I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: The Infernal Devices #2
Published by Margaret K. McElderry on December 6th, 2011
Genres: Angels, Love & Romance, Supernatural, Vampires, Young Adult
Source: publisher unsolicited
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?
As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.
This novel cements Cassandra Clare as another genius with her witty dialogue, and incredibly fully-formed plots. Her creative take on mundanes, warlocks, werewolves, angels and faeries created a wonderful world of fantasy that is just too good to pass up. I know of not one person who dislikes this series and that says a LOT.
I really love Tessa.. I like how no matter what situation she’s put in, she always wants to do the right thing. I like how she talks back to Will and usually shuts him up. I like how she’s not a knockout but beautiful in her own way. I definitely like how she never lets anyone walk all over her. She’s definitely a heroine to admire.
As for the heavy love triangle set from the previous novel Clockwork Angel, we find Tessa torn between Will and Jem once again. Yet the scenes that we find them in are hotter, more Ahem modern and quite well sexy. Can I just say how lucky Tessa is to be caught between two wonderful guys? I mean really, of these guys were real, they’d definitely be keepers.
I also love the time period that Cassandra Claere set the book in. The time where women are revered and classy, and men are gentleman, gracious and well-mannered. It’s romantic even to have the man pursue the woman and have chaperoned dates, and ask the father for their permission.