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.
I think that this series has moved up on my list of favorites and is tied, if not ahead, of The Mortal Instruments. And that says a lot. Okay, so let’s start with Jem, Will, and Tessa. I normally am not a huge fan of love triangles, but this series is definitely an exception. Instead of taking away from the story, the love triangle just added even more to the plot. In between all of the action packed scenes, there are fantastic glimpses of romantic scenes between them (I won't say who because this is a spoiler free review).
Next, the suspense, mystery, and action in this book was absolutely phenomenal. There were several plot twists, which I loved. This book was not boring, that's for sure! ;)
Everything about this book was amazing. When I first started this series, my expectations were not very high. I had heard things from the book community, saying that The Infernal Devices was not nearly as good as The Mortal Instruments. I'll just say that this series went above and beyond all of my expectations.
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