by Cassandra Clare
(The Infernal Devices, #1)
Pages: 481 // Published: August 31, 2010 // Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
My Rating: ★★★
Summary as Provided by Publisher
Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still. Discover the riveting first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
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.
Oh, Cassandra Clare, maybe it is never meant to be…
I was such a big fan of mortal instruments before it went off the deep end and drank the crazy kool-aid. So after some nudging I decided to try Cassandra Clare again with the Infernal Devices.
Overall I did enjoy the book. However, some parts did trigger some heavy eye rolling so I guess that is why I give a 3 instead of 4.
I definitely was fond of the main character, Tessa, and I actually think her ability is pretty kick ass. Comparing Tessa to Clary, I much preferred Tessa, she was mature and refined. Although at times unsure of herself, she really dug deep and kicked some butt. I really hope she takes this ability and makes it amazing. I know she wants to be normal, but why?
I enjoyed the overall plot of trying to find her brother and discovering a deeper story, all within the shadow hunters-verse. I just think I might be getting tired of the “we shouldn’t be together” or the push and pull relationships. I am also not fond of a possible love triangle when clearly she wants the guy not good for her. If you love for that type of romances, then this book is up your alley. Maybe I’m getting old now…. *shakes her cane*…
Also, guessing since it is set in the Victorian era, there were some heavy gender tones. Which don’t get me wrong I totally understand why – I just found them too in your face. Like how dare a lady wear pants! I found it more annoying than expected and I don’t know if that was the goal of the author.
This book is a huge fan favourite, and Cassandra Clare will always have a following. I understand why, but maybe after reading newer fantasy series, it was tough not to compare this one. I do recommend this if you’ve already dipped your foot in the mortal instrument world. I think you would definitely appreciate this story. If you’re new to YA fantasy, I would definitely recommend other series.
“Jessamine recoiled from the paper as if it were a snake. “A lady does not read the newspaper. The society pages, perhaps, or the theater news. Not this filth.”
“But you are not a lady, Jessamine—,” Charlotte began.
“Dear me,” said Will. “Such harsh truths so early in the morning cannot be good for the digestion.”
For those you have read the story and loved it, does it get better? Should I keep reading?