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Her languid pose and mocking smile made it seem impossible that she was about to be burned. Blood dripped steadily out of slits from elbow to wrist, yet she showed neither pain nor fear. The gray-gowned Herder lifted his palms to the sky as he chanted the purification prayer.
The band sewn on the left sleeve of his gown showed he was a fifth-level priest. Not one of the inner cadre, but powerful nonetheless. He was old, bald-scalped and toothless, but his eyes glowed like live coals as he made the warding-off signs. Yet I will drive you out. Say the truth and be done with it.
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Tell them that you burn me because I tried to heal a baby when your own worthless treatments failed. There was a sullen mutter from the crowd, but the Herder glared them to silence. Council lore grants me the right to burn her and any who treat with her. The Herder turned back to her. You cursed it and thereby revealed the demon within. Her hand snaked out suddenly and the priest wrenched back with a strangled cry. She gave a throaty laugh of triumph.
Do you think my gypsy skin might be catching? She laughed again, a humorless bark. Then his lips folded into a vindictive smile. The boy proffered a selection of long-handled metal tools. In spite of her defiance, her face was as white as smoke. He gestured to our gypsy disguise, as if it made some point of its own.
The sensible thing to do would be to accept that it was too late to save her, and withdraw before anyone noticed us. I looked at the gypsy again. Her chin lifted in defiance as the Herder approached with the brands. I told Matthew to turn the carriage and take himself back to the main road, not trusting his instinct for drama. Fortunately the Herder was not mind sensitive, so he was not aware of my intrusion. He swung to face me, eyes slitting at the sight of my gypsy attire. It was Council lore that blood kin might speak in defense of their own.
In the past, this had not stopped Herders doing what they wished and later making excuses to the Council for excessive zeal. In any case it was only a stalling tactic, since I had no proof of kinship to the gypsy. He turned back to the gypsy and snorted in annoyance at finding her hanging limply from her bindings. Alarmed, I reached out a probe, but her body still pulsed with life. She had only fainted.
The Herder cast down the brand and reached for a torch to fire the woodpile at the foot of the stake. A great rage seared me. Throwing off caution, I reached into the bottom of my mind for the darkest of my Misfit Talents to stun him. He sucked in an agonized breath and clawed at the wooden stave, trying vainly to withdraw it. Then his eyes clouded and he collapsed, blood bubbling obscenely from his lips.
I disengaged my probe with a scream, almost dragged to my own doom by his swift spiral into death. Panting, I stared down at him in astonishment and, for a moment, silence reigned in the village clearing. He crumpled to the ground with a rattling gurgle. After speaking with Madame Dorothea, Clary hears someone lurking around in her and her mother's trashed apartment so she rushes up there, followed by Jace, desperate to find out where her mother is.
She sees the intruder's back and begins attacking him before she realizes that it was Simon. The three of them then decide to search at Luke's place. Outside Luke's place, Jace and Clary tell Simon to wait outside and keep watch. Jace and Clary go into Luke's shop and find Luke being interrogated and tortured by two Shadowhunters working for Valentine: Pangborn and Blackwell.
Clary desperately asks Jace to help Luke. While Jace thinks of an exit strategy, Clary listens to the interrogation and hears Luke claiming that he never truly cared for Clary and Jocelyn.
Upset and shocked, Clary accidentally knocks over objects, revealing their presence in the room. Jace manages to fight off the two men and instructs Clary to run.
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Clary finds Simon outside speaking to what he assumed was a police officer, in fact a demon. She rushes forward to get him away from the demon but then the demon grabs her arm. Jace eventually comes out and kills the demons. Once inside the Institute, Clary collapses from demon poison. Jace heals her with a stele and she is taken to the infirmary.
After recuperating, Clary is introduced to the two other Shadowhunters with Jace at the Pandemonium: Jace's adoptive siblings Isabelle and Alec Lightwood.
After changing to Isabelle's clothes, she is brought to their tutor, Hodge Starkweather. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality.
Improvements that may be done include grammar, style, formatting, and spelling. While Clary meets Hodge, Jace goes to send a message to the Silent City and the Silent Brothers , asking for Clary's mind to be searched for her memories. The Silent Brothers attempt to search Clary's mind for her memories but are blocked because they discover a block in her mind. They were able to unlock a few memories that are shown as flashbacks of Clary drawing the angelic rune and were also shown a name: Magnus Bane.
The Silent Brothers attempt to break through the block in Clary's mind but fail, leaving Clary and Jace no choice but to find Magnus Bane. Tracing this name to a party, Clary, Jace, Alec and Isabelle, along with Simon, discover that Magnus is the High Warlock of Brooklyn, and he placed the block on Clary at the request of her mother, an ex-Shadowhunter. Every year, since the time she caught the two-year-old Clary teasing a pixie trapped in a hedge, Jocelyn had been sending Clary to Magnus to have her memories and Sight ability to see what mundanes cannot blocked; hoping to keep her safely in the dark about her true self so she could live a normal life.
Jocelyn knew when to come to Magnus because whenever Clary drew the angelic rune, it was a sign of her memories coming back. Magnus refuses to bring Clary's memories back, claiming it would be too difficult and dangerous, and they may slowly return anyway, now that she knows the truth and the spell has begun to fade. During the party, Simon ignores Isabelle's warnings and consumes a drink, which was spiked, and is kidnapped by vampires.
They attempt to rescue Simon from the vampire coven who reside in the abandoned Hotel Dumort. Before they go though, they enter a church to collect weapons, which can be taken from any church under its altar. They arrive at Hotel Dumort and rescue Simon but are cornered by vampires. In a fight for their lives, they are saved by werewolves , one of which Clary stabs. They escape and manage to rescue Simon and bring him back to the Institute. He then stays in a hospital bed for a while, whilst his wounds heal.
At the Institute, Clary and Alec confront each other in the hallway. Alec demands she return to her own world, fearing she is putting Jace in danger; Clary is more concerned that Alec is in love with Jace and why he won't reveal his feelings. Alec pins Clary against a wall and threatens her to keep his sexual orientation and affections secret, then, stunned at his own violent reaction, departs. That night, the eve of Clary's 16th birthday, she and Jace go for a midnight walk in the Institute's Garden and end up sharing a passionate and heated kiss.
They then go back to Clary's room, not realising that Simon is in there looking for Clary. Whilst standing outside the door, Simon walks out on them kissing and Clary hurts Jace's feelings when trying to declare to Simon that is was just a kiss and nothing more. Jace walk aways angrily, hurt. On returning to her room, they begin arguing ending in Simon declaring that he has been in love with Clary for 10 years, and only flirted with Isabelle in hopes of making Clary jealous.
Later, Clary draws in her sketchbook to calm herself about the night's events, and upon placing a cup onto her sketch book discovers that she has put it into the paper. Knowing that her mother painted Madame Dorothea's tarot cards realises where the Mortal Cup is.
click When the teens go to retrieve it, they are tricked and attacked by a demon that is possesing Madame Dorothea. On trying to fight it, Alec is gravely injured. Eventually, Simon saves them all, and they successfully bring the Mortal Cup to the Institute, where Magnus Bane manages to keep Alec from dying.
When Clary gives the Mortal Cup to Hodge, he reveals he's actually working for a man named Valentine Morgenstern , who was thought to be dead. Then Valentine enters through the portal and tries to make Clary drink his blood from the Cup. She slams it back into the card and Valentine gets really mad. She then disappears into the portal. Valentine then tells Hodge that he will Jace and Clary believe they are brother and sister, aware of the two's growing love for each other, to break them.