Simon’s life couldn’t be any more normal than it already is. He thought that coming out would change his boring predictable life completely, but that was far from the outcome. One day, to cheer him up, his best friend Clary Fray convinces him to skip school and spend the afternoon at the New York Metropolitan Art Museum.
Weird things start to happen when an ancient Greek vase, featuring the Goddess Aphrodite, catches his attention. The vase seems to glow, calling to him. After some repeated bad mistakes, he soon discovers himself in another time. The time of the Ancient Olympians.
Aphrodite, who looks like the spitting image of his friend Isabelle Lightwood, tells him that she has summoned him to help her change the course of a great war that is tearing the Gods of Olympus apart: The Trojan War. To help her do this, Simon must distract her brother Ares, the God of War, from the whispers of Typhoeus, the Father of all monsters, who she believes is using Ares as a tool to help free himself from his prison in Tartarus.
Simon is forbidden to reveal who he really is. But when the handsome, brooding Ares ignites a flame in his heart, Simon doesn’t know if he can continue to lie, as he slowly starts to fall in love…
Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873)
“Countess Alexander Nikolaevitch Lamsdorff” (1859)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York, United States
The twenty-four-year-old countess depicted here was the wife of Alexander Nikolaevitch Lamsdorff, a Russian aristocrat and Francophile. The book of English poetry in her lap is thought to be a reference to her father, Ivan Alexandrovitch Beck, a poet and translator. Her choice of a fashionable day dress may have been suggested by Winterhalter, who is known to have advised his sitters on their wardrobe and posed them to their best advantage in his studio.