Isabelle, Clary, Simon… They look nothing like I expected. They are so… bland. They have no interesting features. Even Magnus Bane—my favourite character—is kind of… unattractive. It hurts to say this, because I love the hell out of him. They aren’t even charming or cute. Just… boring.Crossed fingers for better illustrations in the future volumes.Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • Josu Grilli
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • 🦊 Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
    January 1, 1970
    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! 👏🏻❤ 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! 👏🏻❤️
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    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 adorableWhat 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!
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  • Teresa ☼ {semi-hiatus}
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    ¡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 trabaj ¡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
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    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)!
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  • Beatrice in Bookland
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Kirra
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Romie
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • PhantomRin
    January 1, 1970
    Just GREAT!
  • alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    the only adaptation of this series that matters
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I devoured this, when is #2 coming out lol
  • Nancy The book junkie
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • fairylightsandbooks ( Aino )
    January 1, 1970
    THIS IS A REVIEW FOR HOW THIS WAS ADAPTED FROM THE BOOK NOT THE ACTUAL STORY OF CITY OF BONES Okay so as most of you know City of bones IS MY FAVE BOOK OF ALL TIME.I had high expectations since I love Cassandra Jeans art style and her artwork for the shadowhunter chronicles.I had a big problem with the way the characters looked.... the only ones that looked good and like them selves we're Jace,Alec and Simon.All the others looked like different characters.Clary has bangs and this super poofy hai THIS IS A REVIEW FOR HOW THIS WAS ADAPTED FROM THE BOOK NOT THE ACTUAL STORY OF CITY OF BONES Okay so as most of you know City of bones IS MY FAVE BOOK OF ALL TIME.I had high expectations since I love Cassandra Jeans art style and her artwork for the shadowhunter chronicles.I had a big problem with the way the characters looked.... the only ones that looked good and like them selves we're Jace,Alec and Simon.All the others looked like different characters.Clary has bangs and this super poofy hair????? Ugh it bothered me so much.But the pacing was good and there was even a Sizzy scene that wasn't in the book which I loveddddd.I will give the second volume a shot but this definetly wasn't the best adaption ever in my opinion
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  • Zoë ☆
    January 1, 1970
    This is a really quick and cool way to read TMI! I really enjoyed it :)
  • Stanislav Lozanov
    January 1, 1970
    I loved it and now I definitely want to reread the series!
  • Giulia Herondale
    January 1, 1970
    2.5non date per scontato che essendo un' opera della Jean e della Clare sia perfetto. Sinceramente non so se la Clare abbia visto l'opera finita e spero di no. Comunque ho la sensazione che questa idea geniale, quale doveva essere questa serie, sia solo un modo per far guadagnare la Jean. Forse ho questa sensazione perché ultimamente non si fa altro che "descrivere" le opere della Jean come libri fondamentali, mentre in realtà sono solo aggiunte. Bellissime, per carità, però ci sono modi e modi. 2.5non date per scontato che essendo un' opera della Jean e della Clare sia perfetto. Sinceramente non so se la Clare abbia visto l'opera finita e spero di no. Comunque ho la sensazione che questa idea geniale, quale doveva essere questa serie, sia solo un modo per far guadagnare la Jean. Forse ho questa sensazione perché ultimamente non si fa altro che "descrivere" le opere della Jean come libri fondamentali, mentre in realtà sono solo aggiunte. Bellissime, per carità, però ci sono modi e modi. Passiamo alla graphic.Forse ero io ad avere aspettative troppo altre? Però se la disegnatrice ufficiale nonché fan dell'opera si occupa dell'omaggio a questa serie... ti aspetti la perfezione. Disegno: a livello grafico è un'opera di qualità. Certo non mi piace come disegna i personaggi femminili, ma quelli maschili sono perfetti. Certo ci sono degli errori delle rune, ma a parte l'iratze si può soprassedere. Certo l'impugnatura della spada non mi convince, ma in fondo è una cosa personale.Storia: la resa della storia è stata pessima. Inizialmente sembra saltare da una scena all'altra. Dopo la situazione migliora ma incomincia a tagliare delle scene ( visto che ha diviso il libro a metà,non me lo aspettavo). È normale ovviamente, ma ha tolto tutte le mie scene preferite. a volte taglia i dialoghi (sono esattamente le stesse parole del libro) eliminando quelle parti che davano un senso, tipo battute o elementi simbolici.Così certe frasi sembrano giusto per riempire i vuoi. Per quanto riguarda le scene, ha tolto quelle che per la trama non sono fondamentali ma che caratterizzano cob. Quali?"Per la cronaca sono biondo naturale""Alec, is that you?""L'altro dieci per cento""To love is to destroy"Il discorso di jace sull'essere uno shadowhunters. La battuta sulla vanità. Quella sulla riproduzione. Quella del motto. Jace che scioglie i capelli di Clary. Non c'è nulla di tutto questo, e questo per me è davvero grave.La consiglio? È bella, ma ripeto non è una degna trasposizione.La continuerò?Da collezionista un giorno si, ma non è la mia priorità. Per il momento penso di prendere solo Città di vetro perché c'è una scena che mi interessa. Anche se con la mia fortuna non ci sarà.
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  • Angela Magic Art
    January 1, 1970
    I have been waiting for this for so long! I finally got my hands on it! This was really really good. The art is wonderful, and it just gave me so many nostalgic feelings! It really just reminded me why I love this series so much. I did miss some of the dialogue that wasn't included from the original City of Bones novel, and a few scenes that were cut. I wish it was longer!!! It was a very fun quick read. I read it in one sitting, in about an hour. It does only cover about 1/4 of the first book, I have been waiting for this for so long! I finally got my hands on it! This was really really good. The art is wonderful, and it just gave me so many nostalgic feelings! It really just reminded me why I love this series so much. I did miss some of the dialogue that wasn't included from the original City of Bones novel, and a few scenes that were cut. I wish it was longer!!! It was a very fun quick read. I read it in one sitting, in about an hour. It does only cover about 1/4 of the first book, so there are going to have to be many more volumes to complete the story. But it was just so fun seeing the characters again in the early stages of the story, and knowing what's to come for them in the future. #ShadowhunterFandomForever
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  • Ab Varela
    January 1, 1970
    Estaba en Amazon buscando Lord Of Shadows y OH SORPRESA!!! Me aparece esta novela gráfica al final de la página. NI SIQUIERA SABIAMOS DE ESTE PROYECTO, PERO ME DA IGUAL, PORQUE YO LO QUIERO. Y lo mejor de todo es que sale en unos meses!!!
  • Ines
    January 1, 1970
    Of course a 5 stars because I love The Shadowhunters world and I missed my babes so much! I want every single book in TMI in graphic novels.
  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    I've never actually read The Mortal Instruments all the way through. Goodness, I didn't even make it through the entire first book in audiobook format even though I was enjoying it. I've failed this book even when I've really enjoyed it. However, I have finally managed to finish it in graphic novel format, and I can say that this might be my favorite version of it so far. To be honest, I can't confirm it kept the storyline in tact or compare it to how it was but from what I remember in the audio I've never actually read The Mortal Instruments all the way through. Goodness, I didn't even make it through the entire first book in audiobook format even though I was enjoying it. I've failed this book even when I've really enjoyed it. However, I have finally managed to finish it in graphic novel format, and I can say that this might be my favorite version of it so far. To be honest, I can't confirm it kept the storyline in tact or compare it to how it was but from what I remember in the audiobook I read last summer, it kept a lot of the same information in it and just moved things a bit faster along than what the real story did. It did take out a few things but honestly not too much from what I can remember. The art was okay. There were some great images, but it wasn't quite perfect. Like, I never found some of the most attractive looking people supposedly all that attractive? I thought it was okay, but I didn't quite love it. The images of the Silent Brothers were some of my favorites. They were intensely done and quite cool to look at it. It was good, but I think it could have been greater.I did like the pacing of the story as well. Sometimes I do have a struggle with graphic novel format from the original story because it either rushes by the original novel's main points or doesn't go quick enough. This pacing was just right, and I felt like I was speeding by it at the right time. I thought it was brilliant.Overall, I definitely would recommend this graphic novel - whether you're a casual Mortal Instruments fan or if you're just trying it out. I think it had enough information that you would get it if you were just starting it off. I can't speak for true Mortal Instruments fans if it did the series right or not, but I did really enjoy it. It kept me enraptured. However, the art wasn't my favorite, but it was good enough. 4 crowns and an Ariel rating!
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  • Arin ⭐ semi hiatus ⭐
    January 1, 1970
    I don't really have the time to write a full review, so I'm just going to bullet point what I liked and didn't like. SPOILER WARNING: From here on out, there may be mild spoilers for the first half of City of Bones. What I liked:Church! We always stan a cute, judgemental cat. The noticeable height difference between Jace and Clary. The extra scene between Izzy and Simon!Simon's graphic tees, they were a nice touch and very much like book Simon. The flashback during the falcon story!The fact that I don't really have the time to write a full review, so I'm just going to bullet point what I liked and didn't like. SPOILER WARNING: From here on out, there may be mild spoilers for the first half of City of Bones. What I liked:Church! We always stan a cute, judgemental cat. The noticeable height difference between Jace and Clary. The extra scene between Izzy and Simon!Simon's graphic tees, they were a nice touch and very much like book Simon. The flashback during the falcon story!The fact that Jace's witty lines were still present (for the most part).What I didn't like: The graphic novel only covers the first half of CoB, which isn't necessarily bad, but it caught me by surprise. Simon's hair was just...dots? Like, what was that about?Izzy and Alec both look a lot older than they are in CoB. Conclusion: It wasn't bad, but like, it wasn't the best either. _______________________I just went to get fast food only to discover that they were closed, so instead I came home and ordered this from Amazon. I don't know that this is going to solve the fact that I haven't eaten anything today, but hey. Now I have a new book coming.
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  • Emily (Falling for YA)
    January 1, 1970
    I preferred the artwork in The Infernal Devices graphic novel. I thought it had a better flow and was more finely detailed. That's not to say the artwork is bad in this work it just isn't as detailed and I felt like the facial expressions were one dimensional.I also didn't like that this volume covers only a portion of the first book in the mortal instruments series. It only covered about half and there were a few scenes I felt could've been left out. The volume had a slow paced feel and without I preferred the artwork in The Infernal Devices graphic novel. I thought it had a better flow and was more finely detailed. That's not to say the artwork is bad in this work it just isn't as detailed and I felt like the facial expressions were one dimensional.I also didn't like that this volume covers only a portion of the first book in the mortal instruments series. It only covered about half and there were a few scenes I felt could've been left out. The volume had a slow paced feel and without the unnecessary scenes it would've been more engaging and it wouldn't have been necessary to split the book. Overall, not bad but not amazing. Unless you are a die hard mortal instruments fan or collector I'd recommend grabbing this from your local library. It doesn't really add much to an already oversaturated fandom.
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  • Lara
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting to read. Provides a different take into the first book in The Mortal Instruments series.
  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    I loved, LOVED revisiting this world! Cassandra Jean's art is very beautiful and funny!
  • Alli
    January 1, 1970
    Amo esta serie con todo mi corazón, el solo hecho de tener otra forma de releerla me hace muy feliz. Me encantan las ilustraciones de Cassandra Jean, es tan lindo volver a ver a estos personajes y sus aventuras. Estoy tan feliz y no puedo esperar para el segundo vol!!!
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  • Maddie
    January 1, 1970
    One of my favourite artists + one of my favourite authors = yes please.As with any novel to graphic novel adaptation there’s going to be some differences. There were a couple lines that I noticed were changed and such, but other than that I really liked it.
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  • Abooktopia
    January 1, 1970
    http://abooktopia.weebly.comI quite enjoyed this adaptation and found that the pacing suited the book well as it illustrated all the important scenes that appeared in the first third of City of Bones, up to Magnus Bane’s party, and even included some other smaller details. However, it would have been preferable to have the entire contents of City of Bones in this single volume as a larger and thicker copy, rather than having the one book split into several graphic novels. Though, I am glad that http://abooktopia.weebly.comI quite enjoyed this adaptation and found that the pacing suited the book well as it illustrated all the important scenes that appeared in the first third of City of Bones, up to Magnus Bane’s party, and even included some other smaller details. However, it would have been preferable to have the entire contents of City of Bones in this single volume as a larger and thicker copy, rather than having the one book split into several graphic novels. Though, I am glad that Cassandra Jean has chosen to include most scenes from the book, rather than fast pacing and skipping the extra information. The art is simplistic, easy on the eyes and represents each character well enough, despite Isabelle’s character not quite picturing up to some of Jean’s past work. Although readers should keep in mind that the characters are of fifteen to sixteen years of age, so having less remarkable features on their character art, allows for them to appear more youthful and innocent before the hardships they all endure throughout the course of this series impacts their growth. It is to be noted that the publisher also ended up using an earlier version of Jean's artwork for the first chapter in the volume, which resulted in some last minute changes such as Simon's hair and his glasses that were not included original in the draft. This has caused the chapter to be different from the rest of the graphic novel. Overall, this graphic novel was an exciting and enjoyable read as it was great seeing all the characters again in a well-loved series, but this time, bought to life through art. This book is definitely a great read for those who wish to jog their memory on the contents of what occurs in The Mortal Instrument, in a fun, light and easy way.
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