Merry Mondays is a monthly meme hosted here @ Mom with a Reading Problem on the first Monday of each month and every Monday in December to celebrate the holiday season year round. Each month a different topic centered around the holidays will be discussed.
In May, we celebrated Moms so it is only fair that June’s topic is “Dad’s Turn. Who is your favorite literary dad?” As I mentioned last month, I read a lot of YA dystopian. Parents are usually missing from these. They are either completely absent or vaguely discussed and rarely appear in actual dialogue. So like last month, it made finding a dad to feature hard. But after some thinking, only one literary dad stood out and that’s Luke Garroway from The Mortal Instruments series.City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments, #1
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on 2007-03-27
Length: 485 pages
Reviewing Hardcover from My Book Shelf
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...
Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.
My husband got me The Mortal Instruments series a few years ago for Christmas, and I’ve slowly been reading through the series. The last one I finished was City of Fallen Angels. I immediately identified with Luke. He’s smart, caring, and allows Clary to be independent while still maintaining authority.
Now I know what you’re thinking. Luke is not a father, and you’re right. He isn’t. BUT he is a surrogate father for Clary. He is the man that has been there for her since her earliest memories. He taught her to ride a bike, pushed her on the swings, his house was always her safe haven. Even with her mother’s coma in the first few books of the series, Luke is who she turns to. Clary sees Luke as she would a father, and most importantly, loves him as she would a father.
Personally I think Luke’s own feelings for Clary speak to him being a father more than anything else. He loves that girl. He’s watched her grow up and he’s been there for her every step of the way. It takes a lot to be a dad, but it takes someone special to love a child that isn’t his.