Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.
To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?
In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City's Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.
In the 2nd book we dig deeper into Simon-Clary relationship which became more romantic. Clary feels a little bit strange about that and safe at the same time – this is Simon, she knows him for so many years and she can really depend on him. No secrets, no lies, she know who he is. She feels it’s the right decision to be with him although she doesn’t love him like a boyfriend.
Along with this she’s still in love with Jace who appeared to be her brother and everything is a bit complicated. He feels the same way about her and this confuses and frustrates them both. The episode when the Queen of fairies made them kiss and Simon pissed off, run away and almost got killed by vampires makes her feel really guilty about her feelings for Jace. As a result Simon becomes a vampire and Clary constantly torturing herself because of this.
Despite her really complicated relationship with boys she’s straight towards her feelings to her father – she totally hates Valentine. And she’s clueless how to conquer him while Jace is still can’t decide which side to take.