The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones takes place during the 21st century in New York. Here, a teenage girl named Clary is strives to find The Mortal Cup to free her captured mother from a hostile Shadowhunter.
Here is the cup, now set me free!
Valentine sends his pawns to kidnap Clary's mother to get her to tell him where The Mortal Cup is. Clary longs to find her.
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Clary is taken to the institute by Jace, her Shadowhunter friend, to meet 2 other Shadowhunters, Alec and Isabelle, and their mentor, Hodge. To start the search for Clary's mother they ask her if she had any early memories of her life. But, there is a block in her mind put there by a warlock named Magnus Bane because he was asked to do so by Clary's mother. They visit Magnus Bane and he helps her try to regain her memories. Soon Clary figures out where her mother hid The Mortal Cup, in a stack of cards with her neighbor, Madame Dorothea. They retrieve the cup, but Dorothea dies to a demon who attacks them. Simon helps ward off the demon and Clary leaves successfully with the Mortal Cup
I will never give you the cup!!
Hodge turns on Clary, takes The Mortal Cup from her, and gives it to Valentine in return for his freedom from his punishment given to him by The Clave(Shadowhunter council).
Luke saves Clary from Hodge and tells her the story of his life and how he became a Werewolf. Also Clary finds out from Luke that her father is Valentine. Soon after Clary and Luke raid Valentines hideout with a pack of werewolves on there side. They find Clary's mother, and Jace who has learned his real father is Valentine as well. Valentine comes in and then he and Luke try to kill each other
Luke wins the fight, but spares Valentine by not killing him in return for The Mortal Cup. But, Valentine escapes and jumps into a portal to Idris, the Shadowhunter country.