Friday, January 21, 2011

The Characters

Mortal Instruments

Fighting, hunting, and killing demons are the things Jace is good ad. Though the jagged scars and black runic Marks on his body are a badge of honor as far as he's concerned, he keeps a lot to himself. Like the fact that his parents were murdered by Valentine's servants in front of him when he was ten years old. There are a lot of things Jace doesn't talk about — until he meets Clary, a mundane girl who can see him, maybe better than he can see himself. The connection that binds them will force Jace to confront the black secrets of a past he never wanted to remember...

Fifteen-year-old red-headed troublemaker, artist, and anime enthusiast. Her best (and only real) friend is a boy; her mother is a forgetful artist, and her playground is the streets and nightclubs of Manhattan. Until one night she sees a group of teenagers — who no one else can see — kill a boy. Who turns out to not really have been a boy at all...

Isabelle's brother and the eldest of the Lightwood children, Alec is a reluctant Shadowhunter who would rather read about demons than fight them. His fierce devotion to his adoptive brother, Jace, hides a secret Alec would die to protect.

The daughter of an ancient Shadowhunting family, Isabelle glitters like the silver-gold whip she uses to snare marauding demons. She's smart, she's deadly, she's beautiful, and she doesn't seem to like Clary much — a feeling that turns mutual once Isabelle takes a surprising interest in Simon..
Simon Lewis likes his life. He lives in a cool neighborhood in Brooklyn, plays drums in a band whose name changes every day, and hides a not-so-secret crush on his best friend. He's planning to tell her about it — some day. Some day comes all too quickly when Clary's mother disappears, sucking them both into the secret world of the Shadowhunters, plunging them into mortal danger, and, even more annoyingly, throwing them into the path of Jace, the blond Shadowhunter who seems to hold an irresistible fascination for Clary...

Magnus is the High Warlock of Brooklyn. He's three hundred years old, lives in a loft in Williamsburg, and likes to throw parties. Lots and lots of parties. He also likes to wear sequins, rainbow-colored leather pants, and cover himself with glitter. Lots and lots of glitter. Magnus seems like an unlikely savior, but when Clary finds his signature written inside her mind, she realizes he may hold the key to the mystery of her mother's whereabouts.
Luke is a jeans-and-flannel kind of guy, a friendly bookstore owner who, Clary's mother Jocelyn has always told her, is one of her oldest friends. Sometimes Clary wishes Luke was her dad — at least until Jocelyn goes missing and Luke mysteriously refuses to help Clary find her, when Clary starts to wonder exactly what she really does know about this "old friend of the family"...

Once one of Valentine's foot soldiers, a curse put on him by the Nephilim keeps Hodge trapped in the Lightwoods' home. Having tutored Alec and Isabelle since they were children, Hodge is like a member of the family — but Clary can't help but wondering what secrets about the past, including Jace's parents, he's trying to conceal.

Fifteen years ago, Valentine led a band of rebel Shadowhunters against an army of Downworlders and nearly destroyed everything it had taken the Nephilim a thousand years to build. When his army was defeated, he slaughtered his family and took his own life — or did he?

Infernal Devices

Will: Seventeen-year-old Will is the sort of young man nice Victorian girls were warned against. He drinks, gambles, and enjoys the company of ladies of questionable virtue—at least, as much as he enjoys anything. Will hates everyone and everything, with the possible exception of Jem, and even that's in some doubt. Charlotte despairs of keeping him alive past the age of nineteen. When he finds himself oddly drawn to Tessa, his friends begin to hope that the Downworlder girl will prove Will's unlikely salvation—but as Tessa grows closer to the bleak secret that makes his life a prison, danger threatens to destroy them both if she ever finds out the truth.

Tessa: Tessa has spent the first sixteen years of her life being overprotected by her aunt after the death of her parents in a carriage accident. She lives almost all her life in books, dreaming of having the kind of adventures the heroines she reads about do—until she is forced to travel from New York to London when her brother Nathaniel goes missing and only a pair of mysterious—and sinister—women called the Darke Sisters seem to know where he might have gone. The Shadowhunters of the London Institute may be Tessa's only hope of finding Nate, but their mysterious world of demons and Downworlders holds many dangers for her—especially when she realizes she might be more a part of it than she'd thought. 

Jem: Brought up in the Institute in Shanghai, Jem's parents were killed by a demon who allowed Jem to live—but with a terrible price to be paid. Frail and silver-haired, Jem seems an unlikely demon-killer, but his skills and swift intelligence make him a formidable foe. He finds a kindred spirit in Tessa as both of them feel they are torn between two worlds, neither belonging completely to one or to the other. As Jem's affection for her grows, will Will have to hurt the only person in his life he's ever seemed to care about?

Jessamine: Jessamine's parents, like Will's were Shadowhunters who left the Clave. Their deaths in a fire orphaned her, leaving her to be brought up in the Institute by Charlotte and Henry. Jessamine hates everything about being a Shadowhunter, from the training to the danger to the existence of demons, which she seems "smelly and disgusting." Armed with a razor-edged parasol and an equally sharp tongue, Jessamine can be dangerous if she wants to be—to herself as much as to the supernatural creatures she's sometimes forced to encounter.

Charlotte: Twenty-two year-old Charlotte runs the entire Institute with a capable hand. Kind and loving, she does her best to care for the orphaned Shadowhunters who live under her roof while hiding her loneliness from the absent-minded husband she loves. It seems as if there's nothing Charlotte can't manage—until Tessa's search for her missing brother begins to uncover a web of corruption and deceit in London's Downworld that threatens to tear London's Conclave of Shadowhunters apart.

Henry: Absent-minded and brilliant, Henry spends his waking hours in the crypt of the Institute, inventing fabulous machines and weapons out of cogs cams and gears. Unfortunately just as many of Henry's inventions don't work as the ones that do, and Henry is as likely to set himself on fire as he is to invent something new and amazing. When Tessa finds herself followed by a silent band of assasins who turn out to be automata—human beings made from clockwork parts—it is Henry who must decipher how they work in order to find the demonic mechanical genius at the heart of the most evil plan London's supernatural world has ever seen.

Source: TMI official page and ID official page 

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