256683City of Bones is the first in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Claire, and it was better than I thought it would be.  I wasn’t expecting to see so many bits and pieces of different mythologies blended together so well with modern society in a teen book.

So basically there’s this secret society of humans who can look past the spells the supernatural world throws up to hide themselves from mundane eyes and protect those same mundane humans from the terrors of sed supernatural realm.

And as is the case in these things there’s a young girl unaware of her heritage as one of these special humans -who call themselves Shadow hunters- who is thrown into the deep end of their world and is forced to sink or swim while her heart is torn between two very different young men who both care deeply for her: the old friend, comforting and familiar versus the new stranger, dangerous and exciting.

Never really a dull moment here, although the end is kinda skeevy.  Long lost relatives come out of the wood works and our heroine finds she unintentionally flirted with incest….ew….

Thankfully though she didn’t reach the point of no return there, so while things are a bit weird the friendship should be salvageable.

Ooo am I excited for this next one we’re tackling! Dragon Age: Masked Empire by Patrick Weekes!  *insert fangirl squeal here*

21826482Empress Celene of Orlais rose to the throne of the most powerful nation in Thedas through wisdom, wit, and ruthless manipulation. Now, the empire she has guided into an age of enlightenment is threatened from within by imminent war between the templars and the mages, even as rebellion stirs among the downtrodden elves To save Orlais, Celene must keep her hold on the throne by any means necessary.

Fighting with the legendary skill of the Orlesian Chevaliers , Grand Duke Gaspard has won countless battles for the empire and the empress But has he fought in vain? As the Circle fails and chaos looms, Gaspard begins to doubt that Celene’s diplomatic approach to the mage problem or the elven uprisings will keep the empire safe. Perhaps it is time for a new leader, one who lives by the tenets of the Chevalier’s Code, to make Orlais strong again.

Briala has been Celene’s handmaid since the two of them were children, subtly using her position to help improve the lives of elves across Orlais. She is Celene’s confidante, spymaster, and lover, but when politics force the empress to choose between the rights of Briala’s people and the Orlesian throne, Briala must in turn decide where her true loyalties lie.

Alliances are forged and promises broken as Celene and Gaspard battle for the throne of Orlais But in the end, the elves who hide in the forests or starve in the alienages may decide the fate of the masked empire.