||Troubled romances, bloodshed, and the threat of war all come into play in this deeply compelling continuation of the Mortal Instruments series. Even after finally defeating Valentine, all is not well in the underworld of the Shadowhunters and Downworlders. A loyal disciple of Valentine is murdering Shadowhunters and leaving them strewn across New York City in ways that make Downworlders seem culpable. Clary, Jace, and everyone else must find out what's going on before another war starts, at the same time juggling their own complicated relationships. Meanwhile, Simon is seriously struggling with his new life as a vampire, and decides to take off in a desperate attempt to find himself and avoid Downworlder politics. This is the fourth book in the bestselling Mortal Instruments series, which begins with CITY OF BONES.
||Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in the #1 New York Times bestselling fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series.The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And?most importantly of all?she can finally call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price. Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary's best friend, Simon, can't help her?his mother just found out that he's a vampire, and now he's homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.