City of Bones


  • Clarissa "Clary" Fray/Morgenstern/Fairchild - The 15 later 16-year-old protagonist. Raised by her mother, Jocelyn Fray (nee Fairchild), a former Shadowhunter, and the werewolf Lucian 'Luke' Garroway/Graymark, a family friend who served as a fatherly figure to Clary. All traces of the magical world was hidden from Clary in an attempt to protect her and have her live a normal, non-Shadowhunter life. She is a little over 5 feet tall, thin, has bright red hair, green eyes, freckles, and described as looking nearly identical to her mother. She is an artist, like her mother, often drawing her emotions in pictures - her version of a diary. Throughout the remainder of the series, Clary embarks on a quest to help her mother while adjusting to a life as a Shadowhunter. She and Jace eventually develop a mutual attraction; although the revelation that they are siblings dashes their romantic hopes.
  • Jonathan Christoper "Jace" Wayland/Lightwood/Morgenstern/Herondale - A Shadowhunter orphaned at a young age because of his father's murder. He has lived with the Lightwoods and Hodge Starkweather at the Institute in New York City since he became a Shadowhunter. He is said to be the best Shadowhunter of his age, his father having trained him before his death. Jace is described as having golden hair, eyes, and skin. He is attracted to Clary, but becomes horrified after discovering that they are siblings.
  • Simon - Clary's human best friend and essentially only friend for about 10 years. He is secretly in love with Clary, though she does not appear to reciprocate those feelings and is oblivious to them until he directly tells her. He is jealous that Clary shows a larger amount of affection for Jace than himself. He becomes a vampire in the second book.
  • Isabelle Sophia "Izzy" Lightwood - Beautiful and pale, Izzy is a Shadowhunter; the only daughter of Maryse and Robert Lightwood, and younger sister to Alec Lightwood. She is described as tall and incredibly beautiful, with black hair and eyes. She, like her brother (Alec Lightwood), at first dislikes Clary, but, by the end of the novel, becomes her friend.
  • Alexander Gideon "Alec" Lightwood - Isabelle's brother. Though he has been a Shadowhunter for many years, he has yet to kill a demon, and is severely wounded in a fight with a Greater Demon. He has black hair and blue eyes. Alec is homosexual and is in love with Jace. He is jealous of Clary over Jace's affection for her.
  • Luke Garroway/Lucian Graymark - Once a Shadowhunter and a former member of the Circle, a group started by Valentine Morgenstern. He is Jocelyn's best friend and seems to be in love with her, though he has yet to declare it. Because of his close relationship with Jocelyn, Clary considers him a father figure. Luke became a werewolf when Valentine betrayed him. He has since become a pack leader twice (in Paris and in New York).
  • Valentine Morgenstern - A powerful, evil Shadowhunter, he reappears after years in hiding, during which he was presumed dead. He attempts to steal the Mortal Cup from his former wife, Jocelyn. He tells Jace and Clary that they are both his and Jocelyn's children.
  • Magnus Bane - The High Warlock of Brooklyn, who has a romantic interest in Alec Lightwood. When his name is found imprinted inside Clary's mind, Clary and her allies seek him out to uncover his connection to her past and her mother. He saved Alec from death when the latter was injured by a Greater Demon.
  • Hodge Everdeen - Isabelle, Alec, and Jace's eccentric hatre.
  • Jocelyn Fray/Fairchild/Morgenstern - Clary's mother and a former Shadowhunter seeking isolation from the magical world in means of protecting Clary from Valentine, her estranged husband. An artist, Jocelyn is described as elegant and beautiful, with long red hair darker than Clary's. She hid the Mortal Cup (one of the three Mortal Instruments) so that no one else could claim it or disclose its location, leaving subtle clues that only her daughter, Clary, would be able to decipher. When she found two-year-old Clary playing with faeries, Jocelyn sought Magnus Bane's help and every two years he cast a spell on Clary's mind that shielded her from seeing the Shadowhunter world. She was abducted by Valentine in hopes of discovering where she hid the Mortal Cup, Jocelyn is eventually found by Clary in a potion-induced coma, and is taken to the hospital.

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