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. @goodreads
I can't believe it took me so long to read this book! I loved the world it is set in and all of the characters accept the evil ones. Although, the evil ones were done very nicely indeed!
I'm sure about a million thousand people know the story by now, but I guess I will tell it some more ☺
Tessa Grey comes to London to be with her brother Nate after their Aunt dies. But she is captured by the evil Dark Sisters. They torture her into using a magic she didn't know she had. And then she is saved by Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs. These beautiful boys are Nephilim Warriors or Shadowhunters.
The boys bring her back to the Institute, which generally doesn't let anyone that isn't a shadowhunter live there, but Tessa is something else so it's all good. Tessa meets Charlotte and Henry who run the Institute and a very sweet couple. Henry always got a laugh out of me with his antics.
Henry beamed and patted the burned sleeve of his jacket with a look of satisfaction. "You know what this means?"
Will set the vase down. "That you set yourself on fire and didn't even notice?"
"That the flame-retardant mixture I developed last week works!" Henry said proudly. "This material must have been burning a good ten minutes, and it isn't even half burned through!" He squinted down at his arm. "Perhaps I ought to set the other sleeve on fire and see how long--"
"Henry," said Charlotte, who appeared to have recovered from her shock, "If you set yourself on fire deliberately, I will institute divorce proceedings. Now sit down and eat your supper. And say hello to our guest."
"Wait till you see it!" Henry replied. He held up the object.
Will moved to object, but it was too late; Henry had already pressed the button. There was a blinding flare of light and a whooshing sound, and the room was plunged into blackness. Tessa gave a yelp of surprise, and Jem laughed softly.
"Am I blind?" Will's voice floated out of the darkness, tinged with annoyance. "I'm not going to be at all pleased if you've blinded me, Henry."
I also very much liked the people that worked at the Institute. Thomas, Sophie and Agatha were all very nice people. Oh and there is Jessamine who I reckon is shadowhunter, I kept not really thinking about her as she was a butt head a lot of the time.
Anyway, so this evil dude wants Tessa for her abilities so they all get in this big war over Tessa. This evil dude also have these crazy clockwork people, which made me think of that Dr. Who episode. Yes, my mind wandered! ........ The shadowhunters are also trying to help Tessa get her brother Nate back from the evil dude.
I don't want to go on and on since so many people have already read this trilogy, but I just loved it and I look forward to the next books. I love this world the author has made and I want to see where she is going to take this one! Then on to the Mortal Instruments, although I did read the first one many moons ago but I'm going to start it over and read the whole series. Go me!
I would like to have my own clockwork angel! And I have a crush on Jem! I like Will too.
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