Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Page Count: 476 pages
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters 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 Shadowhunters, 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.
Cassandra Clare is my addiction.
The details and descriptive writing with everything is absolutely amazing. Clare does an excellent job explaining the history and background of the Shadowhunters and actually reading their history. I loved how it was set in Victorian London instead of the present New York setting and back in the 1800s. Being a huge fan of The Mortal Instruments, I adored the fact that these are TMI's ancestors and lets not forget, we also have some Magnus Bane!
So we got these three main characters, Tessa, Will, and Jem. Tessa being kidnapped by the Dark Sisters, she realizes she's a Downworlder and now tangled with this secret about Shadowhunters, demons, and so on. Kinda sounds like Clary minus the Downworlder thing. Along the way trying to find her brother, she's starting to care about Will and Jem at the same time and that's where the plot thickens.
This is an easy, exciting, and very entertaining book. I loved this from the start and I am obsessed with Cassandra Clare's books since the beginning.
I don't know which is better, TMI or TID. Either way I very enjoyed this and go pick it up.