Shadowhunters 1×02 “The Descent Into Hell Isn’t Easy”

Let’s get this chilly reading week post underway! We’re going to start today with a tiny overview of the plot! Clary Fray is a New York 18 year old artist who’s mother has been keeping a secret from her. Her mother, Jocelyn, is taken by followers of a man called Valentine that sparks Clary learning that the secret her mother was hiding was that they are something called Shadowhunters. Half angel half human people who protect the human race from all the things that go bump in the night. Clary is helped by 3 outrageously beautiful young Shadowhunters who save her life and begin to work with her to stop Valentine and save her mother.

Here are some people/terms you should know!

Young hot people:

  • Clary Fray (Kat McNamara)
    • Main character, doe eyed artist who’s life is turned upside down.
  • Simon Lewis (Alberto Rosende)
    • Best friend to Clary. Pretty obviously in love with her.
  • Jace Wayland (Dominic Sherwood)
    • Shadowhunter who seems to be taken with Clary already. Kind of a shithead. Adopted brother of Alec and Izzy.
  • Alec Lightwood (Matthew Daddario)
    • Oldest of the bunch. Rule abiding. Secretly in love with Jace. SUPER in the closet. Generally annoyed with people who aren’t Shadowhunters.
  • Isabelle (Izzy) Lightwood (Emeraude Toubia)
    • Sister of Alec and Jace. Smart, sassy, comfortable in her own skin. Fights well with the boys. Is pushed aside by her mother in favour of the boys.
  • Magnus Bane (Harry Shum Jr)
    • Something like 300 years old. Potential love interest for Alec. Wiped Clary’s memories as a child.

Older hot people:

  • Jocelyn Fray (Maxim Roy)
    • Clary’s mother. Now in a potion induced coma after being taken by Valentine’s men.
  • Luke Garroway (Isaiah Mustafa)
    • Uncle type figure to Clary. Friend of Jocelyn. Shadowhunter…with a twist.
  • Valentine Morgenstern (Alan Van Sprang)
    • Clary’s father. Formed The Circle. Evil. Experiments on humans and downworlders. Wants the Mortal Cup in order to control demons.
  • Hodge Starkweather (Jon Cor)
    • In the books he’s a crotchety old man but now he’s like 35 and trains with his shirt off? He used to be in The Circle and now works for the Clave. Sketchy.


  • Stele
    • A sort of wand like contraption that Shadowhunters use to make and activate Runes on their bodies.
  • Runes
    • Sort of tattoos that give Shadowhunters powers and abilities when fighting.
  • The Clave
    • The political body Shadowhunters recognize. They inforce and interpret the law.
  • Downworlders
    • Demons, werewolves, vampires, Seelies, Faeries, etc etc.
  • Mundanes
    • Regular humans. A semi derogatory term for them used by Shadowhunters. Short version: Mundies.
  • The Circle
    • A group Valentine formed as a young Shadowhunter. Many of it’s members assumed that Valentine started it for good reasons but quickly it became a way for his experiments and power hungry plans to come to light.
  • The Mortal Cup
    • A chalice that creates new Shadowhunters and also can be used to control demons.
  • The Institute
    • A super high tech hub for Shadowhunters in New York to have sanctuary and train in what appears as a decrepit Church to mundanes. The Lightwoods run it and Hodge cannot leave the building.

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