McElderry Books, 2008 Pages: 512 ISBN-10: 1416955070 ISBN-13: 9781416955078 Genre: Fantasy, fiction, romance “ The essence of nonviolence is love. Out of love and the willingness to act selflessly, strategies, tactics, and techniques for a nonviolent struggle arise naturally. Nonviolence is not a dogma; it is a process” BOOK ONE OF THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS SERIES
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the all ages Pandemonium Nightclub in New York City, she never expected to witness a murder, much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange inky tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing of evidence, not even a smear of blood to show that a boy has died. Or was he even a boy?
This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to riding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who is gorgeous, arrogant and brooding… Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters and her would like to know. . .
Set in present day New York City, Clary’s house and at the almost church-like ‘Institute’ where the Shadowhunters call home. Clary is faced with the problem of her being able to see the supernatural…
Clary Fray “ Clary, you know, short redhead, bad temper.” - Jace Clary discovers she is a direct heir and destined to be a Shadowhunter… She also finds out her mothers secret… she was once Jocelyn Fairchild… who was married to one of the most sadistic Shadowhunters in history…
Jace Wayland “ He very much reminds me of a lion. Beautiful and deadly…” - Clary The orphan the Lightwoods took in as a favor after the death of Father, Michael Wayland. There are a lot of things Jace doesn’t talk about, until he meets Clary, a mundane human girl who can see him, maybe better than he can see himself. The connection that binds them will force Jace to confront the black secrets of a past he never wanted to remember…
Alec and Isabelle Lightwood The Lightwoods: Alec, Isabelle , Max, Robert, Maryse. Alec is the eldest of the Lightwood children. Alec is different. He is gay. But only Isabelle knows… A secret that if told, could ruin him… Isabelle is the flamboyant sister. Often described as beautiful, Isabelle is the fisherman and the bait when it comes to fighting demons
Simon Lewis Simon has been Clary’s best friend for 10 years. He has also been in love with her for that long; although Clary is delusional. Simon is an ordinary mundane human but is determined to be with Clary even if she is spending all her time with Shadowhunters like Jace and the Lightwoods. What will happen between Clary and himself?
“ I know your streets, sweet city, I know the demons and angels that flock and roost in your boughs like birds. I know you, river, as if you flow through my heart. I am your warrior daughter. There are letters made of your body as a fountain is made of water. There are languages of which you are blueprint and as we speak them the city rises.” – Elka Cloke
Jace and Clary “ I loved you, so I drew these rides of men into my hands and wrote my will across the sky in the stars.” - T.E Lawrence They soon fall in love. And it might be forbidden when Jace discovers the truth of his past… Did his father die? Or did he adopt a new identity? . . . They will soon find out… Clary also learns about her true past when Valentine Morgenstern, Jocelyn’s ex-husband, comes to kidnap Clary’s mother. Only she doesn’t know at the time.
She reveals she is really Clarissa Morgenstern and Valentine’s daughter. Her mother Jocelyn has hidden everything from Clary… until now. Will Jocelyn be forgiven? Will she ever wake up from her magic induced coma that she put herself into when Valentine came to town?