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Characters

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Clary Fray

Fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is the focus of the story. Even though the narration is third-person, it follows Clary around 95% of the time. With her fiery red hair and personality to match, she stan...

Jace Wayland

Jace is just as much of a main character as Clary is. He's on the cover, for goodness sakes. Sure, his rippling pectorals might draw a few readers on surface appeal alone, but inside he's troubled...

Simon

Simon is Clary's best friend. He's such a good friend, in fact, that she never feels the need to tell us his last name in this book. With all the name switching going on—Clary's mom and Luke have...

Luke Garroway

Known as Lucian Graymark in his other, hairier, life, Luke is a bookstore owner, Jocelyn's best friend, and unrequited love. He's loyal to Clary's family, even if his methods are a little unorthodo...

Hodge Starkweather

Hodge Starkweather. A lovely name. Hodge just rolls off the tongue. And Starkweather calls to mind images of blossoming rose fields and golden sunsets. Oh, who are we kidding. It's a miserable-soun...

The Lightwoods

Whip It Good! : Isabelle LightwoodIsabelle Lightwood is the first Shadowhunter we meet, following her through the Pandemonium Club before we're sure who—or what—she really is. She's first descr...

Magnus Bane

Magnus Bane, the High Warlock of Brooklyn, proves that Downworlders aren't that bad. If you needed any other reasons to convince you that Valentine's Downworlder extermination plan is a horrible id...

Valentine Morgenstern

There's no other name that strikes fear into the hearts of men like... Valentine Morgenstern. He says it means morning star, as in "How are thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!"...

Madame Dorothea

You've seen this kind of psychic before. You know, the kind with the sign that says "Pyshic Readings" [sic] or something similar, and you think "She must have known the sign would be misspelled, ha...

Brother Jeremiah

Brother Jeremiah is one of the Silent Brothers of the Silent City. We're not sure how many of them there are total, but one seems to be enough to fulfill our creepiness quota for the day. Jace tell...

Jocelyn Fray

We only get to see Clary's mother briefly at the beginning of the book before she's knocked unconscious and chained up in Valentine's asylum. And Valentine's her ex-husband, too! Talk about your dy...

Blackwell and Pangborn

Blackwell and Pangborn put the flunk in flunkies. They seem pretty intimidating at first. Jace believes they killed his father. But it turns out they didn't. They work for Jace's father, Valentine....
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