Clary Fray is an ordinary New York teenager – hanging out with her mate, Simon, going to clubs and stuff and seeing people and things that no-one else can. Hang on… turns out her mother was a Shadowhunter, but she is now gone. And Clary has a whole world to learn about – and fight for.
It’s a good book, setting up the world for the several sequels, and has been an extremely popular series – The Mortal Instruments. (Not to be confused with Phillip Pullman’s His Mortal Instruments series). I found it a bit samey to other books, though I do like Clary as a main character. I thought the romance was pretty forced – I cannot help but think that if I were fighting off some huge creature, I probably wouldn’t be distracted by a boy’s muscular form, or some such. I’d recommend this series for people who have read Harry Potter and are looking for another series.