Rating: ***** Suggested Age: 13
Summary: “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.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
I cannot get past how much I absolutely LOVE this book. I like it so much more than the first one (which I liked quite a lot and even rated five stars). I fell in love with the plot and the characters over and over again with every single word that Cassandra Clare wrote. There is a love triangle, but for once I actually found it rather enjoyable to read because while I know who she will end up with (thanks to my dearest friends and The Mortal Instruments), I still don’t completely see the path it will take. The characters Clare writes are so multi-dementional and in-depth, they are never what you see on the outside. I love that more than anything in a book. The plot twists are so extraordinary and totally unexpected. Those are definitely the kind of plot twists I like. When I read the first book I had issues with the era because it was too long ago for my taste, but now I’m beginning to enjoy something that doesn’t take place now. I love the way the characters speak in the book. Their English is very proper and since it takes place in England I can just imagine the British accents (which I have somewhat of an obsession over…). I definitely recommend this series to fans of The Mortal Instruments or fantasy in general.
Note: I hope there are more people out there besides me and my friends who think Tessa needs to be with Jem.