By Cassandra Clare
Published by Margret K McElderry books
What its about:
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.
What I thought:
I had a really hard time getting into this book in the beginning. By the end however I was totally enthralled. I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen to Will and Tessa. I felt like this book had what I like to call a 'mean' ending, in other words a total cliff hanger ending. The other thing that was hard for me in the start was how long the chapters are. I like shorter chapters when I read, but by the end I didn't want to put the book down and didn't notice the length of the chapters anymore.
I loved how much the characters grew in this book. Watching Tessa learn who she was and then find that she can still live with it, made her really pop off the pages and into real life. All of the characters really come to life and you feel for them all. You start to see Will look into himself in the end and I can't wait to see how his character develops.
It was easy to picture the settings in this book. It truly felt like I was really there, which I love, I read to escape and it was like going on vacation to London in the 1800's!
I think this is going to be very strong and fantastic series. I have a hard time waiting and I thought this was a great start for the series over all I give this book: