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. . . .
Now the books have a good plot, but I found the writing to dull. Now the fact that this is being made into a movie and becoming the next franchise, I don't even think I want to see the movie. One reason I was so disturbed by the series is because in book one, Jace and Clary have romantic feelings for each other just to find out they are brother and sister. It turns out in book three they aren't related but because of that revelation is the reason most of my friends turned away from the book. I think another one of the reasons I don't really get a kick out of the books is because I know about what Cassandra did in the Harry Potter fandom. But if you read the details closely, you can see where her main characters are pretty similar to the Harry Potter characters, but you can see how it has the essence of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It is so clear she is trying to copy Rowling but really folks, no one will ever be like J.K Rowling.
I wasn't too impressed with this series, and I HAVE read way better books that deal with angels than her books, and after finding out from a friend what happens to Clary in book five, I can safely say I don't think I will read the rest of the books in this series. This book didn't even have much angel elements which made me very sad. I am also shocked this "stuff" is being turned into a movie. From what I heard, since I didn't like her The Mortal Instruments, I've been told I would get a better liking to her other trilogy The Infernal Devices, we will have to wait and see just how much I like that series.