Release Date: August 31, 2010
Pages: Hardcover (478 pgs)
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Author Website: http://www.cassandraclare.com/
Overall Rating: (5 out of 5 stars)
Description: 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.
Review: All I can say is this book was amazing! This book made me laugh one moment, and almost made me cry the next from sadness, and the love story.
I fell in love with the main character Tessa. She has a child like presence about her, but she is not naive. She didn't think she was a strong person, but she did not give herself enough credit. This series was based in 1878. The women in that time are to get married, and children, and cater to their husbands. I enjoyed reading about Tessa because she was not one of those women.
If you have read Cassandra Clare's other series The Mortal Instruments, you will notice that Will reminds you a lot like Jace. Will has a lot of witty commentary throughout the book, and he has an I don't care attitude. There is more to Will's story that is not revealed in this book, and I cant wait to find out what it is.
Jem is such a sweetheart, and so warm, and he cares for everyone regardless of who they are. Jem also has a very interesting story of his own, and it was very sad to read. I love the connection that Jem and Tessa have. I hope it blossoms in the next book.
Overall, it was a great book. I'm very excited about this series, and cant wait for Clockwork Prince to come out. This book ended with a great cliffhanger, and I need to know what happens next.