If tattoo-covered demon hunters descended from angels aren’t enough to get you to read Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, I have two words for you: Jace Wayland.
If like me, you are a lover of the haughty male with a penchant for witty, biting comments and a heart of gold (Think Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy) you will adore Jace.
Now, to meet Jace, you’ll have to read the books, which are delightful and shouldn’t be too hard for the dedicated YA supernatural lover.
The story begins with the first novel “City of Bones,” which follows 16-year-old Clary Fray as she discovers the world of the Shadowhunters, a race of warriors trained to kill demons, who are invisible to the regular human (mundie or”mundane”) eye.
Jace is a shadowhunter. Shadowhunters, also called the Nephilim, are aided in their fight by Marks, tattoos drawn onto skin that grant the bearer healing and strength. The Nephilim are said to have been born when an angel mixed his blood with that of humans. Shadowhunters bless their weapons with angels’ names and often swear “by the Angel.”
Now to give a taste of what people are missing by not reading this series. : )
Top Five “City of Bones” Jace-isms:
Jace: “One of the Silent Brothers is here to see you. Hodge sent me to wake you up. Actually he offered to wake you himself, but since it’s 5 a.m., I figured you’d be less cranky if you had something nice to look at.”
Clary: “Meaning you?
Jace: “What else?”
Jace: “It means ‘Shadowhunters: Looking Better in Black Than the Widows of our Enemies Since 1234.”
“Of course there’s a parlor,” said Dorothea. “Where else should I entertain?”
Jace: “I’ll just leave my hat with the footman.”
Clary: “Don’t stop there. I suppose there are also, what, vampires and werewolves and zombies?”
Jace: “Of course there are. Although you mostly find zombies farther south, where the voudun priests are.”
Clary: “What about mummies? Do they only hang around Egypt?”
Jace: “Don’t be ridiculous. No one believes in mummies.”
“…Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?’
Jace: “Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself.”
…”At least,” she said, “you don’t have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland.”
Jace: “Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.”
Clare continues the story of Clary and the Shadowhunters in “City of Ashes” and “City of Glass” and the upcoming fourth installment, “City of Fallen Angels.”
To find out more for yourself, visit Clare’s website, http://www.mortalinstruments.com/mortalfaq.html.