|“||I said that to protect you. What else could I do? Been keeping an eye on you this whole time.||”|
Luke Garroway is a werewolf, a devoted friend of Jocelyn Fray and the closest thing to a father Clary has ever known. While Luke and Jocelyn are not officially a couple, he has always secretly loved her and dedicated his life to protecting her and her daughter.
Luke was once a Shadowhunter, and a good friend of both Jocelyn and her husband, Valentine Morgenstern. He became a member of his Circle, being one of his many young, idealistic friends. They helped him steal the Mortal Cup from the Clave before he and some others realized that what Valentine was different and had become extreme.
When Jocelyn realized what Valentine was up to—experimenting not only on himself but others, including her and their unborn children in her womb—Jocelyn immediately told Luke. After her daughter, Clary, was born and was old enough, she ran away with Luke's help, and with the Cup, but not before Valentine led Luke into an ambush that almost killed him—and Turned him into a werewolf.
The pair eventually found home in New York, where Luke opened an antique store and Jocelyn painted for a living. Luke, who had grown to love Clary like his own, was against Jocelyn's desire to keep their nature a secret from Clary but could only stand by and watch as Jocelyn had Magnus Bane put blocks on her mind. As she grew, Luke continued to insist that Jocelyn tell her, though the latter kept postponing their plans of telling Clary until she turned eighteen, as the spells had begun wearing off faster and more often by then.
When Valentine's men finally came for Jocelyn, she told Clary to tell Luke. Upon realizing that Jocelyn was missing, Clary immediately went to Luke's, just in time to see Valentine's men, Pangborn and Blackwell, interrogating him. To keep them from coming after Clary, he lied and told them that he cared nothing for Jocelyn and Clary and he in fact wanted to be the one to deliver the Cup to Valentine himself. While they did not believe him, Clary did and was shocked and hurt by the revelation.
Despite knowing that Clary might now despise him, he continued to look after her. With his pack, he followed her and the rest of the Shadowhunters to the Hotel Dumort and, when they saw that things were getting out of hand for their small group, intervened and defended them. Not knowing that they were on their side, Clary feared the werewolves and threw a knife at him when he approached her.
It would only be after Valentine's invasion of the New York Institute that Luke got the opportunity to finally speak to Clary. She appeared next to his home because she was thinking of him when she jumped into the Portal at the Institute. Fully showing her his wolf form for the first time, Luke jumped a demon to protect her. Letting Clary recuperate in his store, Luke told her his side of the story.
When Clary received a call from Simon about Jocelyn being at the Institute, they rushed over, with Luke calling his third-in-command Alaric and the rest of his pack for backup. Upon their arrival, the group partially transformed to be able to stand a chance against Valentine's hordes of demons. They were briefly cornered, but Clary pulls a mysterious trick that helps buy them some time to escape.
Realizing that Clary and the others needed to be elsewhere, and that the demons would come after them and slow them down, Luke volunteered to stay behind with the werewolves and fight the demons off. During the battle, Luke got cornered by the demons. Alaric quickly came to Luke's aid and was killed in the process. An anguished Luke killed the demons in anger.
Though Jace Wayland and Clary were able to momentarily get rid of Valentine and retrieve Jocelyn, she remained in her coma-like state, much to their dismay. They brought her to a hospital for her to be confined, and he, Clary, and even Simon, continued to keep close watch, with Luke barely leaving her side.
Luke is well-built and stands at about six feet tall. He has curly, dark brown hair with a chunk of gray strands atop his head.
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- This version of Luke only appeared in the film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. He was portrayed by Aidan Turner.
- Differences from the novel:
- In the book City of Bones, Luke merely sent members of his pack to tail Clary, werewolves who then followed her into the Dumort; Luke had kept his distance and was not even in the hotel fight. In the film, Luke was the one who had been tailing her and was part of the raiding group and the battle that ensued. He was even the werewolf she had stabbed, and the one that, upon returning the knife to her, commented that she threw the knife well, instead of Alaric.
- There was little indication of Luke's past, particularly his connection to Valentine, in the film. However, a deleted scene showed Valentine leading Luke into the ambush that Turned him into a werewolf.