(An ALA Teens' Top Ten Book) When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, in this first book in the Mortal Instruments series—now a motion picture starring Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower—she hardly expects to witness a murder, much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing even stranger weapons. But no one else seems to be able to see the killers—and then the victim's body disappears into thin air. This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters—warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Wildly popular with fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and other urban fantasy series in print and on screen, Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series for young adults chronicles the adventures of a group of teenaged demon hunters in New York City. The first three books in the series, including this one, were voted into the annual Teens' Top Ten list of the Young Adult Library Services division of the ALA.
"Funny, dark, and sexy. One of my favorite books."—Holly Black