Welcome to our monthly feature of kick-ass fantasy heroines. This month, in honor of the movie release, we’ll be taking a look at Clary Fray from Cassandra Clare’s bestselling YA series, The Mortal Instruments. The movie adaptation of the first book, City of Bones, releases August 21. (Anyone excited?)
Clary is a fifteen-year-old girl who witnesses a murder at a night club. Yet she’s the only one who can see the victim and the teenage perpetrators. Clary has the Sight, which means she can see the supernatural hiding among us. She also happens to be the child of two Shadowhunters, a race of humans who fight demons. When her mother is attacked by a demon, Clary finds herself thrown into a world she was born into, but that her mother hid her from all these years. She meets Jace Wayland, a Shadowhunter boy and the two fall in love. (Bad news when they both find out they share the same absent father. Oops.)
Clary is a tough girl, driven to confront the strange and terrifying world of the Shadowhunters in order to save her mom from a magical coma. She’s an artist with a talent for drawing, an ability that manifests itself supernaturally when she is able to invent magical runes by drawing them. She battles her growing love for Jace as the two also fight their biological father, Valentine, a traitor to the Shadowhunters and bent on destruction. No high school drama here, just bloody fights to the death against demons risen from hell.
The Mortal Instruments and the spin-off, The Infernal Devices, are stupendous series I recommend to everyone.
Quick note to those following the Supernatural Sleuth series. I apologize for having two weeks between postings, but last week I was writing the conclusion after the votes, and this week was the first Monday of August, which demanded a Heroine of Fantasy post. Fret not, I will be posting the conclusion to Paige’s adventure next week.