Friday, January 10, 2014

Literary Friday: Shadowhunters and Downworlders

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Synopsis according to GoodReads:
"Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, epic urban fantasy set in a richly imagined world of shadowhunters, vampires, werewolves, fairies, and more, has captured the imaginations and loyalty of hundreds of thousands of YA readers. Originally a trilogy (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass), the series has extended to six titles, plus a prequel trilogy, the Infernal Devices, and a planned sequel series, the Dark Artifices. A feature film is planned for 2013.

Shadowhunters and Downworlders, edited by Clare (who provides an introduction to the book and to each piece), is a collection of YA authors writing about the series and its world.

Authors Who Contributed:
Holly Black / Kendare Blake / Gwenda Bond / Sarah Rees Brennan / Rachel Caine / Sarah Cross / Kami Garcia / Michelle Hodkin / Kelly Link / Kate Milford / Diana Peterfreund / Sara Ryan / Scott Tracey / Robin Wasserman
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As a fan of The Mortal Instruments, and Cassandra Clare, I really enjoyed this thoughtful collection of essays on the book series. The essayists in Shadowhunters and Downworlders are all accomplished writers, and they cover a range of topics about The Mortal Instruments' world, it's resonation in our world, and why certain aspects of the story have profound meaning.


Fan-love aside, I found the essays to be well-written, thoughtful, and amusing. They definitely made me want to join this league of amazing writers, or at least discuss literature with them!


I highly recommend this reader to anyone who is a fan of the Mortal Instruments series- but beware, if you haven't read all 5 published books yet, there ARE spoilers in here. 

3 comments:

  1. Hmm interesting, but I am not sure if this one is for me. I enjoyed the first three books in the Mortal Instruments series well enough but book four was a total miss and I parted ways with the series after that as I was so irritated. Loved the Infernal Devices though.

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  2. I still haven't read this yet. Cassie started out in the most amazing writers' group with Libba Bray, Holly Black, Maureen Johnson, etc…..

    Which essay was your favorite?

    Thanks for linking-up!

    xo,
    RJ

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  3. This sounds like a really interesting book!

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