- Page Count: 502
- Release Date: December 6, 2011
- My Rating: 3.5 stars
Goodreads book description:
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 is definitely my favorite Cassandra Clare book I’ve read so far. I kind of wish I had read these books before TMI because they’re way more interesting!
I absolutely love this time period! I was a little annoyed in Clockwork Angel because Jessamine irritated me and Will reminded me so much of Jace (and everyone knows how much I couldn’t stand that guy), but that mostly stopped in this book. BUT Will still did that whole “I love you but I have to act like a jerk and push you away because of reasons” thing that gets super old.
I’m not the biggest fan of Cassandra Clare’s writing… there’s just a lot of filler and her stories tend to drag. But I still loved the characters, setting, and time period! I JUST LOVE JEM SO MUCH. He and his violin are so completely precious.
But oh my goodness I cannot stand the way this particular love triangle is being carried out at the moment. I took off a full star just out of sheer annoyance at that. It was ok and emotional at first, but when Tessa kept stringing these guys along and kissing the other one every other scene I started to get super exasperated. If she would actually take action instead of letting everything happen to her, I’d like her more.
So it was kind of slow overall, but I do love Jem and Will and Sophie! It was fun to see Magnus again too. This book reminded me a lot of The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman, so I’m throwing that out there as a recommendation!