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The Mortal Instruments

Cassandra Clare

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..

This is the series that introduces the Shadowhunters, going on to become four series;  thirteen books currently (with at least four more coming), three short story collections and an array of accompanying books (like the illustrated character guide).

All starting with Clary Fray, in The City of Bones, discovering the shadow world. I started this series when I was sixteen and am still reading it now, It just has everything a teen could want, adventure, danger, action, forbidden love, badass ladies, empathetic men, vampires, werewolves, faeries and a breaking down of backwards and prejudicial governments! 

Please don't judge this series (or any of this interconnecting sequels or prequels) by its adaptations. While neither the 2013 movie or recently cancelled Netflix series was a huge success, the Shadowhunter is much more than the guilty pleasures viewing that they were.