This story was outstanding and I love how it twists and turns. Clary is a 15 year old teenager growing up in New York who for the most part lived like an ordinary teenager . Until one night at the pandemonium night club she witnesses a murder that she wasn't supposed to be able to see . Her mother, Jocelyn, sought to protect her from all the things she herself hated about the downworld. All traces of the magical world were hidden from her by a powerful warlock named Magnus Bane at the request of her mother in an attempt to keep her safe. Jocelyn, has a very dark past and had left it behind when she found herself pregnant with Clary. I can sympathize with her because her life was so complicated and hard and dangerous.But the secrets of her past were about to unfold in an exciting hip urban fantasy world.