Chiara Malatesta is a Shadowhunter and the head of the Rome Institute.


In 2012, Chiara attended a Council meeting where the newly resurrected Annabel Blackthorn was to testify against Zara Dearborn. During an argument between the Blackthorns and the Cohort, Chiara suggested that they use the Mortal Sword on Annabel rather than waste time with pointless arguments.[1]

Personality and traits

According to Emma Carstairs, Chiara has an authoritative voice.

Physical description

Chiara is a small olive-skinned woman with deep gray hair worn almost to her shoulders. She wears plain clothes but adorns herself with jewelry.



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Chiara is both a feminine Italian given name and a surname; it is the Italian form of the name Clara, which was in turn was derived from the Late Latin name Clarus which meant "clear, bright, famous". This feminine form became popular because of the 13th-century Saint Chiara of Assisi, a follower of Saint Francis of Assisi.