|Full name:||Aline Blackthorn Penhallow|
|Age:|| 17 (in 2007)|
22 (in 2012)
|Residence:|| Wrangel Island|
|Family:|| Patrick Penhallow (father)|
Jia Penhallow (mother)
Helen Blackthorn (wife)
Sebastian Verlac † (cousin)
Born to Patrick and Jia, both of whom are good friends with the Lightwoods, Aline became friends with Alec and Isabelle Lightwood since they were young. She lived with her parents in the Beijing Institute for a few years before they moved to Alicante.
When she was thirteen, Aline and Jace—a boy taken in by the Lightwoods—explored the Brocelind Forest in Idris on horseback and got lost. While Aline had been terrified, Jace was fearless and, though it took hours, managed to get them out of the forest.
In September 2007, Aline was at home with her cousin, Sebastian Verlac, who was visiting from Paris, while waiting for the Lightwoods, who were going to be staying with them for a while, to arrive. When the Lightwoods arrived, carrying an unconscious vampire with them, Aline was instantly curious. She conversed easily with the Lightwoods and questioned Simon, rather impolitely, about his species.
At that point, Aline was already questioning her own sexuality. She tried to test it out with Jace and kissed him, only to be interrupted by Clary, immediately putting her in Clary's bad books. However, when the teenagers of her residence were discussing Jace and Clary, Aline came to Clary's defense, pointing out that Jace should lighten up on his over-protectiveness, though she completely misunderstood why Jace was protective as she believed that they were siblings.
One evening, while most of the adult members of the Clave were meeting at the Gard, the demon towers of Alicante were miraculously deactivated and demons swarmed into the city. Several broke into Aline's house, driving her out into the streets. While outside, Aline was knocked to the floor by a demon which then attempted to rape her. Isabelle Lightwood arrived just in time and stopped the demon. While Isabelle battled it, Aline was momentarily snapped out of her shock and killed the demon herself before running off.
When they found out that Max Lightwood had been killed by the boy they believed to be her cousin, Aline contacted Sebastian's aunt Élodie about the news, who immediately sent back some of Sebastian's things and pictures, making her realize that the Sebastian that was staying with them had been an imposter. Aline then shared this revelation with the others, specifically Clary first, hoping she would tell the Lightwoods and that they would forgive her family.
Aline is with Isabelle and Clary as they discuss what they'll be wearing to the party. After she leaves, Isabelle asks whether or not Aline was jealous. To this, Clary replies no, signifying that they were on good terms. She is last seen at the party in Alicante. At some point, Aline came out to her parents, Jia and Patrick. Aline met Helen Blackthorn and they began dating publicly, much to the Clave's disapproval.
When Aline came out to her parents, Jia was worried that Helen would break her daughter's heart and also because Helen is part-faerie, a race known for their untrustworthiness. Whereas, Patrick was not happy that Aline had chosen a girl at all rather than a boy, that he mourned selfishly for what he saw as the end of his branch of the Penhallows. The Blackthorns like Aline a lot as she is a calming presence and keeps Helen from fretting.
Aline is seen at the Council meeting to discuss what should be done about Jonathan Morgenstern. She is afterward seen with her girlfriend, Helen Blackthorn, talking to the Lightwoods and Clary. She reveals that the reason she had the guts to ask Helen out was because Alec came out with Magnus inspiring her.
She participates in the battle against Jonathan Morgenstern alongside her girlfriend Helen, the Lightwoods, Simon Lewis, the New York pack, and Magnus Bane. She covers for the group not telling the Clave about the attack by lying to her mother. She said that there wasn't time and that they needed to go when they received the information. She does this as an act of revenge against Jonathan, who killed her cousin Sebastian, as well as a thank you to Isabelle, because she stopped a demon from attacking her.
Aline is at her house with her parents and girlfriend when Helen's siblings and Emma Carstairs arrive at the Penhallow house by Portal after the Los Angeles Institute was attacked. Aline and her parents allowed the Blackthorns and Emma to stay at their home. Aline talked to Clary about her worry over Helen and her siblings and also Emma. Aline, along with Helen, participated in the fight against the Endarkened at the Adamant Citadel. Aline and Helen helped an injured Shadowhunter after the battle.
Aline and Helen along with Alec, Isabelle and Clary witnessed a drunken Simon professing his love for Isabelle which was interrupted by a furious Robert Lightwood. Aline and Helen attended the Council meeting which was interrupted by Matthias Gonzales, who threatened Jia's life and wanted Clary and Jace to surrender themselves up to Sebastian Morgenstern. Alec saved Jia's life by hitting Matthias with his bow and arrow. Aline and Helen along with her mother, Jia, Robert and Maryse Lightwood, Brother Enoch and Brother Zachariah attended the funeral of the Shadowhunters who died during the Citadel battle.
Aline fought against the Dark Shadowhunters and the faeries at the Accords Hall along with her parents, her girlfriend, and the other Shadowhunters in Idris. At the Council meeting after the Dark War, Helen got exiled to Wrangel Island to study the wards and Aline promised to go with her the following week. Aline was among those who attended Jocelyn and Luke's wedding at Three Arrows Farm.
Aline stayed true to her word and eventually followed Helen to Wrangel Island. Eventually, Helen proposed to her, and she accepted. Though Aline's mother was recused from any decision-making related to Helen because of her apparent bias, Helen struck a deal with the Clave—she would agree to go to the Shadowhunter Academy to tell the students the story of her parents and be paraded around as an example of the Clave's distrust of faeries, in exchange for a temporary pardon from her exile for a day and a night so they could get married in Idris with their family and friends present.
On December 1, 2009, Aline and Helen got married in Idris. Jia stood as Aline's suggenes for the wedding. Aline and Helen spent their wedding party being surrounded by and talking with Helen's younger siblings.
For the following years, she and Helen spoke to Helen's siblings and Emma every week. Julian would always tell them that everything with them was fine, not wanting her and Helen to worry about them.
Making the most out of the situation, Aline picked up ice sculpting as a new hobby, excelling at the detail-oriented work and using a variety of weapons for carving. Her best known piece is her rendering of Jonathan Shadowhunter, carved entirely with a seraph blades, but her favorite subject is her wife, Helen.
Aline is in many ways Isabelle's opposite. Where Isabelle is outspoken and confident, Aline is conservative and somewhat shy but displays unabashed curiosity. She is very caring toward her friends, the Lightwoods, and tries to console them when Jace was kidnapped. She is hesitant about the topic of Downworlders, being raised in Idris, and asks quite a few questions about them to Simon when they meet. She initially believes that Downworlders don't have souls, and bluntly says so to Simon. The two are a great deal alike. They both say whatever comes into their head's when it comes into their heads.
Despite her hesitant nature, Aline does care deeply for her family as well as the Lightwoods. She doesn't tell the Clave about the actual events occurring during the fight against Jonathan as a form of revenge against him for killing her cousin. This is also payment toward Isabelle, who saved her.
Aline is half-Asian, contributing to her curved cheekbones, round almond-shaped eyes, and small stature, and is said to look a great deal like her mother. She has dark brown eyes, a delicately, pointed chin, and straight dark, black hair. People perceive her beauty differently—Isabelle and Clary both thought she was pretty, and Simon, who thought she wasn't exactly pretty, described her as striking.
Helen Blackthorn is Aline's wife and first girlfriend. Aline came out and began dating Helen some time after the Mortal War, despite the Clave's general disapproval. Months into their relationship, Aline and Helen had already exchanged family rings, which was considered a serious gesture among Shadowhunters as it is like being engaged. When Helen got exiled to Wrangel Island, Aline promised to follow her there the following week. The couple were wed around two years later.
Jia Penhallow is Aline's mother whom she greatly resembles. Aline seems to have a good relationship with her mother. When Aline came out to her and started dating Helen, Jia was worried about Aline getting her heart broken. Jia felt bad for having to send Helen away to Wrangel Island devastating her daughter.
Patrick Penhallow is Aline's father and she seems to have a good relationship with her father. Patrick was disappointed when Aline came out to him and started dating Helen for selfish reasons namely for not continuing the Penhallow line. Not much is known about her relationship with her father.
Alec Lightwood is a family friend of Aline and they are good friends with each other. Aline told Alec that she was inspired by him to came out to her parents and began dating Helen when he kissed Magnus at the Accords Hall before the Mortal War. Alec voted against sending Aline's girlfriend, Helen away to Wrangel Island during the Council meeting after the Dark War.
Isabelle Lightwood is a family friend of Aline. Isabelle gets along with Aline despite their different personalities although they have a tendency to say whatever comes out of their mouths. When Aline was attacked and almost raped by a demon when the demon towers first went down during the Mortal War, Isabelle saved her life. Aline later repaid Isabelle by helping her friends with the battle against Sebastian at the Burren by lying to her mother to buy them some time.
Jace Herondale is a family friend of Aline. When Aline was thirteen; she and Jace rode over to Brocelind Forest where they got lost and Aline was terrified that they were going to die but Jace was able to get them safely back to Alicante. Aline had a short-lived crush on Jace in which she kissed him only to come to realize that no guy was her type and she eventually realized that she is a lesbian.
Clary Fray is one of Aline's friends. Aline met Clary when she first came to Alicante along with Simon. When Aline kissed Jace which was witnessed by Clary; she was put into Clary's bad books. Eventually, Aline made amends with Clary when she admitted that she was tour one to kiss Jace not the other was around. During the Dark War, Aline confessed to Clary about her worry over Helen and her family and also about Emma.
- City of Glass (first appearance)
- City of Lost Souls
- City of Heavenly Fire
- Pale Kings and Princes (mentioned only)
- Bitter of Tongue
- The Fiery Trial (mentioned only)
- Angels Twice Descending (mentioned only)
- A History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of the Downworld
- Lady Midnight (mentioned only)
- Lord of Shadows and/or
The Queen of Air and Darkness (set to appear)
- Her favorite weapons are blades.
- ↑ "They keep their maiden/family names and take each other's last names as middle ones." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 City of Glass
- ↑ City of Lost Souls
- ↑ City of Heavenly Fire
- ↑ Pale Kings and Princes
- ↑ Bitter of Tongue
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Lady Midnight
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 A History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of the Downworld
- ↑ "... they're also intimately entwined with the story of the Blackthorns in TDA", — Cassandra Clare on Tumblr