The Mortal Instrements

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

This must be one of my all time favorites series. I read the first 3 books so many times before City of Fallen Angels was released. Truly... A great series. And I really, really LOVE Jace!!!




Book I: City of Bones (March 27, 2007)


Jace Wayland appears on the original cover; his tattoos are the Shadowhunter runes.

Product Description

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange 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—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?


This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, 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 would like to know.




Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.




Plot:


Clary Fray and Simon Lewis are at a club where Clary witnesses a murder by a group of teens. She is shocked that Simon and the club's security guard cannot see the killer—a boy called Jace, who claims that the boy he murdered was a demon. The next day, Jace offers to take Clary to meet his tutor, but before she can do so, she receives a distressing phone call from her mother. She returns home to find her mother missing, the apartment trashed, and a monstrous creature, a Ravener demon, lying in wait for her. She defeats the creature by shoving Jace’s Sensor down its throat, but is injured in the process, and Jace takes her to his home. His home is called "The Institute", an old gothic cathedral in New York that humans, or mundanes, can't see, because it is concealed magically by glamour. Here, she recuperates. She also meets Hodge Starkweather, Jace's tutor, as well as his adoptive-siblings Isabelle and Alec Lightwood.



Hodge then acquires the help of a monk with magical powers, called a "Silent Brother", Jeremiah, to discover how Clary is able to see Shadowhunters and why she was attacked. Jeremiah discovers a block on Clary's mind, and takes her and Jace to the City of Bones, where the Silent Brothers attempt to break it. Although the attempt fails, Clary discovers flashes of information, particularly the name Magnus Bane, which, with Isabelle's help, Clary traces Magnus Bane to a party, which she attends with Jace, Simon, Alec and Isabelle. There, they discover that Magnus is the High Warlock of Brooklyn, and he placed the block on Clary, although his attempts to help her remember are unhelpful. During the party, Simon is turned into a rat by a faerie drink, and Jace and Clary go to a vampire-infested hotel to rescue Simon who has been taken home by a vampire.


Clary and Jace are helped into the hotel by a teenager named Raphael. He then betrays them and reveals that he is the leader of the vampire coven that are residing inside that hotel, and soon Clary and Jace are fighting for their lives. They are saved by werewolves who claim they want Clary, but Clary and Jace escape and rescue Simon but get injured in the process.




At the institute Clary and Alec have a fight. Jace takes Clary to the Institutes garden where they kiss. Clary realizes where the Mortal Cup is and she, Jace, Isabelle, Alec, and Simon go and retrieve it. Alec gets injured by a greater demon and nearly dies, but Magnus Bane heals him at the Institute. When Clary and Jace give the Mortal Cup to Hodge, he reveals he's working for a man named Valentine who is meant to be dead. Valentine takes Jace. Clary goes after Hodge, but is kidnapped. When Clary wakes up she finds out Luke took her but for her own safety. Clary finds out Valentine's her father, and Luke and Clary track down Jace and Valentine. Luke and his werewolf pack raid Valentine's lair, but they are ambushed.


During the attack, Luke and Clary get inside, and while Luke is distracted, Clary finds Valentine and Jace. Valentine reveals that he is also Jace's father, making them siblings. Luke then returns to fight Valentine, with Jace's help, but Valentine escapes to Idris, where he has hidden the Cup. Clary retrieves her mother, who is in a coma, and takes her to a hospital. In the meantime, Alec has been healed by Magnus Bane. Clary and Jace meet at the Institute and express their frustration that they cannot be together forever like they once believed.




My Review @Shelfari:


16-Dec 2009: I bought this book for 3 reasons:
1- Vampires and werewolves!
2- Great Cover.
3- Stephenie Meyer's review.


19-Dec 2009: I started reading the book yesterday, and I finished the first part! it wasn't what I have expected. it was better. it is so strange and I want to know more. I like a good mystery.


25-Dec 2009: I loved "The Midnight Flower" chapter, though Jess is a total jerk sometimes, but he is a cute jerk!


OMG this book is so good!! I can't wait to begen in the next one and see what will happen!!! I am so sad and shocked!! their love is really forbidden!! I am not sure how will the author work for their favor and fix the situation, unless it is not meant to be fixed, and they should find other partners.


From my favorite quotes:


  • "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, and then throw it in the face of the person who gave you the lemons until they give you the oranges you originally asked for"
  • 'You know,' Clary said, 'most psychologists agree that hostility is really just sublimated sexual attraction.''Ah,' said Jace blithely, 'that might explain why I so often run into people who seem to dislike me.'
  • “Is this where you start tearing strips off your T-shirt to bind up my wound?" she joked. She hated the sight of blood, especially her own. "If you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you should have just asked.”
  • “Clary wondered if there were any ugly vampires, or maybe any fat ones. Maybe they didn't make vampires out of ugly people. Or maybe ugly people just didn't want to live forever.”
  • “And next time you're planning to injure yourself to get my attention, just remember that a little sweet talk works wonders.”
  • “I may not believe in sin," he said, "but I do feel guilt. We Shadowhunters live by a code, and that code isn't flexible. Honor, fault, penance, those are real to us, and they have nothing to do with religion and everything to do with who we are. This who I am, Clary," he said desperately. "I am one of the Clave. It's in my blood and bones. So tell me, if you're so sure this wasn't my fault, why is it that the first thought in my mind when I saw Abbadon wasn't from my fellow warriors but for you?" His other hand came up; he was holding her face, prisoned between his palms. "I know-I knew-Alec wasn't acting like himself. I knew something was wrong. But all I could think about was you . . .”
  • “I said his poetry was terrible. It sounds like he ate a dictionary and started vomiting up words at random.”
  • “I figured all your classes were stuff like Slaughter 101 and Beheading for Beginners.”
  • "Jesus!" Luke exclaimed."Actually, it's just me," said Simon. "Although I've been told the resemblance is startling."
  • "That's why when major badasses greet each other in movies, they don't say anything, they just nod. The nod means, 'I' am a badass, and I recognize that you, too, are a badass,' but they don't say anything because they're Wolverine and Magneto and it would mess up their vibe to explain"
  • "...Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?'Jace said, "Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself."..."At least," she said, "you don't have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland.""Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting."
  • “Clary shook her head. "Don't stop there. I suppose there are also, what, vampires, werewolves, and zombies?" "Of course there are," Jace informed her. "Although you mostly find zombies farther south, where the voudon priests are." "What about mummies? Do they only hang around in Egypt?" "Don't be ridiculous. No one believes in mummies."
  • “A Diary with no drawings of me in it? Where are the torrid fantasies? The romance covers?”
  • "It's a girl," Jace said,recovering his composure. "Surely you've seen girls before, Alec. Your sister Isabelle is one."
  • "...in fact, don't touch any of my weapons without my permission.'"Well, there goes my plan for selling them all on ebay," Clary muttered."Selling them on what?"Clary smiled blandly at him, "A mythical place of great magical power."
     
  • "He knew his falcon loved him, and when he was certain it was not just tamed but perfectly tamed, he went to his father and showed him what he had done,expecting him to be proud. Instead his father took the bird, now tame and trusting, in his hands and broke its neck. 'I told you to make it obedient,'his father said, and droped the falcon's lifeless body to the ground. "Instead, you taught it to love you. Falcons are not meant to be loving pets: They are fierce and wild, savage and cruel. This bird was not tamed; it was broken"
  • “Later, when his father left him, the boy cried over his pet, until eventually his father sent a servant to take the body of the bird away and bury it. The boy never cried again and he never forgot what he'd learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed”
  • “You invited him into bed?" Simon demanded, looking shaken. "Ridiculous isn't it?" said Jace. " We would never all fit.”
  • “...that's the motto of the Nephilim-the Shadowhunters-there on the base" "What does it mean?" Jace's grin was a white flash in the darkness. "It means 'Shadowhunters: Looking Better in Black Than the Widows of our Enemies Since 1234"


Jamie Campbell Bower has been chosen to play Jace Wayland in City of Bones! And I just found out that he is dating Bonnie Wright. In April 2011, the couple officially announced their engagement. Don't they make a beautiful "Clary and Jace"?
I think Jamie will make a great Jace! He is got something quite naughty and charming about him! I like him from NOW! I won't wait till City of Bones! He's cute!
 
Jace and Clary by Elle
Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower
After watching Abduction, I know what to expect of Lily, she will make a great Clary, and the kissing scenes will be hot. And I watched Camelot starring Jamie, so I know he'll make a great warrior with a sense of humor, though I didn't like it when he implied that Jace is a "Joker"! Jace is ironic! But he's not a joker!

Still, I got to say I like Jamie a LOT! He will make a great Jace! Thank God that
Alex Pettyfer said no to the role, after I watched Beastly, I was like "Puff!! We are save!" I loved him in Wild Child but not in Beastly.


Jamie Campbell Bower: I Nailed the ‘Mortal Instruments’ Audition

Jamie Campbell Bower talk to MTV about his upcoming ‘Mortal Instruments’ and his role as Jace Wayland.

“I nailed it,” Jamie said with a chuckle. “I mean, I just got off a plane the day before, and this was a big deal for me, going for this audition. Going for a screen test in L.A. with a big studio, with people that I have heard about in stories and people that I admire.”

 And Jamie left nothing to chance. “I did a lot of preparation,” he explained. “I sent an email out asking what the character would wear, how he would dress, and I really focused on it. And from the moment that I had my first audition in L.A., which was two months prior to going for the test, I was constantly looking at the lines and looking at the words and going back and asking who this guy was, and I came out of it sort of feeling like I’ve done the best that I can do. And if they accept that, that’s perfect, and if they don’t, then I’ve done what I can do.”

 Jamie obviously rocked the screen test (he even brought author Cassie to tears with his performance!), but the actor is well aware of the responsibility of starring in what could be a major YA film franchise.

“You know, they’ve definitely taken a bit of a—not a risk, but they put their trust in me, and to give me that role is very humbling, and I’m really excited to start shooting it.”

 So what is Jamie most eager to film? “I’m really looking forward to all of the stunt work, particularly,” he said. “I did a little bit of that thing on this television show called ‘Camelot.’ So that’s going to be fun. And, really, just getting to know who this guy is because he’s very jovial, and he’s a joker, but he also has this vulnerability about him and that’s exciting for me to be able to—he’s got so many layers and a lot of depth.

  
Lily Collins talk Jamie Campbell Bower Audition : “He was just Jace”

Jamie’s “The Mortal Instruments” co-star Lily Collins talk detail Jamie Campbell Bower Audition
“I only read with a couple of guys, and it’s funny because the way Jace was described in the scenes—I knew what Jamie looked like, and I had met him at social events before briefly, but from the second he walked, he carried himself in this way that was just Jace from the get go,” Lily recalled. “He walked in and it was like, okay, he totally has the vibe going on, and he was so nice, and he had totally just flown in from London for it the day before, he could have been extremely tired, but he was there to win us over.”


“The second he started playing with the scene with me, everything was just so natural,” Lily continued. “He didn’t even seem like he was trying. He was just Jace. He had the perfect balance of all the different character traits and aspects you’d hope from Jace. There are so many levels to him. He just walked out when he was done, and I looked at everyone and said, ‘Guys, I think this is Jace.’”


Book II: City of Ashes (March 25, 2008)


Clary Fray is on the original cover.

Product Description

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go—especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil—and also her father.


To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings—and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?


In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City's Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.



Plot:


Taking place immediately after City of Bones, Clary Fray wishes that her life will go back to normal.[2] But after learning that she is a Shadowhunter and part of a new world she never imagined existed, everything has changed. Her father is not dead, but is the fearsome Valentine, who means to slay all Downworlders to cleanse the Earth, her mother, who has kept this world hidden from her is in a coma, and the boy she has fallen in love with, Jace, has just been revealed as her brother, shocking them both.


The story starts with Valentine exerting his control over a Greater Demon through the use of the Mortal Cup, foreshadowing the demon battles to come. Then it jumps to Clary, who is watching a vampire movie with her best friend Simon, who freaks out a bit. When she goes to comfort him, he kisses her, and she’s unsure what to do, as she only loves him as a friend.



In the meantime, Isabelle and Alec Lightwood’s parents return from Alicante, the Shadowhunter city, and their mother, Maryse, speaks to Jace, who she feels she can no longer trust. She believes him to be in league with his father, Valentine, now that it has been revealed that Jace is his son. Jace leaves and goes to a werewolf bar to pick a fight, and meets a young werewolf named Maia along with other displeased members of Luke’s pack. He provokes a fight by refusing to investigate the death of a werechild slain in the alley nearby, despite being a Shadowhunter and bound by Clave law. Luke walks in in time to stop the violence and returns Jace to the institute. When they arrive, Maryse tells him that she was trying to send him away to protect him from the Inquisitor of the Clave, who is coming to make sure Jace is not a spy. He mouths off to the Inquisitor, who punishes him by locking him in the Silent City for the night.


During his imprisonment, Jace begins to hear screams and finds that Valentine has sent a fear demon in and killed the Silent Brothers to get the Soul Sword, the second of the three Mortal Instruments. An alarm goes out to the Institute, but the adult Shadowhunters have been distracted by the death of a Faerie child and are not there to hear it, so Isabelle, Alec and Clary answer it and head to the Silent City, knowing that Jace is there. They find everyone dead inside but Jace, and Clary, in a rush to get him out, does some sort of opening ruin to unlock the prison cell. When they return to the surface, they find the adult Shadowhunters waiting for them. The Inquisitor points out that the Soul Sword is what was to be used against Jace the next day to prove if he was telling the truth about not being a spy for Valentine, and that his father has protected him by stealing it.


Magnus Bane, the Head Warlock of New York, offers to keep Jace under lock and key for the Clave, and the Inquisitor, out of options, reluctantly agrees. The four teens figure out that Valentine hopes to turn the Soul Sword into a demon weapon rather than an angel weapon, which is done by heating it four times and cooling it each time in the blood of a different Downworlder child’s blood: vampire, werewolf, warlock and faerie. In the hopes that the faeries will join them in the fight against Valentine, Clary, Jace, Isabelle and Simon enter the The Faerie Realm to speak to the Queen. Clary is tricked into drinking faerie food, and is forced to stay unless she “gets the kiss [she] most desires.” Simon offers to kiss her, but is devastated when the Queen states that his is not the kiss Clary most desires. Jace kisses her, because they both still have feelings for one another despite having found out they are brother and sister, and she is free to go. After they escape the Faerie Realm, Simon storms off, leaving Jace and Clary to fight about their feelings despite being siblings.


The vampire Raphael then shows up with a dying Simon, explaining that he had been drawn to the vampires after biting Raphael while a rat in City of Bones, and that he would die and be reborn as a vampire. Clary insists upon being there for the transformation.



Later, Luke finds Maia outside his door after being attacked by demons. He is injured as well, and Clary, Simon and Jace fight off the demons, but not before Jace secretly pumps one of them for information about Valentine’s whereabouts. Jace then flies off to find Valentine, who is hiding out on a boat in the river. He has the opportunity to kill him, but can’t. Valentine asks Jace to join him and promises that none of his loved ones will be harmed if he does.


The next morning, the Inquisitor shows up and imprisons Jace again, having discovered he visited Valentine the previous night. She tells him she is planning on trading him for the Mortal Instruments, but Jace tells her that Valentine doesn’t care about him enough to make the trade. She doesn’t believe him and leaves. Alec helps Jace escape by suggesting he jump up into the rafters, an impossible feat for a normal human, but Jace manages it and goes to help Clary, who has discovered that both Maia and Simon have been kidnapped by Valentine for their blood.


In the meantime, Clary has discovered that with her drawing ability, she can create new runes. She creates a “fearless” ruin that allows Jace to defeat the fear demon his father has summoned. There is a great battle on the boat, during which the Inquisitor corners Jace and asks him a series of additional questions and pauses at the sight of a star shaped scar on Jace’s collar. As a demon comes at them, she sacrifices herself for him. Jace then finds Simon close to death and allows him to feed on his blood, saving his life, but the battle continues to go badly for the Shadowhunters until Clary draws a new rune and destroys the boat and the demons on board, ending the fight.


Thanks to Jace’s blood, Simon is now a Daylighter, a vampire who had withstand the sun. Clary finds she doesn’t care that she and Jace are siblings and wants to tell him she loves him, but he speaks first and promises not to love her more than a brother would, thinking that’s what she wants. Clary’s mother is still in a coma, but a silver-haired woman stops her on the way to the hospital and tells her she knows how to wake Jocelyn.


My Review @Shelfari:


27-Dec 2009: I've just begun yesterday and I already reached Part 2, the book is really good, this series gets more interesting with every flip of a page, I can't get enough I really want to see what will happen next!! How will the author fix Jace and Clary's situation?! will they stay brother and a sister or will she suddenly bring a missing fact to the table?!


28-Dec 2009: Chapter 8, The Seelie Court. p.159-163: I believe this was the best kiss in history, and especially now that I am sure that Jace is not Clary's brother. and for God sake can anybody remove Simon from the book? he really annoys me!! I was so impressed by the author's description of the Fairies World, she made it seem so real, full of new information and beauty.


29-Dec 2009: I am so happy that Simon is dating Maia and leaving Clary!! But then again I was disappointed that Jace decided otherwise!!



From my favorite quotes:
  • “I'd say it's been nice meeting you all, but, in fact, it hasn't. It's been quite awkward, and frankly, the next time I see a single one of you will be far too soon.”
  • “Usually, I’m remarkably good-natured. Try me on any day that doesn’t end in Y.”
  • “I'm pure at heart. It repels dirt.”
  • "Mom. I have something to tell you. I’m undead. Now, I know you may have some preconceived notions about the undead. I know you may not be comfortable with the idea of me being undead. But I’m here to tell you that undead are just like you and me … well, okay. Possibly more like me than you."

Book III: City of Glass (March 24, 2009)


The cover features the new character, Sebastian, who is a Shadowhunter. He's a cousin of the Penhallows, who are friends of the Lightwoods', and he grew up at the Institute in Paris. His age is about seventeen.

Product Description

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters—never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.


As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City—whatever the cost?


Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of bestselling series the Mortal Instruments.


Includes an exclusive sneak peek of the fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series: City of Fallen Angels! And don't miss the teaser from Clockwork Angel, the first book in the Infernal Devices trilogy, the prequel to the Mortal Instruments series.




Plot:


The third book in the Mortal Instruments series starts a week after City of Ashes. The Lightwoods, Jace, and Clary are leaving for the city of Alicante that evening with the help of Magnus who was going to open a Portal. However, Simon goes to the Institute, where he and the Shadowhunters (except Clary) are attacked by dozens of Forsaken. One of them ends up hurting Simon. Magnus Bane opens the Portal they were using to get to Alicante that night, and the group jumps through to escape their attackers, taking Simon with them. Clary finds out and is infuriated because they left her, and in her anger creates a Portal to the city. Luke, knowing she could hurt herself, jumps in with her. They land in Lake Lyn, where the angel Raziel came out of to make the first Shadowhunters. Clary swallows some of the water and, because of the lake’s cursed magical properties, she begins to fever and hallucinate while she and Luke walk to Alicante. Luke gets Clary help from his sister, Amatis Herondale, (Stephen Herondale's first wife). Amatis agrees to let Clary stay with her.


Meanwhile, Jace, Simon, and the Lightwoods are introduced to Aline Penhallow, and her handsome cousin Sebastian Verlac. Jace immediately dislikes Sebastian, and flirts with Aline - a fact that angers Simon. Alec is ordered to bring Simon to meet the new Inquisitor, who is curious as to why they brought a Downworlder into Alicante. Simon, while under the impression that the Clave will Portal him back to New York, is thrown in jail after being interrogated. The next day the Inquisitor talks to him and tells him he wants Simon to lie about the Lightwoods, meaning that they never left Valentine and that they (including Alec, but not Isabelle and Max) are working for him, which Simon refuses and he puts him in jail again.



Clary sneaks out of Amatis’s house to visit the Lightwoods, where she catches Jace and Aline kissing and has a big argument with Jace. Leaving in anger, she runs into Sebastian, and tells him about how her mother is in a magical coma, and that she needs to find the warlock Ragnor Fell to fix it. Jace lashes out at Alec, admits that he knows Alec thinks himself to be in love with him but says that it is because he (Jace) was “safe”, and an excuse to not get into a relationship with Magnus.


Clary and Sebastian go to Ragnor’s house the next day, and Clary (while Sebastian is frozen because Magnus doesn’t trust him) is shocked to learn that Ragnor was killed and Magnus was there in his place. Magnus tells Clary what she needs, and the answer is in a spell book disguised as a cookbook in the Wayland country home. Sebastian takes Clary to the ruins of Fairchild manor where he kisses her but she pushes him away. Sebastian then tells Clary about Simon being in jail. In jail Raphael (in projection=not corporally there) visits Simon and tells him to go far where no one can find him because he (Simon) is dangerous for the vampire species.


Clary returns to Amatis's house to find Jace waiting for her. She confronts him about Simon ending up in jail, and they have a brief fight. Afterwards, she gets Jace to take her to Wayland manor making a portal with Jace's stele, where they discover an underground laboratory that Valentine had below the manor. They find a half-dead angel named Ithuriel who shows them memories, and Jace learns that he has demon blood, due to an experiment that Valentine performed on him while Jace was in the womb. The two then give Ithuriel a knife, realizing that there was no way to nurse the angel back to health. Ithuriel kills himself and the manor collapses, but both Jace and Clary survive. They kiss, then get into an argument, and they walk the five hours home in silence because Clary lost Jace's stele, only to find the city below them, Alicante, in flames.


Meanwhile, Alec, Isabelle, Aline, Sebastian, and Max are in Alicante, and they are attacked by demons, taking Aline, Isabelle goes out while Alec hides Max. In the streets she finds out there are a lot of demons and the wards are no longer working. Alec finds her and heads to the house. Sebastian, Max, and Isabelle hide in the house, while Alec goes out again to fight demons. Isabelle while in the house goes upstairs to get weapons, and returns to find Sebastian in the kitchen, and Max nowhere to be found. Isabelle starts to worry, right before she gets hit in the head with a hammer. Meanwhile, Alec is out looking for Aline when he finds Magnus. After saving his life they have a discussion about their relationship and Alec promises that if they both live he will introduce Magnus to his whole family. Jace and Clary enter Alicante and find Maia who saves them from a demon and tells them that Luke brought all the werewolves he could think of to help the Shadowhunters and that they have been helping by hiding the Shadowhunters in the Hall of the Accords (including Alec and Magnus).


Jace and Clary run to the Hall of the Accords with Maia and find Alec. Clary meets Luke, who starts having a discussion with the Consul. Clary sneaks off and gives the spell book they found at the manor to Magnus, who promises to cure Clary’s mother, Clary thanks him when Sebastian comes in and sees Magnus with the book, at the same time Jace appears with Alec. Sebastian takes Clary out of the group and tells her Simon is still in jail. Clary runs off with Jace and Alec.


The trio arrives at the jail where Simon is kept and breaks him out. They also get Samuel out, who they learn is actually Hodge, the previous keeper of the Institute. He tells them that the third of the Mortal Instruments (the mirror), the only one Valentine does not possess, is none other than Lake Lyn. Sebastian goes up and kills Hodge, claiming it was to keep them out of danger. When Simon sees Hodge's blood, he goes away to calm himself. Jace, Clary and Alec realize Sebastian is not who he pretends to be. Realizing his cover is blown; Sebastian admits to being a spy for Valentine and starts a fight with them, then Simon appears and attacks him, causing Sebastian to run away. The four teens go back to the Hall, and learn that Max was killed by Sebastian.


The next day, Aline visits Clary and Simon and tells them the Sebastian who had been with them is not the real Sebastian by showing them pictures of the real Sebastian (she hadn't seen Sebastian since she was a child) and they also suspect that it has happened to others. Valentine comes as a Projection and warns the Clave that they have until midnight of the next day to surrender. If they don’t, then Valentine will attack Alicante and slay every Shadowhunter left. He kills the Inquisitor instead of Luke, to Clary's surprise. After that the he leaves.


Clary and Simon go to the new house where the Lightwoods are staying and tell them (excluding Isabelle because she is locked in her room) that Sebastian wasn't really Sebastian. Jace takes Clary to Amatis's house while Simon decides to stay and try talking to Isabelle who blames herself for Max's death. Reluctantly Isabelle let Simon go inside her room and the two end up sleeping together. Meanwhile, at Amatis’s house Jace tells Clary how much he loves her. They talk and end up falling asleep on the bed together. At the Hall of the Accords, Luke and some other Shadowhunters are trying to make a plan with no progress when discretely Jace comes. Luke goes out to talk with Jace who tells him he is going to go and find Sebastian and kill Valentine. At Amatis’s house, Clary wakes up to find that Jace is gone, and in his place he left the Morgenstern ring and a note, saying that he has gone to find Sebastian.


Clary goes downstairs and sees Simon and Isabelle making breakfast. She tells Isabelle what happened and they have a discussion where Simon interferes. Then Clary’s mother Jocelyn, after coming out of her coma, shows up at the door. She and her mother argue, then Clary, in a fit of anger, storms out of the house to a hill, where she is eventually joined by Simon. They have a conversation and realize that the reason Simon can go out in sunlight is because he had drunk Jace’s blood, who isn’t a “normal Shadowhunter”. They also see, while sitting on the hill, that the Clave was planning to surrender to Valentine. Clary flashes back to a rune that the dying Ithuriel had showed her, and realizes that it was a binding rune, meant to bring a Downworlder and a Shadowhunter together so they can share each other’s powers. She tells the Clave this which, after much deliberation, accepts.


Clary talks with her mother and tell her she is proud of her. She also tells her that Clary was given angel’s blood while in the womb, thus giving her the power to create new runes. Clary also discovered that, while Jace wasn’t actually her brother, Sebastian is (so Sebastian has the demon blood, not Jace). Jace was the son of Stephen Herondale, therefore grandson of the previous Inquisitor (Imogen Herondale, who died in the previous book), and while Jace was not born, he also received angel blood, explaining why he could jump extremely high. Then people start bonding with the Downworlders. Alec "comes out" by kissing Magnus Bane in front of everyone in the Hall, including Robert and Maryse Lightwood.


Meanwhile, the vampire leader Raphael shows up in Projection form and says that if the Clave hands over Simon, then the vampires will fight in the battle. Simon, knowing that Raphael intends to kill him, lets Clary mark him with the Mark of Cain, the first Mark ever used and an extremely powerful protection spell. Simon goes to Raphael, who can’t kill him upon discovering the Mark, but Simon must now fight in the battle.


Jace finds Sebastian talking with Valentine, who intends to go to Lake Lyn to summon Raziel. After Valentine leaves, the two boys fight, and Sebastian tells Jace that he is Clary’s brother, not Jace. Isabelle shows up as Jace is almost killed but Jace has to save her and so kills Sebastian. Clary, upon learning of her father’s plans, Portals to Lake Lyn to stop Valentine from summoning Raziel to get a wish. Valentine binds and silences her with runes. Jace comes to stop Valentine after healing himself from the wounds Sebastian gave him. Because the summoning requires death, Valentine then proceeds to kill Jace and summon the angel Raziel. Raziel, however, sees through Valentine’s selfish plans, and because Clary managed to put her name on the Binding runes instead of her father's, Raziel kills Valentine. Because of the runes Clary gets a wish from Raziel and wishes Jace back to life.


The story ends at the Downworlder party when Clary finds Jace. They kiss and then watch the fireworks. Clary said at the ending of the book that the fireworks look like fallen angels.


My Review @Shelfari: 


31-Dec 2009 This book is definitely great!! the chapter before the 2nd part was so intense and existing in a high degree!! Without doubt, I am so looking forward to the 4th installment.


2-Jan 2010 I just finished the book and it was the ending I was hoping for, Happily ever after!! Amazing, I am so happy about how the author twisted everything and made it reasonable and answered everything question the reader might ask. Great Book. I really want to read the next book. 2011 seems a very long way away!




From my favorite quotes:
  • “I am a man and men do not consume pink beverages. Get thee gone, woman, and bring me something brown.”
  • “I have a fetish for damsels in distress.”
  • “If I feel the urge to burst into flames, I'll let you know.”
  • “I have to say, I'm surprised. I've always been told my presence brightened up any room. One might think that went doubly for dank underground cells.”
  • “I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there's a life after that, I'll love you then.”
  • "Clarissa," he said, "here with the vampire, I see. When things settle down a bit, we really need to have a talk about your choice of pets."
  • "It had taken him a few tries to find her door, but the scream of "Go Away!" that had emanated from behind this one convinced him he'd made the right choice."
  • "Look you can date whoever you want and I will totally support you. I am all about support. Support is my middle name."
    "So that's why you never told me your middle name. I figured it was something embarrassing."
  • "...I'm pretty sure he <Sebastian> didn't actually care one way or the other whether I lived or died."
    "Now you're being too hard on him," Jace said. "I'm sure he'd rather you died."
  • "Patience grasshopper," said Maia. "Good things come to those who wait."
    "I always thought that it was 'Good things come to those who do the wave'", said Simon. "No wonder I've been so confused all my life."
  • “I’m not an angel, Jace. I don’t return library books. I steal illegal music off the Internet. I lie to my mom. I am completely ordinary.”
  • "Alec refuses to acknowledge that we have a relationship, and so I refuse to acknowledge him."
  • “Tell you what. We live through this, and I promise I’ll introduce you to my whole family.”
  • “Alec: You never called me back. I called you so many times and you never called me back.
    Magnus: Your city is under attack. The wards have been broken, and the streets are full of demons. And you want to know why I haven't called you?"
    Alec: I want to know why you haven't called me back.
    Magnus: You're an idiot!
    Alec: Is... that why you haven't called me? Because I'm an idiot?”
  • "And now I'm looking at you," he said, "and you're asking me if I still want you, as if I could stop loving you. As if i would want to give up the thing that makes me stronger more than anything else ever has. i never dared give much of myself to anyone before - bits of myself to the Lightwoods, to Isabelle and Alec, but it took years to do it - but Clary since the first time I saw you. I have belonged to you completely. I still do. If you want me."
  • “It's my cologne, Eau de Recent Injury.” 


Before revealing the 4th cover.
The 3 previous books with the new 4th one.


Book IV: City of Fallen Angels (April 5, 2011)


The cover features Clary Fray, adorned in Shadowhunter runes wearing the golden silk dress which she wore to the engagement party and the Morgenstern Ring on her necklace which Jace gave to her, and the Daylighter, Simon Lewis. The cover was revealed on Cassandra Clare's blog in December 2010.

Product Description

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.


But nothing comes without a price.


Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary's best friend, Simon, can't help her. His mother just found out that he's a vampire and now he's homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side—along with the power of the curse that's wrecking his life. And they're willing to do anything to get what they want. Not to mention that he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other one.
When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.


Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.


Plot:


The book follows Simon's difficult transition into vampirism, but equally shows us more about Jace and Clary's relationship. Simon receives an offer from a vampire named Camille Belcourt who claims to have been usurped by Raphael. She says that if Simon joins her side as the Daylighter, then he will finally earn his place in vampire society. After his meeting with Camille, he returns home worried about what his mother will think as she has been suspicious since he went to Irdis (The City of Glass) and did not return for a few days. Although Mangus erased memories of his absence, she has been sub-consciously suspicious about everything from his whereabouts to his friends as to opposed to before when she was less strict. As Simon tries to adjust to life as a vampire, with the Mark of Cain, he is attacked numerous times and each time the Mark's curse works and the attackers are killed (including the time when on his way home in which two strange looking hooded muggers try to overtake to which one of them quickly meets his graphic and bloody demise through on biblical proportions because of the mark of Cain which disturbs Simon whereas the other muggers flee in terror).


Meanwhile, Jace has dreams in which he murders Clary by stabbing her or choking her which previous has led to stress between the two of them. Clary's mother, Jocelyn, is having difficulty adjusting to Jace as Clary's boyfriend when he reminds her so much of Valentine. Clary and her mother also discover that someone is trying to make more children like Jonathan, which again Jocelyn has trouble coming to terms with.


At one of Simon's band's gigs, Simon runs off stage ill (mostly due to his lack of blood consumption). Maureen, the band's only fan, follows Simon and asks for his picture. Halfway through taking it, Simon bites her and drinks her blood, interrupted just in time by Jordan. The day after, they receive a message saying someone was holding Simon's girlfriend hostage, and he should go to save her. Calling up Clary, Isabelle and Maia, Simon determines it was a joke, only to find it was actually Maureen who had been kidnapped and had been killed.


Jace and Clary have an intimate moment in one of the spare rooms in the Institute where Clary is healing from the scars she had gotten when fighting a Hydra demon at the Church of Talto. He kisses her passionately all over and it progresses into something more passionate. They are close to having sex when Jace injures Clary with a knife. Disturbed by his recent nightmares, Jace poured out all his nightmares and the reason he is avoiding Clary. Clary then offered to help Jace by taking him to the Silent City where the Silent Brothers tell them that the nightmares Jace is having is due to his vulnerability to demonic influence. Jace agrees to stay in one of the cells of the Silent City for one night in order for the Silent Brothers to help him. When he slept that night, he dreams about Max. He cuts his arms after Max persuades him to do so in his dreams, and with his blood, Max, who is actually the demon Lilith, drew a rune on his chest which makes him under Lilith's possession now.


Jocelyn and Luke (now engaged) attend an engagement party organized by Luke's werewolf pack, in which Simon disappears. Clary also disappears after being kidnapped by Jace to which Clary does not know about yet. He has lied to Clary about leaving the silent brothers early (though he doesn't lie about how he wants to be bound her as the possession has not affected his feelings for her). Jace tells Clary about rune that binds them to one another for forever and Clary accepts and hands him her steele. He begins to draw a rune but Clary finds out too late that this not the rune he told her about as she begins to fall unconscious. Jace carries her away. Simon is led away from the party by Maureen, now a vampire, and is taken to Lilith, the creator of all demons, who has been alive since the beginning of time, who turned up at one of Simon's bands gigs and introduced herself as a promoter called Satrina (one of 17 names given to Lilith). She explains that she needs him to resurrect Sebastian from the dead. When he tells her he cannot bring the dead back to life, she tells him that he has had that power since he became a Daylighter. In order to persuade him to resurrect Jonathan, she possesses Jace, through his dreams (a matter of a protective ritual performed when a Shadowhunter is born; When Jace died in Idris and was resurrected by the Angel, this ritual was undone, leaving Jace vulnerable to possession) and orders him to kidnap Clary. Jace brings Clary to Lilith and she orders him to kill her if Simon does not resurrect Sebastian. Simon bites him and drains some of his blood. This poisons him because Sebastian has demon blood.


While Isabelle, Alec, Maia, and Jordan had followed after Simon using a business card they found in his wallet, to find him. When they get the building they check every floor until they found him, but instead of finding Simon they found the place that Lilith had used as her nurser, all the children dead. Everyone of them had clawed hands and black eyes like the one clary and her mom seen at the hospital. The babies were the outcome of lilith trying to make half demon children like Sebastian. While going through the room Isabelle notices a shape in the corner and attacks it, but it turns out to be a mother of one of the babies who then tells them the story of what was happening.


Meanwhile, Clary tricks Jace by saying how she does not to watch and he embraces (as the possession has not affected his feelings for her including his concern for her well being when he later asks if she is cold) . She then grabs Jace's knife and cuts the rune that Lilith is using to possess him on his chest, causing the real Jace to awaken and help to kill Lilith (who is really killed by Simon) when he throws himself in between Lilith and Clary, when Lilith is torturing Clary in front of Jace. The Clave appears at the scene, and Isabelle tells them the story of what happened downstairs while Jace is waiting for them upstairs. Jace and Clary share an inanimate moment up on the roof before she goes down to the lobby to meet her mother and Luke while Simon, Maia, Alec, Magnus and Isabelle are also down there. The book ends with Jace's rune healing, hearing Sebastian's voice in his head, and with Sebastian/Jonathan now in control of Jace, Jace is forced to finish the awakening ritual on Sebastian, who is now wholly alive.




My Review @Shelfari: 


I just finished the book moments ago, and let me tell you this, though I loved it, I'm so angry at the way this book ended! Where's the Clave? Where is the Silent Brothers? How could they leave Jace under *Spoilers* Sebastian's mercy!? I loved every kissing scene between Jace and Clary, and I loved the new edition to the story, Jordan and Maia's story. For the first time, I could say I found Simon kind of sexy, being a vampire suited him, I don't find the sign of Cain to be a bad thing, it protected him and Clary and Jace, and it killed Lilith. But I think book 5 [City of Lost Souls] will show us Camille's revenge on Simon. I think Jace will break Clary's heart.


I was surprised at the mention of Will Herondale! Is he gay? I thought when I read Clockwork Angel that he was into Tessa Gray!!


Anyway I can't wait till (May 8, 2012) and get my hands on City of Lost Souls!! I hope Jace will be stronger and Clary will save him for once.


From my favorite quotes:


  • "Jordan looked horrified. "Dude," he said, "do not follow other dudes to the bathroom."
  • "It was odd, Isabelle thought, watching someone so tall try to make himself look harmless and small."
  • "I am not a man. I have no male pride for you to trick me with, and I am not interested in single combat. That is entirely a weakness of your sex, not mine. I am a woman. I will use any weapon and all weapons to get what I want." 
  • "You and your name-dropping," he said. "'I knew Michael.' 'I knew Sammael.' 'The angel Gabriel did my hair.' It's like I'm with the Band with biblical figures."
  • "For a bachelor who'd never had children, Simon thought, Luke had an awful lot of kids to look after."


Book V: City of Lost Souls (May 8, 2012)

 In Book 5: City of Lost Souls, the Shadowhunters struggle to piece together their shattered world after a betrayal by one of their own leaves them reeling.

The Real COVER revealed:



City of Lost Souls Excerpt
Dirty Sexy Club Scene


"What's going on?" It was Jace, having fought his way free of the pack of dancers. More of the shimmering stuff had gotten on him, silver drops clinging to the gold of his hair. "Clary?"

"Sorry," she said, getting to her feet. "I got lost in the crowd."

"I noticed," he said. "One second I was dancing with you, and the next you were gone and a very persistent werewolf was trying to get the buttons on my jeans undone." He took Clary's hand, lightly ringing her wrist with his fingers. "Do you want to go home? Or dance some more?"

"Dance some more," she said, breathlessly. "Is that all right?"

"Go ahead." Sebastian leaned back, his hands braced behind him on the fountain's edge, his smile like the edge of a straight razor. "I don't mind watching."

Something flashed across Clary's vision: the memory of a bloody handprint. It was gone as soon as it had come and she frowned. The night was too beautiful to think of ugly things. She looked back at her brother only for a moment before she let Jace lead her back through the crowd to its edge, near the shadows, where the press of bodies was lighter. Another ball of colored light burst above their heads as they went, scattering silver, and she tipped her head up, catching the salt-sweet drops on her tongue.

Jace stopped and swung her toward him. She could feel the silver liquid trickling down her face like tears. He pulled her against him and kissed them, as if he were kissing tears away, and his lips were warm on her face and made her shiver. She reached for the zip on his army jacket, ripped it down, slid her hands inside and over the cotton of his shirt, then under the hem, her nails scratching lightly over his ribs. He stopped and cupped the back of her neck with his hand, leaning to whisper in her ear. Neither of them could be said to be dancing any more: the hypnotic music went on around them, but Clary barely noticed it. A couple dancing past laughed and made a derisive comment in Czech: she couldn't understand it, but suspected the gist was get a room.

Jace made an impatient noise and then he was pulling her after him again, through the last of the crowd and into one of the shadowy alcoves that lined the walls.

This alcove was conical, with a low stone pedestal in the center on which an angel statue, about three feet tall, stood. It was made of black basalt, but its eyes were glass, like doll eyes, and its wings were silver. The floor was slippery and damp. They skidded across it to fetch up against a wall, Jace with his back to it, and then he was kissing her, bruising hard and hungry kisses. He tasted salt-sweet, too, and moaned as she licked the taste off his lips. Her hands threaded through his hair. It was dark in the alcove, so dark Jace was just an outline of shadows and gold. She gripped the edges of his jacket, pushing it off his shoulders; it fell to the ground and he kicked it away. Her hands came up under his shirt, clawing at his back, fingers digging into the skin there, softness layered over hard muscle.

He kissed her harder and she clutched his shoulders as he sucked her bottom lip into his mouth and bit down on it, sending a shock of pleasure mixed with pain through her body. She squirmed to get closer to him and felt his breath quicken; she could taste blood in her mouth, salt and hot. It was as if they wanted to cut each other apart, she thought, to climb inside each other and breathe each other's breath and share each other's heartbeats, even if it killed them both. There was blood under her nails where she had clawed his back.

Jace pressed her forward, spinning them both around so she was pinned between his body and the wall. As they turned, he caught the edge of the angel statue, toppling it to the ground and shattering apart in a cloud of marble dust. He laughed and dropped to the ground in front of her on his knees among the remnants of broken statuary. She stared down at him in a daze as he ran his hands up her boots, to her bare legs, to the lace that edged the bottom of her slip dress. She sucked in her breath, as his hands slipped like water up and over the silk, to her waist, to grip her hips, leaving streaks of silver on the silk.

"What are you doing?" she whispered. "Jace?"

He looked up at her. The peculiar light in the club turned his eyes an array of fractured colors. His smile was wicked. "You can tell me to stop whenever you want," he said. "But you won't."

"Jace..." His hands bunched in the silk of her dress, dragging the hem up, and he bent to kiss her legs, the bare skin where her boots ended, her knees (who knew knees could be so sensitive?) and farther up, where no one had ever kissed her before. The kisses were light, and even as her body tensed that she wanted to tell him she needed more, but didn't know what, didn't know what she needed exactly, but it didn't matter because he seemed to know it. She let her head fall back against the wall, half-closing her eyes, hearing only her heartbeat like a drum in her ears, louder and louder still.





The 2nd one is Fan Made but I thought to share it because it looks good.



Book VI: City of Heavenly Fire (scheduled September, 2013)


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