The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare is one of my favorite series of all time. It mixes together intrigue, badass women, fantasy, supernatural and romance in a smooth blend. The multiple perspective writing that Cassandra has integrated in these books lets you see the world from many angles and seamlessly comes together to create a whole and heart-pounding story about Shadowhunters and their constant battle against evil.
Warning! There will be spoilers!
City of Ashes
Published March 25th, 2008
Page Count: 453
“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? Clary would love to spend more time with her best friend, Simon. But the Shadowhunters won’t 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. When the second of the Mortal Instruments is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor suspects Jace. Could Jace really be willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?”
“Just because you said dragon demons were extinct—”“I said mostly extinct.”Alec jabbed a finger toward him.“Mostly extinct,” he said, his voice trembling with rage, “is NOTEXTINCT ENOUGH.”“I see,” said Jace. “I’ll just have them change the entry in the demonology textbook from ‘almost extinct’ to ‘not extinct enough for Alec. He prefers his monsters really, really extinct.’ Will that make you happy?”
“Desire is not always lessened by disgust. Nor can it be bestowed, like a favor, to those most deserving of it.”
“Mom. I have something to tell you. I’m undead. Now, I know you may have some preconceived notions about the undead. I know you may not be comfortable with the idea of me being undead. But I’m here to tell you that undead are just like you and me … well, okay. Possibly more like me than you.”“SIMON.”“All right, all right.”He went on. “The first thing you need to understand is that I’m the same person I always was. Being undead isn’t the most important thing about me. It’s just part of who I am. The second thing you should know is that it isn’t a choice. I was born this way.” Simon squinted at her over the pamphlet. “Sorry, reborn this way.”
“That does it,” said Jace. “I’m going to get you a dictionary for Christmas this year.”“Why?” Isabelle said.“So you can look up ‘fun.’ I’m not sure you know what it means.”
“Love makes liars of us all.”
“I’ve got a stele we can use. Who wants to do me?”“A regrettable choice of words,” muttered Magnus.”
“I’d say it’s been nice meeting you all, but, in fact, it hasn’t. It’s been quite awkward, and frankly, the next time I see a single one of you will be far too soon.”“Because only Jace can piss someone off that much.”
“We came to see Jace. Is he alright?”“I don’t know,” Magnus said. “Does he normally just lie on the floor like that without moving?”