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->''Gently, the tide is rising,''
->''corrupting the mechanism.''
->''Salt, rust, and silt''
->''slowing the gears.''
->''Down at the banks''
--> '''Thames River Song, Elka Cloke'''

"Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.

When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is [[VictorianLondon the reign of Queen Victoria]], and something terrifying is waiting for her in [[BritainIsOnlyLondon London's Downworld]], where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the [[WhoYouGonnaCall Shadowhunters]], [[DemonSlaying warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos]].

Kidnapped by the mysterious [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Dark Sisters]], members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that [[TomatoInTheMirror she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability]]: [[{{Humanshifting}} the power to transform, at will, into another person]]. What's more, [[BigBad the Magister]], the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: [[IllBoy James]], whose [[{{Bishonen}} fragile beauty]] [[DarkAndTroubledPast hides a deadly secret]], and blue-eyed [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Will]], whose [[DeadpanSnarker caustic wit]] and [[EmoTeen volatile moods]] keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that [[ConflictingLoyalty she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world]]...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all." — back cover

The trilogy is written by CassandraClare as a prequel to her previous series, ''TheMortalInstruments''. The first two books, ''Clockwork Angel'' and ''Clockwork Prince'', have been released. This series has [[Characters/InfernalDevices a character sheet]], so please put all character-related tropes there.

Not to be confused with the third book of the ''MortalEngines'' quartet.
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!!This series provides examples of:

* AbsentMindedProfessor: ''Henry'' - while not really being a professor in the first place. But he's a brilliant inventor who just happens to forget things.
* AffectionateNickname: Theresa Gray is called Tessa by most everyone, Tessie by her brother, and Tess by Will.
* TheAgeless: Vampires and werewolves stop aging after reaching maturity.
* AllMythsAreTrue
* ArrangedMarriage: Tess was going to be forced to marry the Magister before she was rescued.
* BilingualBonus: "Ni hen piao liang." Not just Chinese but also French, Latin, I believe some Greek...there's really quite a number of them.
* BritishAccents - Tessa's brother Nate, despite being from New York, has one of these. He uses "oughtn't" on several occasions. You know, like every American.
** Consider the time period, though. It's not too hard to believe that the educated Gray siblings would use more refined word choice, regardless of nationality.
* Bloodfromthemouth -Jem due to his 'illness' coughs up blood when weak.
* IncurableCoughofDeath -Jem's illness that causes him to cough up blood. No cure has been found.
* CallBack: Magnus tells Tessa he has a thing for people with blue eyes and black hair. Who has blue eyes and black hair? [[spoiler:Alec]] from ''Mortal Instruments''! Though, since this is the prequel trilogy, it's really more of a call forward...
** Also, Henry talking about inventing the Sensor.
** Remember ''City of Fallen Angels'' when Jace sleeps in the Silent City and sees initials scratched onto the wall? [[spoiler: ''Clockwork Angel'' reveals that those stood for "Jessamine Gray."]]
* ChekhovsGun: Will talking about [[spoiler: Boadicea]] later on gives, [[spoiler: Tessa the strength to fool the Magister]]
* ChekhovsGift: The [[spoiler: tiny clockwork angel sure comes in handy]]
** But we really don't know much about it
** Also [[spoiler: Tessa's dislike for chocolate, and the gift Nate gives Aunt Harriet...]]
* ClockworkCreature: The automatons - humanoid {{clockwork creature}}s that answer to the Magister and [[spoiler: that were planned to be infused with demon energies to create a clockwork army.]]
** only very loosely "humanoid" and many times they are remotely humanoid they lack any facial features, up the creepy factor
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: [[spoiler: Jessamine, who despite trying all she can to be TheLoad can't deny her Shadowhunter heritage.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Will... most notably. But also, Tessa, Jem and Jessamine.
** Sophie should get a special mention.
* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest: Tessa's and Jessamine's.
* DefinitelyJustACold: Jem to Tessa.
* DemonSlaying: The Shadowhunters' whole schtick.
* DrivenToSuicide: Subverted. [[spoiler: Tessa ''pretends'' to kill herself to keep Mortmain from getting his hands on her power. In reality she Changed at the last minute into a woman who died of a gunshot wound.]]
** [[spoiler: Played straight with Barbara Lightwood and her brother.]]
* {{Epigraph}}: At the beginning of each chapter (usually hinting at what's about to happen)
* EtTuBrute: [[spoiler: Nate. What's with the constant brother/sister betrayals in Cassandra Clare books?]]
* ExtranormalInstitute: The Institutes, and by extension the (Con)clave.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: De Quincy and Magnus Bane both hint at this about Will.
** Of course this applies to [[CampGay Magnus Bane]] as well since De Quincy was interested in him, "as more than friends".
*** Tessa ''didn't'' know what Magnus was hinting at, but that was because such things were ''unheard'' of in such a time period... (or just not talked about)
* {{Expy}}: Will, who is basically [[MortalInstruments Jace]] with different coloring. It's worth noting that Jace is an expy of the original DracoInLeatherPants. Critics argue that the rest of the cast are Expies as well.
** It's true. Jem is a straight Alec (or in the case of the love triangle, Simon). Jessamine is a pre-feminism Isabelle. And Tessa is Clary with an attitude.
** YMMV. Once analyzed, the only thing Will and Jace share is their snarkiness. [[spoiler: And their last name]]
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Tessa fakes her own suicide to prevent Mortmain from using her power.]]
* FallingChandelierOfDoom: [[spoiler: Took care of Mrs. Dark quite nicely.]]
* FirstKiss: Will, for Tessa.
* FiveManBand: TheHero being Tessa in this case with Will as TheLancer, Jem as TheSmartGuy, Thomas and Henry count as TheBigGuy, and Charlotte is most definitely TheChick here.
* GaslampFantasy: Is most definitely this - VictorianLondon with magical elements.
* GenreSavvy: Tessa.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Played with having Jem and Will be Tessa's angels. It doesn't hurt that they're both [[MixedAncestry part angel.]]
* GunsAreUseless: So it's best to just bring your seraph blade with you.
** Although a few times, guns did come in handy... they just aren't ''magic''.
* HairOfGold: Jessamine. Jem is (probably) [[WhiteHairedPrettyBoy white-blond.]]
** Jem was darkhaired before the start of the series, [[DiseaseBleach however]].
* HappilyMarried: The Branwells, more or less.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Will and Jem.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Each book is titled "The Clockwork X".
* IfICantHaveYou: [[spoiler: The reason for Sophie's scar.]]
* TheInfiltration: Having been given [[spoiler: absolutely, totally false]] information that de Quincey is the Magister, the Clave devises a plan to have Will and Tessa enter one of de Quincey's lavish parties [[spoiler: where he tortures mundanes like Nate]] by having Tessa transform into Camille Belcourt. At the sign of de Quincey breaking the Law, Will is supposed to signal the Clave so that they can kick some vampire ass.
* JadeColoredGlasses: Arguably Will, as he alludes to a traumatic childhood quite often.
** Subverted with [[spoiler: Jem, who had a very traumatic experience and seems to function quite well outside his "illness".]]
* JerkAss: Will. He very occasionally strays into JerkWithAHeartOfGold territory, but he really isn't. However, [[spoiler: Will does shift into {{Jerkass Facade}} territory after the discovery that he ''literally'' kills everyone he loves.]]
** Gabriel Lightwood, and probably his older brother, who can make the former look sweeter than gingerbread.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* LoveTriangle: Will-->Tessa<--Jem.
** Jessamine lampshades it in Clockwork Prince.
--> Jessamine, mocking Tessa: Oh, I must choose between Will and Jem! Whatever shall I do?
* MeaningfulName: ''Axel'' Mortmain makes mechanical devices.
* MixedAncestry: Technically anyone of note in this series. Shadowhunters are half-angel half-human, Warlocks are half-demon half-human, Faeries are half-angel half-demon, etc etc.
* MundaneSolution - Of the AssPull variety, when [[spoiler: Mrs. Dark in demon form inside a pentagram can't be touched by seraph blades ''infused with the divine energy of God'', but a falling chandelier kills her just fine. Sort of.]]
* MoralityPet: Jem and Tessa, for Will.
* {{Muggles}}: Or, "Mundanes."
** Which, actually makes more sense ''here'' when you think about it. "Mundane" means not sacred, ordinary versus divine. But, in MortalInstruments it takes a bad meaning, sounding boring and the Shadow Hunters use it with [[FantasticRacism bad connotations]] -- here it's more friendly.
* OddFriendship: Will and Jem.
** Will and Magnus, considering that Will doesn't really do friends and that, up until that point, Magnus hated Shadowhunters.
* OnlyChildSyndrome: The only characters who aren't only children are Tessa, whose search for her brother Nate [[spoiler: who eventually betrays her, and is actually her cousin]] kicks off the plot, the Dark Sisters, Gabriel, whose siblings aren't seen until at least the second book, and Will [[spoiler: whose younger sister comes to the Institute at the end of book 2]]. Aunt Harriet, who was Tessa and Nate's mother's sister, is dead. Everyone else's parents are either [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan deceased]] or [[ParentalAbandonment simply not there]], leaving them only children.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent
* OurVampiresAreDifferent
* ParentalAbandonment: Everyone suffers from this. And I mean ''[[{{BrutalHonesty}} everyone]]''. Jem even mentions that [[{{ConvenientlyAnOrphan}} everyone is an orphan]].
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Mortmain is ACTUALLY the Magister]] also, [[spoiler: Tessa's dad was a demon who fooled his mom into thinking he was her husband, and having his half-demon warlock baby!]] BUT this is MortalInstruments so expect some of this stuff to change as the series progresses.
* TheWoobie: [[spoiler: Will,]] after we find out the [[spoiler: Jerkass attitude is due to a curse that anyone who loves him will die.]]
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: The automatons - despite walking with a graceless gait, they can pass for normal humans well enough.
* RunningGag: "There's no such thing as demon pox, Will!"
** [[spoiler: Many fans believe demon pox is a real disease and that may be the cause of Will's or Jem's problem]]
** [[spoiler: As it turns out, we find out in Clockwork Prince that Demon Pox IS a real disease, and Benedict Lightwood has had it for years and gave it to his wife, driving her to kill herself in shame. Will is so pleased about being right all along that he sings a song about it.]]
* TheScapegoat: [[spoiler: De Quincey, who unknowingly took the blame for being the Magister]].
* ScarsAreForever: Sophie, who has a long scar running down the side of her face that distorts her beauty.
* ShapeShifter: Tessa! This starts off the whole story because of her ability to change into anyone, even possessing some of their memories and personality (she just has to touch one of their items to do it the first time)
* SoapOperaDisease: Jem's. [[spoiler: It was caused by a demon drug that was used to torture him and his parents when he was younger. There is no known cure for it, and he has to keep taking a specific drug to keep on fighting - as Brother Enoch says, taking the drug means a slow death, but keeping him off the drug would mean a quick one.]]
* StockForeignName: James and William.
** Could be justified, considering how common those names were when the story is set.
* TakeOverTheWorld: The Magister wants to do this, very much.
* TokenTrio: Will being the lead "white guy", Tessa being the lead "white girl", and Jem being the lead [[{{ButNotTooForeign}} "ethnic guy"]], although he's half-British.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Wanna know if [[spoiler: Will and Tessa kiss?]] good! Go [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SOxzLY2OpA here]]! Luckily, it's not too much of a spoiler.
* TrilogyCreep: The series can be considered one to the original ''MortalInstruments'' series.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Will, Jem, and Tessa.
* TheVerse: This is a prequel to ''MortalInstruments'' that takes place in the same universe.
* VictorianLondon
* WhoYouGonnaCall: Shadowhunters.

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[[caption-width-right:250: Welcome to [[AustinPowers London, baby!!!]].]]

->''Gently, the tide is rising,''
->''corrupting the mechanism.''
->''Salt, rust, and silt''
->''slowing the gears.''
->''Down at the banks''
--> '''Thames River Song, Elka Cloke'''

"Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.

When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is [[VictorianLondon the reign of Queen Victoria]], and something terrifying is waiting for her in [[BritainIsOnlyLondon London's Downworld]], where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the [[WhoYouGonnaCall Shadowhunters]], [[DemonSlaying warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos]].

Kidnapped by the mysterious [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Dark Sisters]], members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that [[TomatoInTheMirror she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability]]: [[{{Humanshifting}} the power to transform, at will, into another person]]. What's more, [[BigBad the Magister]], the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: [[IllBoy James]], whose [[{{Bishonen}} fragile beauty]] [[DarkAndTroubledPast hides a deadly secret]], and blue-eyed [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Will]], whose [[DeadpanSnarker caustic wit]] and [[EmoTeen volatile moods]] keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that [[ConflictingLoyalty she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world]]...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all." — back cover

The trilogy is written by CassandraClare as a prequel to her previous series, ''TheMortalInstruments''. The first two books, ''Clockwork Angel'' and ''Clockwork Prince'', have been released. This series has [[Characters/InfernalDevices a character sheet]], so please put all character-related tropes there.

Not to be confused with the third book of the ''MortalEngines'' quartet.
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!!This series provides examples of:

* AbsentMindedProfessor: ''Henry'' - while not really being a professor in the first place. But he's a brilliant inventor who just happens to forget things.
* AffectionateNickname: Theresa Gray is called Tessa by most everyone, Tessie by her brother, and Tess by Will.
* TheAgeless: Vampires and werewolves stop aging after reaching maturity.
* AllMythsAreTrue
* ArrangedMarriage: Tess was going to be forced to marry the Magister before she was rescued.
* BilingualBonus: "Ni hen piao liang." Not just Chinese but also French, Latin, I believe some Greek...there's really quite a number of them.
* BritishAccents - Tessa's brother Nate, despite being from New York, has one of these. He uses "oughtn't" on several occasions. You know, like every American.
** Consider the time period, though. It's not too hard to believe that the educated Gray siblings would use more refined word choice, regardless of nationality.
* Bloodfromthemouth -Jem due to his 'illness' coughs up blood when weak.
* IncurableCoughofDeath -Jem's illness that causes him to cough up blood. No cure has been found.
* CallBack: Magnus tells Tessa he has a thing for people with blue eyes and black hair. Who has blue eyes and black hair? [[spoiler:Alec]] from ''Mortal Instruments''! Though, since this is the prequel trilogy, it's really more of a call forward...
** Also, Henry talking about inventing the Sensor.
** Remember ''City of Fallen Angels'' when Jace sleeps in the Silent City and sees initials scratched onto the wall? [[spoiler: ''Clockwork Angel'' reveals that those stood for "Jessamine Gray."]]
* ChekhovsGun: Will talking about [[spoiler: Boadicea]] later on gives, [[spoiler: Tessa the strength to fool the Magister]]
* ChekhovsGift: The [[spoiler: tiny clockwork angel sure comes in handy]]
** But we really don't know much about it
** Also [[spoiler: Tessa's dislike for chocolate, and the gift Nate gives Aunt Harriet...]]
* ClockworkCreature: The automatons - humanoid {{clockwork creature}}s that answer to the Magister and [[spoiler: that were planned to be infused with demon energies to create a clockwork army.]]
** only very loosely "humanoid" and many times they are remotely humanoid they lack any facial features, up the creepy factor
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: [[spoiler: Jessamine, who despite trying all she can to be TheLoad can't deny her Shadowhunter heritage.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Will... most notably. But also, Tessa, Jem and Jessamine.
** Sophie should get a special mention.
* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest: Tessa's and Jessamine's.
* DefinitelyJustACold: Jem to Tessa.
* DemonSlaying: The Shadowhunters' whole schtick.
* DrivenToSuicide: Subverted. [[spoiler: Tessa ''pretends'' to kill herself to keep Mortmain from getting his hands on her power. In reality she Changed at the last minute into a woman who died of a gunshot wound.]]
** [[spoiler: Played straight with Barbara Lightwood and her brother.]]
* {{Epigraph}}: At the beginning of each chapter (usually hinting at what's about to happen)
* EtTuBrute: [[spoiler: Nate. What's with the constant brother/sister betrayals in Cassandra Clare books?]]
* ExtranormalInstitute: The Institutes, and by extension the (Con)clave.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: De Quincy and Magnus Bane both hint at this about Will.
** Of course this applies to [[CampGay Magnus Bane]] as well since De Quincy was interested in him, "as more than friends".
*** Tessa ''didn't'' know what Magnus was hinting at, but that was because such things were ''unheard'' of in such a time period... (or just not talked about)
* {{Expy}}: Will, who is basically [[MortalInstruments Jace]] with different coloring. It's worth noting that Jace is an expy of the original DracoInLeatherPants. Critics argue that the rest of the cast are Expies as well.
** It's true. Jem is a straight Alec (or in the case of the love triangle, Simon). Jessamine is a pre-feminism Isabelle. And Tessa is Clary with an attitude.
** YMMV. Once analyzed, the only thing Will and Jace share is their snarkiness. [[spoiler: And their last name]]
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Tessa fakes her own suicide to prevent Mortmain from using her power.]]
* FallingChandelierOfDoom: [[spoiler: Took care of Mrs. Dark quite nicely.]]
* FirstKiss: Will, for Tessa.
* FiveManBand: TheHero being Tessa in this case with Will as TheLancer, Jem as TheSmartGuy, Thomas and Henry count as TheBigGuy, and Charlotte is most definitely TheChick here.
* GaslampFantasy: Is most definitely this - VictorianLondon with magical elements.
* GenreSavvy: Tessa.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Played with having Jem and Will be Tessa's angels. It doesn't hurt that they're both [[MixedAncestry part angel.]]
* GunsAreUseless: So it's best to just bring your seraph blade with you.
** Although a few times, guns did come in handy... they just aren't ''magic''.
* HairOfGold: Jessamine. Jem is (probably) [[WhiteHairedPrettyBoy white-blond.]]
** Jem was darkhaired before the start of the series, [[DiseaseBleach however]].
* HappilyMarried: The Branwells, more or less.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Will and Jem.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Each book is titled "The Clockwork X".
* IfICantHaveYou: [[spoiler: The reason for Sophie's scar.]]
* TheInfiltration: Having been given [[spoiler: absolutely, totally false]] information that de Quincey is the Magister, the Clave devises a plan to have Will and Tessa enter one of de Quincey's lavish parties [[spoiler: where he tortures mundanes like Nate]] by having Tessa transform into Camille Belcourt. At the sign of de Quincey breaking the Law, Will is supposed to signal the Clave so that they can kick some vampire ass.
* JadeColoredGlasses: Arguably Will, as he alludes to a traumatic childhood quite often.
** Subverted with [[spoiler: Jem, who had a very traumatic experience and seems to function quite well outside his "illness".]]
* JerkAss: Will. He very occasionally strays into JerkWithAHeartOfGold territory, but he really isn't. However, [[spoiler: Will does shift into {{Jerkass Facade}} territory after the discovery that he ''literally'' kills everyone he loves.]]
** Gabriel Lightwood, and probably his older brother, who can make the former look sweeter than gingerbread.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* LoveTriangle: Will-->Tessa<--Jem.
** Jessamine lampshades it in Clockwork Prince.
--> Jessamine, mocking Tessa: Oh, I must choose between Will and Jem! Whatever shall I do?
* MeaningfulName: ''Axel'' Mortmain makes mechanical devices.
* MixedAncestry: Technically anyone of note in this series. Shadowhunters are half-angel half-human, Warlocks are half-demon half-human, Faeries are half-angel half-demon, etc etc.
* MundaneSolution - Of the AssPull variety, when [[spoiler: Mrs. Dark in demon form inside a pentagram can't be touched by seraph blades ''infused with the divine energy of God'', but a falling chandelier kills her just fine. Sort of.]]
* MoralityPet: Jem and Tessa, for Will.
* {{Muggles}}: Or, "Mundanes."
** Which, actually makes more sense ''here'' when you think about it. "Mundane" means not sacred, ordinary versus divine. But, in MortalInstruments it takes a bad meaning, sounding boring and the Shadow Hunters use it with [[FantasticRacism bad connotations]] -- here it's more friendly.
* OddFriendship: Will and Jem.
** Will and Magnus, considering that Will doesn't really do friends and that, up until that point, Magnus hated Shadowhunters.
* OnlyChildSyndrome: The only characters who aren't only children are Tessa, whose search for her brother Nate [[spoiler: who eventually betrays her, and is actually her cousin]] kicks off the plot, the Dark Sisters, Gabriel, whose siblings aren't seen until at least the second book, and Will [[spoiler: whose younger sister comes to the Institute at the end of book 2]]. Aunt Harriet, who was Tessa and Nate's mother's sister, is dead. Everyone else's parents are either [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan deceased]] or [[ParentalAbandonment simply not there]], leaving them only children.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent
* OurVampiresAreDifferent
* ParentalAbandonment: Everyone suffers from this. And I mean ''[[{{BrutalHonesty}} everyone]]''. Jem even mentions that [[{{ConvenientlyAnOrphan}} everyone is an orphan]].
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Mortmain is ACTUALLY the Magister]] also, [[spoiler: Tessa's dad was a demon who fooled his mom into thinking he was her husband, and having his half-demon warlock baby!]] BUT this is MortalInstruments so expect some of this stuff to change as the series progresses.
* TheWoobie: [[spoiler: Will,]] after we find out the [[spoiler: Jerkass attitude is due to a curse that anyone who loves him will die.]]
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: The automatons - despite walking with a graceless gait, they can pass for normal humans well enough.
* RunningGag: "There's no such thing as demon pox, Will!"
** [[spoiler: Many fans believe demon pox is a real disease and that may be the cause of Will's or Jem's problem]]
** [[spoiler: As it turns out, we find out in Clockwork Prince that Demon Pox IS a real disease, and Benedict Lightwood has had it for years and gave it to his wife, driving her to kill herself in shame. Will is so pleased about being right all along that he sings a song about it.]]
* TheScapegoat: [[spoiler: De Quincey, who unknowingly took the blame for being the Magister]].
* ScarsAreForever: Sophie, who has a long scar running down the side of her face that distorts her beauty.
* ShapeShifter: Tessa! This starts off the whole story because of her ability to change into anyone, even possessing some of their memories and personality (she just has to touch one of their items to do it the first time)
* SoapOperaDisease: Jem's. [[spoiler: It was caused by a demon drug that was used to torture him and his parents when he was younger. There is no known cure for it, and he has to keep taking a specific drug to keep on fighting - as Brother Enoch says, taking the drug means a slow death, but keeping him off the drug would mean a quick one.]]
* StockForeignName: James and William.
** Could be justified, considering how common those names were when the story is set.
* TakeOverTheWorld: The Magister wants to do this, very much.
* TokenTrio: Will being the lead "white guy", Tessa being the lead "white girl", and Jem being the lead [[{{ButNotTooForeign}} "ethnic guy"]], although he's half-British.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Wanna know if [[spoiler: Will and Tessa kiss?]] good! Go [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SOxzLY2OpA here]]! Luckily, it's not too much of a spoiler.
* TrilogyCreep: The series can be considered one to the original ''MortalInstruments'' series.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Will, Jem, and Tessa.
* TheVerse: This is a prequel to ''MortalInstruments'' that takes place in the same universe.
* VictorianLondon
* WhoYouGonnaCall: Shadowhunters.

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Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: [[IllBoy James]], whose [[{{Bishonen}} fragile beauty]] [[DarkAndTroubledPast hides a deadly secret]], and [[BlueEyes blue-eyed]] [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Will]], whose [[DeadpanSnarker caustic wit]] and [[EmoTeen volatile moods]] keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that [[ConflictingLoyalty she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world]]...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all." — back cover

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Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: [[IllBoy James]], whose [[{{Bishonen}} fragile beauty]] [[DarkAndTroubledPast hides a deadly secret]], and [[BlueEyes blue-eyed]] blue-eyed [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Will]], whose [[DeadpanSnarker caustic wit]] and [[EmoTeen volatile moods]] keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that [[ConflictingLoyalty she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world]]...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all." — back cover
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* GoodAngelBadAngel: Played with having Jem and Will be Tessa's angels. It doesn't hurt that they're both [[{{HalfBreed}} part angel.]]

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* GoodAngelBadAngel: Played with having Jem and Will be Tessa's angels. It doesn't hurt that they're both [[{{HalfBreed}} [[MixedAncestry part angel.]]



* HalfBreed: Technically anyone of note in this series. Shadowhunters are half-angel half-human, Warlocks are half-demon half-human, Faeries are half-angel half-demon, etc etc.


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* MixedAncestry: Technically anyone of note in this series. Shadowhunters are half-angel half-human, Warlocks are half-demon half-human, Faeries are half-angel half-demon, etc etc.


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* Bloodformthemouth
* IncurableCoughofDeath

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* Bloodformthemouth
Bloodfromthemouth -Jem due to his 'illness' coughs up blood when weak.
* IncurableCoughofDeathIncurableCoughofDeath -Jem's illness that causes him to cough up blood. No cure has been found.
29th Sep '12 9:13:16 PM tommykitty
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* Blood form the mouth

* Incurable Cough of Death


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Incurable Cough of Death

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*Blood form the mouth
Incurable Cough of Death
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** Will and Magnus, considering that Will doesn't really do friends and that, up until that point, Magnus hated Shadowhunters.
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