Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #2
Release Date: December 6th, 2011
Number of Pages: 497
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
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, though 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.
Wow. Wow. Wow. I have to issue a warning for this review. It will contain some fangirl excitement, as I’m still unbelievably shaken by this book.
Seriously, Cassandra Clare, I don’t know if I should praise you or completely hate you. HOW CAN YOU TAKE ME ON THAT KIND OF EMOTIONAL ROLLER-COASTER RIDE!!! This book left me speechless at first, freaking out, begging for more… I felt everything a book could make me feel. I’m completely satisfy with what we were offered by Cassandra Clare, which means a lot considering how long I had been waiting for it.
I think this book gave us so much more from the characters. I love Tessa, as she is strong and she tries to take control of her life more than some girl in her position would. She doesn’t simply stay there, waiting for Will to show his affection. He doesn’t seem to feel anything for her. Let’s move on. I liked that. Now, Jem and Will made my heart break. I can’t decide which one I prefer. Jem is so kind, so sweet. He is so much better with Tessa than Will is. Still, we learn so much about Will, and the reasons behind why he acts the way he does. He made my heart break for all he went though. I simply adore him more now than before. Yet, I can’t decide between those two!
Of course, I can’t forget about Magnus Bane. How can one not ADORE him? He is funny and simply amazing. I want more Magnus. MORE! Now, there were also a few really cute moment with Charlotte and Henry, which made my like those characters even more. Finally, I preferred Jessamine in this book than in the first. She may have made some questionable choices in this book, but at least she did something to change her faith. I really liked that about her.
Now, the story really got me addicted. I simply couldn’t put it down. I had to know what would happen next. I did end up reading it until 3am. Cassandra Clare simply has a gift when it comes to making the reader go through every kind of emotions possible. It was amazing. I loved it. I’m already dying for the sequel. If you haven’t read this series yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!!! Cassandra Clare never ceases to amaze me. She is an incredible author.