“Clary and her friends are heroes who make their stories true- as, in the end, do we all.”
If you’re unaware who Cassandra Clare was and what The Mortal Instruments is then you must have been living under a proverbial rock for quite a few years. Having been turned into both a Hollywood movie and a Netflix TV show, this series continues to grow in popularity. Last year marked ten years since the release of the first book, City of Bones, and with it a brand new edition to mark the occasion. Naturally I indulged, interested to see if it’s worth it.
As you can see from the above picture, the anniversary edition is a gorgeous cloth-bound hardback with embossing that doesn’t come off when worn from reading, unlike the Penguin Classics. Inside, the story itself is accompanied by beautiful illustrations – some taking up full pages- and colourful end pages, along with other artwork of the main group of characters and a map of the book’s locations for extra measure. At the end of the book is a compilation of “official clave files” which are basically character profiles listening everything from appearance to motivations and, my personal favourite, “recommended actions” which provided quite a few laughs.
And, of course, there’s an introduction to accompany the anniversary, which I thought might be a bit longer than it is, and focuses mainly on the aspect of stories becoming a reality and why Cassandra Clare was so fascinated with this idea and decided to explore this through Clary, Of course, this was interesting as I love learning more about a writer’s thought process.
So is this anniversary edition worth it?
The answer is yes and no.
If you’re new to the series, I think getting the regular edition is obviously the best place to start. This is something designed for readers who are really big fans of the world, and as one of those readers, I personally don’t think it’s worth it. The additions don’t really add anything new to the world and the brief introduction was the only thing that I found interesting in the new material. (Apart from the map which would have been super helpful in the original edition)
But it looks pretty nice on my shelf and I mean, that’s what really counts…. right?