Shadowhunters! We’re your next stop on the City of Bones Read-Along.
Continuing now until August 12, TMI Source, Page to Premiere, Mundie Momsand Fangirlish will be hosting a read-along to prepare you for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which hits theaters on August 21.
CHAPTER 13 – THE MEMORY OF WHITENESS
This chapter picks up at Magnus’ party immediately after the revelation that Clary’s mom was responsible for the block in her mind. We learn that Magnus has seen Clary every two years since she was two years old where he would recast the spell. Jocelyn had Magnus blind her of the Sight. When Clary asks Magnus to take the spell off he tells her he cannot. But the spell is beginning to wear off. Clary is worried that she’s “damaged,” but Magnus assures her that every teenager feels that way. Magnus opens up about his past — about his churchgoing parents and how they reacted to their son “bearing the devil’s mark.”
To help Clary remember, Magnus shows her the Gray book. Clary watches as runes appear as she flips each page and recognizes their meanings. Jace explains that Magnus showed her the rune for understanding and remembrance in hopes of activating “dormant memories.”
Clary tells Magnus she still doesn’t remember about the Mortal Cup. Magnus said he saw nothing of the Mortal Instruments in her memories. It’s here where we discover why the series is named so. He goes on to explain the Mortal Instruments and how Angel Raziel gifted a cup, a sword and a mirror to the first Shadowhunters. The Silent Brothers have the sword and the cup and mirror were in Idris until Valentine. Jace tells Magnus that Valentine is after the Cup. Magnus won’t help them find the Cup. Even if could. He won’t.
Back at the party, Clary, Jace and Ale find Isabelle and she tells them that Simon is a rat. Seriously. A rat. Clary hurries to the bar where Simon is hiding under. She drops to her knees and peers under and sees beady eyes. Simon. Simon the rat scurries out from under the bar and into Clary’s hands. Magnus informs them there’s no point in turning Simon back because the effects will wear off in a few hours. Clary puts Simon the rat in her backpack as they head out. As they are leaving they pass a group of vampires who are complaining about someone vandalizing their motorbikes (we all know it was Jace).
At this point, Magnus clears everyone out. Party’s over. In the crowd leaving the party someone bumps into Clary’s shoulder and brushes her backpack. She looks up and sees a vampire grinning at her. “Hey pretty thing. What’s in the bag?” Jace comes up beside her. “Holy water.”
As they’re leaving, we get our first glimpse of Malec. “Call me?” Magnus pulls Clary aside and tells her there’s a message from her mother. “Keep in mind that when your mother fled from the Shadow World, it wasn’t the monsters she was hiding from…It was them. It was the Shadowhunters.”
As they’re walking back to the Institute, Clary notices that her backpack is open. And Simon is gone.
Clary and Jace head back to Magnus’. He tells them he saw a vampire leave the party with a brown rat in his hands. Jace asks where their lair is. Hotel Dumort, Magnus tells them.