Ten Years of City of Bones: Parabatai

THE SPECIAL EDITION IS OUUUUUUT!!! OH MY GOD, IT’S SOOO PRETTY!! Also, it’s week five, which means it’s time to talk about our favorite parabatai bond!

This is a special tenth anniversary blog meme created by the lovely Jessica over at Booked J. If you’d like to join the fun, learn more, and check out her answers click HERE!

For this week five post, we’re talking all about our favorite parabatai bond in the shadowhunter universe.  Anyone who has even remotely paid attention to these posts probably won’t be shocked at my pick, but still. This was HARD!! All my adorable parabatai bonds are amazing, how can I be expected to choose just one??

I think it’s also important to note that I STILL haven’t read “The Dark Artifices” yet, so I’m probably missing some majorly important parabatai bonds in this universe. I mean, even just having a vague idea of what Lady Midnight is about makes me think all my opinions on this will fly out the window the moment I read it. But for now I have “The Mortal Instruments” and “The Infernal Devices” at my fingertips, so LET’S DO THIS.


Favorite All-time Parabatai Bond

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Will Herondale & Jem Carstairs

The Infernal Devices

I agonized about this decision guys. AGONIZED ABOUT IT. Because as much as I love Heronstairs, I love Jalec just as much and I had one hell of a time deciding between the two. On paper they’re practically the same. Jace and Will are almost CLONES and despite the differences between Alec and Jem, they both act as the rational counterpart to their parabatai brother. In the end though, I decided to weigh how they handle their adversities as a team and Heronstairs just felt more consistent to me. They seemed more… bonded?

I don’t really know how to say what I’m thinking, so just nod your head like you know what I’m talking about.


In “The Mortal Instruments,” Jace is a good soul who just wants to do the right thing and get justice for those who deserve it, but he knows that that doesn’t always mean following the rules. Alec, on the other hand, is desperate to please his parents, earn respect as a shadowhunter, and live up to the family name. As a result, the two always seem to be at odds, arguing on what the “right” thing to do is. In the end, they always come back together and learn from their experiences, which is what makes them amazing. But there’s a kind of tension in their relationship (for a multitude of reasons) that I didn’t experience with Jem and Will.

Heronstairs isn’t perfect either. I mean, Will hid his feelings for Tessa for like, a REALLY long time. Jem is freaking dying. Will wanders around at night acting drunk and generally being emo. They’re kind of a mess, but that never gets in the way of how much they love each other. When they’re in a physical confrontation, Will and Jem are completely synchronized like a well oiled machine, but it goes beyond that. Jem knows Will better then Will knows Will. He sees through the “drunk” behavior and bad attitude to the big heart underneath. Will supports Jem completely and is willing to do anything to keep him around longer, including risking himself to get more yin fen. To me, it felt like they were constantly being supportive, loving, and concerned about the other the whole series. Even when they make mistakes, it’s trying to save the other from harm. Ugh, I just… I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. SUCH AN AMAZING PARABATAI BOND!


My Parabatai from the Series

If I could choose a parabatai for myself from the series, I’d want it to be Tessa. Not only is she my favorite, but she’s smart and level-headed, which would be good in a fight. Since she’s a warlock though, I don’t think I can choose her. Coming in at close second is Clary. She’s smart, sassy, creative, and good in a fight so I think she’d make an excellent parabatai bond. Her and I could geek out over art/drawing stuff together when we’re not busy saving the city from demons.

My Parabatai from Life

This one was pretty easy. I have a best girlfriend that I definitely plan on choosing as my parabatai should shadowhunting turn out to be real. We’re pretty synchronized already without really trying and we compliment each other well. I’m the calm and she’s the storm. Pretty sure I’d be terrible at fighting and using weapons, but whatever. That’s not important right?? *laughs nervously*



What do you think of Heronstairs vs. Jalec as parabatai bonds?
Who would you choose as your parabatai bond from the series? From real life??
Do you have any other favorite parabatai bonds that I didn’t mention?

Holler at me in the comments!!

2 thoughts on “Ten Years of City of Bones: Parabatai

  1. “Jem knows Will better then Will knows Will. ” I SWEAR I’M NOT CRYING. I am flat out sobbing at this. Call it PMS (TMI–oh wow I just released) but for some reason that line GOT TO ME and I want to fling myself under the covers and cry a bit. I love them so much and everything you said is so on-point. I agree with you entirely about Jace and Alec–there’s a lot of parallels between the two vs. Jem and Will and I would definitely always pick Heronstairs because they honestly are like two halves of the same whole and are that proof that soulmates come in different forms and that nothing is quite like seeing two people who just fit together.

    And boy, do they fit together.

    I think I miss them the most, too, out of all the characters. Them plus Tessa, because they’re just so… pure. I know that sounds lame, but Will and Jem have the purest parabatai bond because of their strengths and their flaws and ugh I’m getting emo and ahead of myself but BASICALLY, everything you said is on point and I’m so glad you’re participating because your thoughts are like a less suffocating version of my own and it’s always a blast reading what you have to say!

    1. Well dang girl, I didn’t mean to make you cry!! But I’m so glad you loved it! I’m so happy that you commented on one of my posts with your City of Bones link because doing this has been so much fun!!! I actually can’t believe we’re halfway through and I get super bummed when I think about it ending. I DON’T WANT IT TO, GAH.

      And it feels so true right? Jem really knows Will better than he knows himself. Will is all MY FEELINGS, WHAT ARE THEY DOING??? And Jem is just like, you’re an idiot. Lol. But I agree that I miss them the most too. I just want more Heronstairs all day, every day!!!

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