Series: The Infernal Devices #2
Published by Simon & Schuster on December 6, 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Steampunk
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
In this highly anticipated sequel to Clockwork Angel, Cassandra Clare weaves a fantastic story that picks you up and drops you down into the middle of The London Institute as if you never left. Tessa has grown in character and not only is she more confident, but she has become even more amazing as the heroine that I grew to love in Clockwork Angel. Although her powers still confound her, she has grown into them and they are no longer something she fears. Then there is Will. Will, who we all know has a terrible secret, and it is a terrible burden for him, but what is more terrible is that even his secret has a secret. His emotional imprisonment has been so devastating that you want to weep for him. Jem is steady, as always, but I felt as if he gained a lot if depth in this book and I grew much more attached to him as a character. The same can be said about Charlotte and Henry, as well as Sophie.
I loved the way we received new and startling information (finally, the TRUTH about Demon Pox!) while gently learning new things about characters we already loved. With every new thing you learn, you can’t help but fast forward and think about how, several generations later, these decisions might affect a certain group of young Shadowhunters in New York, but I digress. I read many reviews that said the book made them laugh out loud at points, and that is true, but it was also heartbreaking in many ways. More than that, however, was the feeling that you are back among friends. Cassandra Clare’s research and world building is so meticulous and thorough that when I finally put the book down, I was surprised to find myself in modern day Texas and not Victorian England. I can’t really be rational in describing my love for the Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instrument series, but I will say that if you read these books, you will not regret it. These are books that you will pick up over and over again over the years. They should sit on the shelves next to your Harry Potter and Lord Of The Rings. They are books that will only get better over time.