Saturday, 12 January 2013

ARC Review : Shadowhunters and Downworlders

Title : Shadowhunters and Downworlders (The Mortal Instruments)
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Paperback, 256 pages
Expected publication: January 29th 2013 by SmartPop
ISBN : 1937856224 (ISBN13: 9781937856229)
 
 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
 
Source : Goodreads


When I saw this book from Goodreads and realized that this is an anthology, I think that it's really a superb interpretation of different authors who also loved The Mortal Instruments together with Cassandra Clare. I've always had a vague imagination on how she created the series, the root of all her ideas wherein she made an exceptional characters. I haven't finished the series yet, but as I was reading this book, it gives me another view and deeper perception of the world of The Mortal Instruments. I enjoy every details of different authors.

First, there is an immense imagination of the world of The Mortal Instruments and Idris. It was really bizarre to imagine how can an author such as Cassandra Clare to create a new world beyond the city streets of Mortals that there is another world beneath them for Shadowhunters and Downworlders. Reading the essays of different authors about what they thought, felt and perceived about the series is something so grippingly fantastic. All of them have specific topics which clarifies The Mortal Instrument even more. They all read it, but they have different views and analysis regarding the series.

It's like refreshing and discovering something deeper beyond it. The authors started with the introduction of seeing what they felt about a certain moment or a character and then they give a detailed information that suddenly blows out of your mind. They even give examples and notes that some events already or might happen for real. I definitely felt everything that they were DICTATING to me. It's really unique.

What really points out of this anthology is giving a clear meaning of love, friendship, glory, and bravery all in one. You'll feel that you've somehow made an imaginable bridge to reach out with the characters together with the authors. It gradually takes you into different topics but still remains on the main point of the story.

Shadowhunters and Downworlders is the exact book that The Mortal Instruments fandom NEEDED to fall even more with the series. It's a deeply enticing, carefully criticized and specifically analyzed anthology which proves how Cassandra Clare just made the readers opened and widened their horizons into a new world of impossibilities and reaching it out easily.



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