Paperback, 274 Pages
YA/ Fantasy/ Paranormal
By: Cassandra Clare, Joshua Lewis (Compiler)
City of Bones ★★★ 1/2
City of Ashes ★★ 1/2
City of Glass ★★★ 3/4
Clockwork Angel ★★★ 1/2
Clockwork Prince ★★★ 3/4
Clockwork Princess ★★★★ 1/2
City of Fallen Angels ★★
City of Lost Souls ★★ 1/2
City of Heavenly Fire ★★★★ 1/4
The Shadowhunter’s Codex ★★★
I got a physical copy of the codex because I thought it is a book better read in a physical form. I already finished TMI series (both trilogies) and TID and so this book didn’t add much into the world.
The book is supposed to be like a text book that the Shadowhunters study and the copy we have is Clary’s books which has doodles from her throughout the book along with Simon and Jace. The problem is that this is a text book and it felt like one, I was bored while reading most of the book and I was just looking forward to the illustrations and doodles. The book is divided into parts discussing the magic, the places, the creatures …etc but after reading 3000+ pages in the world, I already knew this information well. What I am trying to say is that it was repetitive!
The writing is kind of dry, I enjoyed the doodles but they don’t make up for a whole book. The illustrations were very good! I was pretty impressed by the quality of the illustrations. I finally got to see illustrations of the runes and I think they should have been implemented in the original series.
Summary: Overall I think it was boring and dry. It didn’t add anything new to the story (except for a few interesting pages). The format makes it a bit less enjoyable if read before the main series and unnecessary if read after. I enjoyed the illustrations and doodle so that’s why it gets 3 stars from me.
When a novel needs a separate book to explain the world building, that novel is ill conceived.
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I don’t think it was necessary, the novels themselves do explain the world quite well which made this book a case of milking the cow!
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