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.
Why don’t parents tell their kids the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? It would save themselves so much trouble in the end. A few years ago, I predicted fallen angels or Nephilim would be the next big thing in young adult literature. The term Nephilim refers to a mating between fallen angels and humans. Ms. Clare does something new with the term. In this series, Shadowhunters are a mixture of human and angels. Shadowhunters were created when the angel Raziel mixed his blood in a cup and had some knights drink it. The purpose of these new warriors was to safeguard the world against demons. The Shadowhunters are stronger and faster than humans, but they are aided by angelic runes that give the wearer additional abilities, some permanent, some temporary.
I enjoyed the series. The last “Nephilim” series I read was Hush, Hush. It was nice change. I think my favorite characters in the book were Simon and Luke. Ok, so my fascination with Luke is that I found out that Aidan Turner would be playing his character in the movie. I liked the author’s concept of warlocks, vampires, and fairies namely that they all have some demonic origins. I thought the author was making some interesting statements about racism. I’m hoping that this gets explored some more in upcoming books.
The movie was so-so. I liked the casting, but the script could have been a lot better. I read through this series as well as the Infernal Devices series in a couple of weeks. Definitely a series to read.