After being off fighting a war for five years, Alec Lightwood and Jace Wayland return to their home town Nottingham. Alec is badly wounded and is shocked by what has become of his beloved town while they've been away. People are starving and being harshly punished for small crimes. King Valentine has taken over control and demands that the people pay ridiculously high taxes to the crown.
Magnus had inherited a lot of money from his parents and king Valentine thinks that he would be the perfect husband for his daughter Camille, who Magnus hates. He has to keep up appearances though so that they don't throw him out of the castle where he's managed to open a small orphanage for children who has lost their parents. Magnus hates that he lives at the castle while the people in town were starving and he tries to help them in any way he can without the kings knowledge.
What happens when these two cross paths again after so many years? And why did Alec and Jace return from war before any of the other soldiers? What has happened to the real king, king Luke?
Magnus is a blitzball player in a glittering metropolis known as Alicante. During the Memorial Cup to honor Magnus father Asmodeus, a legendary blitzball player who went missing ten years ago, the stadium is destroyed by a colossal monster that attacks the city. Magnus is swept away along with Ragnor, a man who has been looking after him ever since Asmodeus went missing and Magnus mother died, leaving him orphaned.
Magnus awakens in an alien world where he meets people whose language he doesn't understand, and meets islanders whose customs he is unfamiliar with. The only thing he recognizes is blitzball, and the locals want to add him to their team after witnessing his skills. Under the care of his new friends, Magnus meets summoner Alexander who sets out on his pilgrimage to defeat Sin, the monster who had attacked Alicante and apparently transported Magnus into the future. As the only knowledge of Alicante the people in this new world have, is that it is a holy land that was destroyed by Sin a thousand years ago.