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. . . .
This book introduces so much we meet Clary and Simon and see their friendship, where Simon wants more but Clary hasn’t figured that out. Then the two meet JAce, Alec, and Isabelle and learn about Shadowhunters. Clary also learns her mother is in a coma but doesn’t know what happened, or the power she has inside. There was so much in this book a chance at romance by two different men, betrayal of someone the Shadowhunters were close to and the revelation of something so shocking it grips you to the next book! What a great job!