In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the battle against the dark forces, one battle will forever change the course of history. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the bestselling Mortal Instruments series in the New York Times.
1878 is the year... . In search of her missing brother, Tessa Gray descends into the dark, supernatural underworld of London. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she's attracted to. Soon they get up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret vampire, demon, warlock and human organization. The Club is out to rule the British Empire, equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures and only Tessa and her allies can stop them..
You know," Gabriel said, "there was a time I thought we could be friends, Will." "There was a time I thought I was a ferret," Will said, "but that turned out to be the opium haze. Did you know it had that effect? Because I didn't.
Jem seemed to look through her then, as if he were seeing something beyond her, beyond the corridor, beyond the Institute itself. "Whatever you are physically," he said, "male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy--all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside." He smiled them, seeming to have come back to himself, slightly embarrassed. "That's what I believe.
That was enterprising," Will sounded nearly impressed. Nate smiled. Tess shot him a furious look. "Don't look pleased with yourself. When Will says 'enterprising' he means 'morally deficient.'" "No, I mean enterprising," said Will. "When I mean morally deficient, I say, 'Now, that's something I would have done'.
The lush, melodramatic urban fantasy setting of the Shadowhunter world morphs seamlessly into a steampunk Victorian past, and this new series provides the setup for what will surely be a climactic battle...The tale drags in places, but this crowdpleaser’s tension-filled conclusion ratchets toward a new set of mysteries.
As for the rest of the characters, Jem is just as sweet as pie. Gentle, tender yet so strong and wise - definitely beyond his years. The Lightwoods when we did get to hear from them really annoyed me, rising to the top and seeing themselves as above everyone else or at least more important.
Speaking of steampunk…I worried that this book would feel too different from the Mortal Instruments world that I’m used to. Clare could have easily taken it too far. But I have to say, I was impressed by how well she incorporated the clockwork technology into the world of the London Institute...All in all, I loved this book...