Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadow hunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadow hunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
What can I say I loved the world Cassandra Clare painted for me in my head when I read the Mortal Instruments Series this past summer. I loved the idea of the shadow hunters keeping a watch over the populace unnoticed trying to keep the world safe from unruly demons and downworlders. I was really looking forward to reading the Infernal Devices series and tried to hold out as long as I could until Clockwork Princess came out so I could read them all in one go. I was not disappointed. This book is in no way related to the other series as it takes place well before The Mortal Instruments in the year 1878, but you will get to meet younger versions of Magnus Bane, Woosley Scott and the ancestors of the Lightwoods, Herondales etc. Tessa is a strong female lead that takes everything in stride and rises up to meet the challenges she is facing like a champ. As she grows closer to the Will and Jace, she has to choose between the love of her weak power hungry brother and her loyalty to her new shadow hunter friends. Throw in a little teenage angst, a nefarious plot to destroy the shadow hunters, and a love triangle and you got a great book. Cassandra Clare has a way of creating a fantastic world with wonderfully flawed characters that draw you in and keeps you there till the very end.
I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars
The Magister is everywhere he has infiltrated every aspect of their lives and is always a step ahead, he has been planning for a very long time and retribution will be paid, but he needs Tessa's help to finish what he started. Will, Jem and Tessa travel to learn more about the Magister and the events that lead them to this place. As they search for answers about the past they hope to find insight into what exactly Tessa is, and what she is meant to do for the Magister. Throw in a love triangle and you had me the minute I read chapter one. I love the complicated relationships between Jem and Tessa, Tess and Will, Jem and Will. Jem's character has such a loving soul and he is so loyal to those around him always choosing to see the light and good in people even when they are hurtful and push others away. I think he is truely my favorite character. I was totally drawn in from the beginning hot off the heels of Clockwork Angel and was intrigued to learn the back story of the Magister every villan needs a great back story and man is this guy patient. and Will is in his glory in typical teenage fashion, he is angry and misunderstood, he is loving, he is mean, arrogant and cocky, I love it !!!!!!
I gave this book a 4 out of 5 star Rating
A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa's heart, will do anything to save her.
All good things must come to and end and Cassandra Clare did an excellent job of tying up all the loose ends, I stayed engaged from the very minute I started reading until I turned my ereader off. I am not ashamed to admit that by the end of this book I was sitting there reading the final chapters and epilogue with tears streaming down my face. This book series could very well end up being more epic than the twilight craze (don't go hatin' on me twi- hards I love twilight I just love this series a little more) . I would definetly recommend this series to all my YA genre loving friends. Some characters were sacrificed for the cause and others thankfully were spared, I don't think I could have handled it if Henry had died too I would have lost my brain. I loved him. I love books that draw you and and hold you tight and don't let go to the very end. All the sights and smells of England in the 1800's, the wind, dirt, damp and seemingly endless rain. I loved it!!!!!
I gave this book a 5 out of 5 star rating
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