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City of Bones


City of Bones by Cassandra Clare - Summary


"City of Bones" is the first book in Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, set in a contemporary world filled with demons, vampires, werewolves, and shadowhunters. The story follows Clary Fray, a teenager who discovers she's part of a lineage of Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. When her mother disappears, Clary is thrust into the world of demon hunting with the mysterious Jace and her best friend Simon.


  • Clary Fray: The protagonist, a spirited teenager who discovers her shadowhunter heritage.
  • Jace Wayland: A skilled shadowhunter who helps Clary navigate the new world she's thrust into.
  • Simon Lewis: Clary's best friend, who gets involved in the shadowhunter world.
  • Isabelle and Alec Lightwood: Siblings and fellow shadowhunters who fight alongside Jace and Clary.
  • Valentine Morgenstern: The antagonist, a powerful and ruthless shadowhunter with a dark agenda.


The story kicks off with Clary witnessing a murder at a nightclub, visible only to her. This event leads her into the shadow world, where she learns about her true identity and her mother's past. As she delves deeper, Clary discovers her mother's connection to Valentine, a shadowhunter turned villain, who seeks the Mortal Cup to control all shadowhunters and creatures of the night.

Clary, along with Jace, Simon, and the Lightwoods, embarks on a quest to find the Mortal Cup before Valentine can. Along the way, she faces numerous challenges, uncovers family secrets, and battles demons both literal and metaphorical. The journey is as much about self-discovery and coming of age as it is about the fight between good and evil.


  • Identity and Heritage: Clary's journey is a quest for self-discovery, learning about her heritage and powers.
  • Love and Friendship: The book explores the complexities of love and friendship, especially in the triangle between Clary, Jace, and Simon.
  • Good vs. Evil: The classic battle is personalized through Clary's fight against Valentine, her own father.


"City of Bones" sets the stage for an enthralling series, blending urban fantasy with the trials of growing up. Cassandra Clare weaves a world that's as enchanting as it is dangerous, marking the beginning of a saga that explores the boundaries of love, loyalty, and what it means to truly find oneself.