MARCH 25, 2008
Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.
To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?
In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.
“Hold on tight for a smart, sexy thrill ride.”
-Libba Bray, New York Times bestselling author
“A gorgeous fantasy that’s so good, it’s dangerous.”
-Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author
“Trust us, you’ll be so into this smart, funny, romantic read that you won’t even be frustrated at the cliff-hanger ending — we’re just counting down to 2009, when the final chapter in Clary’s story hits the shelves!”
- A New York Times bestseller
- A USA Today bestseller
- An American Library Association Teens Top Ten Award winner, 2009
- 2010 International Reading Association (IRA) Young Adults’ Choice Title: “Young adult readers of all ages will enjoy this story of fantastic action and intriguing romantic entanglements.”