HONK HONK! That beautiful sound of the parcel delivery man honking his horn at my gate. I was still in my pyjamas, drinking my morning tea and scrolling through Tumblr. I wasn’t going to go out. I could just get whatever it was from the post office tomorrow. But then I remembered… City of Heavenly Fire pre-orders started shipping last week!
As I ran out of the house, unbrushed hair flying around my face, socks getting soaked on the grass (I did not have time for shoes), hands holding my bouncing chest in place (you know what I mean) I realised something.
I’ve called The Mortal Instruments my guilty pleasure series before but that isn’t entirely accurate. Do I love this series? Yes. Is this series flawed? Yes. Do I get a magical feeling in my belly every time I read it? Yes. Do I feel guilty about it? Hell no.
I was running to meet the end of an era. The Mortal Instruments series is what I consider to be one of my ‘gateway books’, one of those books that has shaped my entire reading life.
It was my first urban fantasy. One day Mum brought me home a copy of the first book, City of Bones, and I devoured it. I read the next in the series and started demanding other urban fantasy books.
As I got older, I’ve found flaws in the stories, I’ve been frustrated by the pointless (aren’t they always) love triangles and I’ve seen the relationships through more cynical eyes. But I still adore the books. They’re still entertaining. They’re fun, witty, action-packed with some of the most mind-blowing plot twists. They’re one of the few novels I’ve read to represent an LGBT character and his struggle with coming-out without his sexuality becoming the feature that defines him.
I love The Mortal Instruments, despite its flaws, and I will be sad to see it end.
What were your gateway books? Do you have a series you feel a strong connection to, despite its flaws?
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