Mortal Instruments

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Clarissa "Clary" Fray (also referred to as Fairchild and Morgenstern) is described to have long, curly red hair and bright green eyes. She is very small and thin and often viewed as younger than she actually is. Clary is an artist and in the first book, City of Bones, she believes she is a mundane, or a human without angelic powers. It is later revealed she is in fact a Shadowhunter, or a human with angelic qualities. Clary is described as being incredibly stubborn and often rushes into dangerous situations without thinking about the consequences. Her best friend in the series is Simon Lewis and she is dating Jace Lightwood.
Jace Lightwood (also been referred as Wayland, Morgenstern, and Herondale)
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Valentine was married to Clary's mother, Jocelyn, and they had two children: Jonathan and Clary. Valentine is believed to be dead in City of Bones but at the end the reader finds out he is alive and the father of Jace Wayland. In the following installment, City of Ashes, we discover that Valentine is stealing the Mortal Instruments in order to raise the angel Raziel. In City of Glass, Valentine's real son Jonathan, or Sebastian Verlac who he pretends to be in order to gain access into Idris and earn the Shadowhunters trust, shows up and we discover that Valentine fed demonic blood to his son in order to create a new breed of "Dark" Shadowhunters which are more powerful than ordinary Shadowhunters. Valentine is killed by the angel Raziel after he raises him from Lake Lyn.
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City of Bones was highly popular at the time of release, reaching #8 on the New York Times Best Seller list (Children's books) in April 2007.[1] City of Ashes was one of the YALSA's top ten teen books for 2009.[2]
Publishers Weekly commented that it "is a sprawling urban fantasy packed with just about every type of creature known to the genre".[3] Locus praised the book as "a highly readable first novel".[4] Booklist said that there was "plenty of romance, loss, honor, and betrayal to make the journey worthwhile. An experienced storyteller, Clare moves the plot quickly to a satisfying end."[5] School Library

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