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Jace Lightwood
Portrayed by Jamie Campbell Bower
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Biographical Information
Full name: Jace Herondale
Born: 1991
Age: 17
Status: Alive
Alias: Jonathan Wayland
Jonathan Morgenstern
Jace Lightwood
Species: Shadowhunter
Residence: New York Institute
Allegiance: Lightwood family
Parabatai: Alec Lightwood
Family: Stephen Herondale † (father)
Celine Herondale † (mother)
Robert Lightwood (adoptive father)
Maryse Lightwood (adoptive mother)
Alec Lightwood (adoptive brother)
Isabelle Lightwood (adoptive sister)
Max Lightwood † (adoptive brother)
Imogen Herondale † (grandmother)
Physical Description
Gender: Male
Hair color: Blond/Gold
Eye color: Gold
Blue (movie)
Height: 5'11
I don't know who I am. I look at myself in the mirror and I see Stephen Herondale, but I act like a Lightwood and talk like my father—like Valentine. So I see who I am in your eyes, and I try to be that person, because you have faith in that person and I think faith might be enough to make me what you want.

–Jace, City of Fallen Angels

Jace Lightwood is one of the best Shadowhunters of his time, currently residing in the New York Institute. Raised by Valentine Morgenstern, Jace was revealed to be the biological son of the late Celine and Stephen Herondale.


Early life

Jace was born to Stephen and Celine Herondale. While he was still in Celine's womb, Valentine Morgenstern constantly gave Celine doses of Ithuriel's blood to mix with her food, and she took it, not knowing what it really was. Ithuriel's blood made its way into unborn baby Jace's system, thus he was born differently from other Shadowhunters.

When his father was killed, his mother soon followed, apparently having slit her wrists. Valentine, desperate for the baby he had been giving angel blood, had Hodge Starkweather help him take the child from Celine's dead body shortly after. After faking his and his real son's death, Valentine took off with both Jonathan and Jace and raised them separately. While Valentine took the identity of Michael Wayland, Jace was raised as Jonathan Wayland, both of whom were in fact the father-and-son Valentine killed to fake their deaths.

Jace, believing his father was Michael Wayland, and himself to be Jonathan, was raised by Valentine both lovingly and harshly. He instilled thoughts such as "to love is to destroy" into Jace's mind. Once, Valentine gave Jace a falcon to train, intending it to be a killing companion, not a pet. After taming it, Jace showed it to his father who broke its neck, saying that he was supposed to train it to become obedient, not to love him.

When he was ten, Valentine realized that someone knew he was still alive, so he yet again staged his death as Michael Wayland, convincing Jace and everyone else of "Michael's" death. Jace was later sent to the New York Institute to live with the Lightwoods. There, Jace was adopted by the Lightwoods. He became good friends with Alec, who became his parabatai, Izzy, and Max Lightwood.

Valentine's return

Jace at Pandemonium
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One night, Jace, Isabelle and Alec were scouting the Pandemonium Club and had killed a demon when they are approached by what they thought was a mundane girl, Clary Fray. Jace then told Hodge about her, who then asked one of them to bring Clary to the institute. Jace offered to go because he felt a connection to the "mundane girl".

Coinciding with the disappearance of Clary's mother, Jocelyn, were the rumors that Valentine Morgenstern, whom Jace is unaware is also Clary's father, had returned from the dead. The Conclave then decided to take Clary in and help her look for her mother, hoping it will lead them to the truth about Valentine. While Izzy and Alec were both skeptical about helping the stranger, Hodge is insistent about helping an old friend, and Jace found himself strangely compelled to help their guest, though he denied this.

During their adventures, Jace met Madame Dorothea, who they later killed while possessed by the Greater Demon Abbadon, werewolf and former Shadowhunter Luke Garroway, High Warlock of New York, Magnus Bane, the New York Vampire Clan and its acting head Raphael Santiago, and, to Jace's dismay, Clary's mundane best friend Simon Lewis.

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Clary and Jace interrupted by Simon
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Jace and Clary initially do not think much of one another, with Clary thinking he is an arrogant rich boy. Eventually though, Jace and Clary began to care for one another. One evening, when he found out that Clary's birthday was upon them, Jace invited Clary to join him in the Institute's greenhouse. They bond over stories that Jace told about his childhood and soon share a passionate kiss. They leave and Jace walks Clary to her room, only to find Simon waiting inside. When Simon assumes that they were there for another reason, Clary tries to explain herself. Jace is offended at, as he saw it, "how swiftly you dismiss our love." when Simon closes the door angrily. Clary tries to apologize. Jace being emotionally hurt dismisses her apology by saying "dont worry it wasnt anything special for me either".

Despite this, Jace still continued to help Clary. At one point, when Alec is gravely injured during their encounter with the demon Abbadon, Jace went to a dark place and began to blame himself.

Eventually, when Clary was finally able to retrieve the Mortal Cup, Hodge's betrayal was revealed. Jace was knocked out by Hodge, leaving a helpless Clary to watch, trapped in an invisible casing. With Jace's ring, Hodge contacts Valentine Morgenstern and appears to each other through a portal. In exchange for his release from his curse, Hodge gave Valentine the Cup and Jace.

During their time together at Renwick's, Jace realized that Valentine is the man who, as Michael Wayland, raised him. Suddenly keen on reuniting with his father, Jace momentarily decided to side with Valentine. Upon Clary's arrival, Valentine reveals to Jace that they are siblings, which he refused to believe. Luke soon followed after Clary and began to tell Jace about Valentine and Jocelyn's past, facts which Clary later reinforced. During the confrontation, Jace begun to doubt his decision as he learned more about his "father". While Valentine fought Luke, he saw the kind of man he was. With Clary's urging, Jace finally turned against him.

Truly believing Valentine's lies, Jace is lead to believe that he is the brother of the girl he had fallen in love with. Heartbroken, Jace reverts to old ways, keeping his distance from those he cares about.

City of Ashes

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The book starts with Jace being thrown out from the Institute after Maryse finds out the truth about his real father. Then Jace gets attacked by Luke's werewolf pack because of his indifference when the pack informed him about the curious death of one its younger members and his intentional aggravation of the pack. Luke manages to save him and calls Clary to come . Jace tells them that he has been thrown out of the Institute and he doesn't know why. Luke, Clary and Jace go the Institute to question Maryse Lightwood on her decision to do this.

She tells them that the Inquisitor was coming to talk to him about him being Valentine's son and that she was trying to protect Jace. Nonetheless Jace decides to stay and face the Inquisitor, believing that by avoiding her things would become worse.

Later on, due to his disrespectful behaviour towards the Inquisitor he is forced in jail in the Silent City. While in the cell, Jace suddenly hears the screams of the Silent Brothers which are caused by Agramon who is now under Valentine's command. After the slaughter of the Silent Brothers visits Jace and Valentine tells him that he had to kill them to get the Soul Sword.

Meanwhile, Clary, Isabelle and Alec decide to go and rescue Jace after receiving a distress call from the Silent City. The Inquisitor believes that Jace helped Valentine kill the Silent Brothers in order to get the Mortal Sword, however, now that the Sword is gone, they don't know whether Jace is innocent or not. After a lot of debate they finally agree to let Jace stay in Magnus Bane's apartment, in condition that a magical restraint be placed upon him.

Later on, due to the unexplained and mysterious deaths of different Downwolder's Simon, Jace,Clary,Isabelle and Alec visit the Faerie Realm. While there Clary is tricked into eating faerie food, meaning that she won't be able to leave along with the others. However, the Faerie Queen tells her that if she gets the kiss that she most desires, she will be able to leave. When Simon's kiss fails to free Clary, Jace kissed her and successfully breaks the spell, which angers Simon, thus making him leave the group at Central Park.

After their return to the Institute, Clary and Jace fight about their feelings for each other. Jace says the he doesn't see why they can't still be together, while Clary says that the idea repulses her and that their feelings for each other are wrong.

Meanwhile, Raphael Santiago visits them with Simon's corpse in his hands, informing them about Simon's inevitable turning into vampire or death. The team decides to bury Simon in a Jewish cemetery for his resurrection as vampire.

Upon learning about Maia's disappearance and Valentine's plan to turn the Mortal Sword into a demon instrument, Jace visits his father, who is currently hiding on a boat. When he returns from his visit, the Inquisitor having used a magical location device to keep track of him, keeps him prisoner in an electrified cell that has four walls. She then proceeds to tell him about her plan to threaten Valentine in order to get the Mortal Instruments by using Jace's life. Jace tries to tell her that it will not work but she doesn't believe him. Later with some help from Alec, he manages to escape. 

Before facing off Valentine and trying to save both Maia and Simon,who was meanwhile captured for the ritual,on his boat, Jace asks Clary to draw the Fearless rune on him. While on board of the ship, Jace finds Simon dead and feeds him his blood in order to save him. The rest of the Shadowhunters soon arrive and a chaotic battle begins on the boat. During the battle, Jace is confronted by Imogen, who apologizes and looks really astonished when Jace tells her once more that he did not know Valentine was his father. Imogen also questions him about the star shaped scar he has and tries to tell him something but Jace angered by the Inquisitor's behaviour and leaves to join the battle. Then he is attacked by a demon he cannot defeat, however, the Inquisitor saves him with her last words being "Your father would be proud", leaving Jace more confused than before. He later realizes that Imogen was his grandmother.

Soon afterwards the battle ends with the ship being completely destroyed by Clary's Opening rune.The book ends with Jace telling Clary that he will, from now on, act like her brother and nothing more.

City of Glass

At the beginning of the book Jace is making preparations in order to leave with the rest of his family in Idris, alongside Clary. However, Jace believing that Idris is too dangerous for Clary and at the same time wanting to stop thinking about her, decides to trick Clary with the help of Simon. Simon reluctantly agrees but when the Lightwoods are ready to leave through a portal, they are attacked by a group of Forsaken. And amidst the chaos created, Jace is forced to take Simon with him, something which is illegal since Simon need permission to enter Idris.

While at Idris, Jace spends a lot of time with Aline Penhallow and her cousin Sebastian Verlac . But his peace is soon interrupted when Clary appears. Jace afraid of his feelings for her distances himself and even blames her. Thus, allowing Sebastian to come closer to Clary.

Nevertheless, upon the discovery of the fact that the Book of White is hidden inside the library in the Wayland manor , Clary asks Jace to help her. Jace agrees and they go together.

There they discover the Angel Ithuriel trapped in the basement, Clary having the ability to create runes, frees the Angel, but not before she and Jace are shown some memories of Valentine's experimentation on both of his children. Jace believing that in his veins runs demon blood is inconsolable.

Meanwhile, in Idris Sebastian has broken the Wards thus allowing Valentine's army of demons to enter and destroy everything. A great battle begins and Jace is informed about Sebastian's betrayal and murder of his little brother Max . Burning with anger and self-hatred because of all the events, Jace decides to track down both Sebastian and Valentine but not before deciding to spend his possible last night with Clary, finally declaring his love for her and sleeping beside her.

After following the tracking spell Jace finds a cave outside Idris where Valentine and Sebastian discuss their plan to summon Raziel and destroy the all Downwolders and the Shadowhunters who will not bend their knee. Then Valentine leaves, and Sebastian having already sensed Jace's presence starts to tease him. After a while they both fight each other with Sebastian revealing his true identity as Jonathan Christopher Morgenstern and informing Jace that he is the son of Stephen Herondale, Jace starts to lose ground but Isabelle finds them and assists him. However, she is badly injured by Jonathan and Jace finding an opening kills him.

Later on, he finds Valentine, who is ready to summon the Raziel and has silenced Clary with a Rune. Valentine looks shocked when Jace tells him that he killed Jonathan but other than that he doesn't show any other emotion and before Jace finishes him off, Valentine stabs him. Clary, upon witnessing all this, changes the ritual Runes, leading to Raziel answering to her and not Valentine. Raziel, knowing Valentine's motives, kills him and resurrects Jace by Clary's request.

The books ends with everyone celebrating their victory over Valentine's forces in what is going to be known as the Mortal War and Jace and Clary reforming their relationship, now free to be together after all. 

City of Fallen Angels 

One month has passed since the events of City of Glass. Jace is now training Clary and the two enjoy their relationship. However he begins to see some nightmares which always end with him murdering Clary. Jace fearing that he is losing control, decides to distance himself from Clary.

He spent most of his time protecting Simon and avoiding Clary. Clary growing more and more frustrated with this whole situation takes a lot of risks. After a while Jace no longer being able to bury his emotions tells Clary about his nightmares.

Hoping to find a way to stop these nightmares, they visit the Silent Brothers, who inform them that with Jace's death the magic from the ritual which protected him from demon possession has faded and keep Jace in the Silent City in order to perform it again.

However during the night, Jace dreams of his lost brother Max. Max gives him a knife, telling him to cut himself in order to be released from the demon's possession. Jace wakes up under Lilith's influence.

He leaves the City of Bones and goes to Jocelyn's wedding party. There ,under Lilith's influence,he marks Clary with a rune that makes loose her senses and carries her to the top of an unfinished hotel , where Lilith is preparing a resurrection ritual for Jonathan.

The book ends with Clary, Simon and Jace defeating Lilith. However when Jace is left alone in the top of the hotel due to his still having the rune he completes the ritual awaking Jonathan. It is shown, in the last lines of the book , that Jonathan is now able to control Jace.

City of Lost Souls

Jace's state and whereabouts are unknown in the start of the book, worrying his family and friends. Moreover the Clave's priorities swift from locating Sebastian and Jace to safeguarding the Wards, due to the increased number of demons which pass through them.

Meanwhile, Jace and Sebastian are traveling all over the world preparing for Sebastian's plan. Jace, unable to stay away from Clary, visits her and asks her to follow them. Clary is considering the offer but their meeting is cut short when Jocelyn sees Sebastian in her kitchen and screams. Their little adventure ends with Sebastian throwing a silver dagger to Luke and leaving with Jace. Jace's allegiance to Sebastian is confirmed.

After their departure from Luke's house, Jace and Sebastian keep working on their plans for a little while longer, till Clary joins them. Clary tries to understand the connection between her brother and boyfriend but she cannot find a way to help Jace. Not without raising suspicions.

Jace, still under Lilith's spell, participates in all of Sebastian's plans and at the same time dates Clary. He is the happiest Clary has ever seen him. However, after an unfortunate turn of events, his bond with Sebastian is severed and he is able to say the truth to Clary, about the Infernal Cup and Sebastian's true intentions. After which he unsuccessfully tries to flee to the Clave in order to turn in the Cup.


The archetypal Byronic hero, Jace gives the impression of holding most people in disdain but is quite chivalrous toward women. He is extremely arrogant, believing himself to be "the best Shadowhunter to ever live," and to be above others. He can also be very sarcastic if he wants to be and is shown to be very confident about his looks and has dated a lot of girls, with Aline stating that he "gets around." His charisma, good looks, and charm have made him quite the ladies' man, and he is implied to be somewhat promiscuous among girls. Despite his luck with girls, he never forms emotional attachments for more than a brief amount of time, if at all, because of the way Valentine had taught him that "to love is to destroy." And that love, therefore, makes a person weak. He is also known to be a bit self-centered; however, when it comes to battle and justice, he is willing to make sacrifices and the right decisions.

His personality drastically changes after meeting Clary, with Isabelle stating that before Jace had met Clary, Jace was living a "half-life"and that after he began to grow close to her, it was like he suddenly "woke up" and "started living." He does however remain arrogant, although in a more minimal level, particularly to those people he does not like.

The only people Jace has any feelings of love for before meeting Clary were the Lightwoods. Jace shares the snobbish attitude toward mundanes and Downworlders that the Lightwoods have in common with Valentine, though he lacks their extremist tendencies. Beneath Jace's flippant exterior lies a soul in constant torment. He is filled with a deep-seated rage that he keeps in check most of the time and which he channels into fighting and slaying demons and also, sometimes, his sarcastic and nasty remarks (as seen in bonus material that Cassandra Clare had written). While Isabelle often dates around to calm her nerves, Jace relaxes by getting into fights. Clary figures that fighting to Jace is "what sex is to normal people." Jace has also been shown to be a very passionate individual, and when he falls in love with Clary, he does so on a very deep and passionate level and does everything in his power to protect her from harm. The extent of his love for Clary even, in the first novel, had Alec jealous of Clary (resulting in Alec temporarily being harsh and cold towards her) and shocked Isabelle that Jace had finally fallen for someone, but is in addition stunned on such a deep level.

Jace's conceited exterior hides a profound inner hatred which intensifies after he (mistakenly) thought that he was part demon. He blames this as the cause for his – then presumed – incestuous feelings towards Clary. Fortunately, he later learns that he and Clary aren't actually siblings and rather than being part demon, he is actually part angel, even more so than regular people of his kind. Jace has a strong moral core, but also exhibits sadistic tendencies which he got on account of being raised by Valentine and at times can be extremely vindictive, though often only cruel to protect those he loves.

Part of Jace loves Valentine, despite the abuse, who was at time kind and affectionate towards him. Also, he is slightly afraid of Valentine at first, because of his memories with him as a child. He is also unable to bring himself to kill him on the several occasions when he was given the chance to.

Physical description

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Jace is known for and has a strong title for his good looks. He is described as having fine, curly, golden blond hair and eyes that look gold in the light with long eyelashes. He has a slim, muscular build and is about 5'11" in height. His face is often described as being beautiful, sexy, gorgeous and angular and Clary often refers to him as beautiful and leonine, with a narrow mouth. Like all other Shadowhunters, he is covered in thin, silver scars from years of applying various magical runes with a stele for battle and healing purposes, as well as permanent runes that look like tattoos.

The only flaw in his face, as Clary has noticed, is the slight chip in his incisor teeth. Clary is said to be relieved by this as it is a proof that he is not that inhumanly handsome and perfect. It is said that Jace is seventeen years old, though that was assuming he was Valentine (or Michael Wayland's) son, and his real age is determined to be between a few years younger than Jonathan Christopher and a year or so older than Clary. Jace is also noted to be left-handed (like Valentine). He is said to look like his true father, Stephen Herondale, except around the eyes where he looks like his mother, Celine Herondale.

He has a birthmark in the shape of a star on his left shoulder. The origin of this birthmark is revealed in Clockwork Princess.


  • Angel Blood: While all Shadowhunters have the angel Raziel's blood in them, Jace, along with Clary, has considerably more angel blood flowing through his veins due to Valentine's experiments. Jace was given the blood of Ithuriel, seemingly making him stronger and generally better than other Shadowhunters.
  • Runes: Jace has had several Marks placed on his skin, giving varied effects.
  • Superhuman Physiology: Being Nephilim, Jace possesses a variety of enhanced physical and mental abilities granted to him by the blood of Raziel in his veins and also by the angelic Marks of the Grey Book. This includes enhanced strength, agility, stamina, and coordination, which only improves over time and practice. The fact that he has even more angelic blood contributes to his superiority.


  • Stele, a tool used to draw runes onto the skin of Shadowhunters.
  • Sensor, a tool used to detect demonic activity in the area.
  • Seraph blades, weapons that take the form of dull tubes with blunt edges when deactivated. They are given Angel names and, when the power of the namesake Angel is called upon, the blade springs to life, growing into a bright, glowing dagger.
  • Daggers and Swords: Jace has used a few daggers and swords in battle as well.


For further information, see the "found" family tree.
Edmund H.
Linette O.
Ella H.
Will H.
Tessa G.
Cecily H.
Lucie H.
James H.
Cordelia C.
Lydia K.
Owen H.
Imogen W.
Marcus H.
Stephen H.
Celine M.
Jace L.


Main Article: Jace Lightwood/Relationships

Love Interests

Jace and Clary have quite a complicated relationship. While both showed dislike for each other initially, they began to care for one another other and inevitably fell in love during their adventures together.

Even after they were misleadingly told that they were siblings, and while they fought hard to resist temptation, their feelings for each other were undeniable and have even kissed in more than one occasion. He longed for her, though, and both tried to work things out and form a familial bond. However, Jace was horrified by the thought of being in love with his sister that he tried to avoid her, ultimately failing when he once offered to have a secret, incestuous relationship with her, blaming this lapse of judgement on the fact that he may have Lilith's demon blood running through his veins

Eventually, they find out that they are not siblings. After both found out, however, Jace was killed while protecting Clary from Valentine. Clary then asked the angel Raziel, who was obliged to grant her one wish, to bring him back to life. Realizing that they are now free from the lie that separated them, they start an official relationship.

Shortly after they got together, things immediately began to get complicated. Because of his vulnerability to demonic influence after being resurrected, Jace began to dream about killing Clary; fearing that he may actually harm her, he distanced himself from her, especially when he did hurt her, until Jace realized how much Clary was willing to risk for him.

In the City of Lost Souls, Jace is controlled by Sebastian, but still holds feelings toward Clary. Though, as stated by Clary, he is in love with a memory of her, not her as of that moment. He is then forced to leave her, but comes back a total of two times to try to convince her to come with him and Sebastian. She ultimately agrees, and have try to have a relationship, but as Jace is controlled, he isn't quite the same as he was before hand.

According to Isabelle, Jace had often hooked up with girls but never developed even the slightest emotional attachment for anyone else before Clary. Isabelle was apparently even quite surprised at how quickly he became genuinely attracted to Clary and that she and the others at the Institute saw how Jace began to drastically change as he began grow closer to her.


Alec Lightwood

Alec is Jace's best friend and his parabatai, his fighting partner. Alec once believed that he was in love with Jace. However, Jace soon reveals that he knew about the way Alec felt about him and that he didn't love him. He just used him as an excuse not to get in a relationship with Magnus. Alec soon gets with Magnus, although he remains loyal and protective over Jace.

Isabelle Lightwood

Isabelle is said to have tried to get with Jace in the past, but he was apparently uninterested. Jace and Isabelle are like brother and sister and he considers her family. He makes fun of her often, but is also affectionate of her. He and Alec often make fun of her terrible cooking.

When Jace first came to New York with them, though, it took a while for Isabelle to accept him, bonding over their passion for fighting.

Robert and Maryse Lightwood

Not much is known about the relationship between Robert Lightwood and Jace since he is absent for the most part of the books. It's safe to assume that it resembles that between him and his children. A little cold but caring and loving.

Maryse love for Jace is not evident in the very beginning but throughout City of Ashes and City of Lost Souls, it becomes clear that she loves him and cares for him as much as she cares for her biological children. She goes as far as to lie and try to trick the Clave in order to protect him, knowing that losing him would as hard as losing one of her children.

Max Lightwood

Max Lightwood, looked up to Jace and wanted to become like him. Jace was very fond of him even from the beginning of his life with the Lightwoods, even giving him his only toy, a little Shadowhunter soldier when he deemed he was old enough to have. Jace rarely made any loving gestures in the beginning of the books, however with Max,everythimg he did mirrored his love and care for the little boy. Max's death in City of Glass devastated him and made him swear that he will avange him.

Stephen never met his son but is evident through the context of his letter that he love his unborn child, even if he conception was with a woman he barely knew. Stephen's only request from his son is to do what he wants and love who he wants. Jace's feelings of his father are not stated a lot in the books, since he didn't know about his true identite half way through the series. Jace needs to find something to make him feel close to this man and understand him.

Imogen hated and envied Jace for the most part of the book, believing that he was a younger version of Valentine, something that Jace repeatedly sarcastic and arrogant behaviour kept reminding her. She envied him because he was the living proof that even though Valentine made all these sins, he still had a son while hers was dead. She refused to believe anything Jace said up until the point when she noticed his star-shaped mark. A mark that exists in almost every Herondale. That made her believe Jace's claims but before she was able to tell him the truth, she died. Her last words to Jace where "Your father would have been proud" meaning Stephen and not Valentine, something that was revealed in the third book.


Valentine was Jace's foster father, initially leading Jace to believe that he was his real father. He has mixed emotions about his father but eventually decides on fighting against him. He develops a deep hatred towards Valentine and is ashamed of the false fact that he is his father. Nonetheless, Jace inherited a lot of Valentine's traits, which he is even more ashamed and afraid of. He is also shown to still occasionally grieve for the death of the only father he grew up to know.

Jace's relationship with Jonathan was strained from the beginning. Jace didn't trust him and showed no willingness to bond with him. Jonathan's short relationship with Clary, followed with the revelation of his true motives made him Jace's new nemesis. Jonathan envied Jace even before the two of them had met because of the way Valentine raised Jace, with more love and care than him.

In City of Lost Souls, Jace's bond with Jonathan forces him to become the subordinate of the two, thus making believe whatever Jonathan believed. The only thing that remained unchanged was his love for Clary. The two, during the time of their bonding, behaved like best friends and Jace was willing to do anything for Jonathan from helping carry out his evil plan to murder an innocent. However when their bond was severed, their relationship was back to that of enemies with Jace wanting to kill him.


Jace has no official given name, as "Jonathan Christopher" belongs to Jocelyn and Valentine's real son, Jonathan Christopher Morgenstern. However, Maryse Lightwood, his adoptive mother, gave him the name "Jace," abbreviated from his two names.

There are several surnames that had at one point been applicable to Jace, namely: Wayland (initially believed to be his true surname when Valentine, posing as Michael Wayland, raised him); Morgenstern (once believed to be his true ancestry through Valentine and Jocelyn), Herondale (his true lineage through Stephen and Celine Herondale) and Lightwood (the name he decided to use since they were his adoptive, and only true family).

The name he once held, Jonathan Christopher, means "Yahweh has given'" (Hebrew) and "Bearer of Christ" (Greek).

The name Maryse Lightwood has given him and the one he is currently using, Jace, means "Healer" in Greek and "the Lord is my Salvation" in Hebrew.

His former surname, "Morgenstern," means "Morning Star."


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  • Jace Wayland Poster
  • Jace at the Pandemonium Club
  • Jace outside Java Jones
  • Jace and Clary at the City of Bones
  • Jace applying runes


  • Jace is left-handed and can play the piano.
  • He loves mu shu pork. He hates cucumber, bergamot and sugar in his coffee.
  • Jace likes horses.
  • Jace enjoys being barefoot, a trait he shares with Clary and Isabelle.
  • He can speak Romanian, Latin, Italian, French, and probably some more languages.
  • Jace hates liars. Jace had always stated that he never lies, something that Isabelle and Alec confirms. However, he lies several time in the books, to keep the people he loves, especially Clary, safe.
  • Jace wore the silver Morgenstern family ring, initially thought a Wayland ring, on his neck before giving it to Clary in City of Glass.
  • Jace is extremely well-read and can quote literary passages to fit any occasion, usually in romantic instances between him and Clary.
  • Jace, like his ancestor, Will Herondale, hates ducks for some unknown reason, among the many traits they share.
  • Jace was originally named Will, but Cassie opted for Jace to be something that could be short for Jonathan.[1] She also stated that if Celine and Stephen had the chance to name him he would have been named Will, after his and Stephen's ancestor.[2]


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