Series: The Infernal Devices #2
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa's powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister's war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will; the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?
As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.
Wow. That is all I can say about this book. At first, I did not want to read it because I was scared of it ending with a big cliffhanger & then making me wait a year for book #3. I read the first book a long time ago and I barely remember that! I figured maybe I can wait until it gets closer to release date of book #3 so I'll be happier, but I couldn't wait. I kept reading reviews about it so I gave in.
The book started out a bit slow because I was still trying to remember everything from the first book. You do become more and more fascinated about Tessa as the story unfolds. And Will, oh Will, he's as lovely as ever. I'm Team Will if you didn't know. I adore Jem, but Will has my heart. It's obvious this is a love triangle story.
Throughout the story, they're trying to figure more about Mortmain and they run into all these new facts and obstacles. While all that is happening, the friendship between Jem and Tessa blooms, but I do think that's only because he's her rebound. Will rejected her, she needs a shoulder, and Jem's "the nice guy". He ends up falling for her, Will's always been in love with her, but he can't commit. So yeah... ball-busting situation. Who does she end up with?! Who does she choose?! This is determined at the end of the book., but I can't help thinking that it's not really the end. After all, it's just book #2. We still have another whole book to get through so she could still change her mind for some reason. Things can happen, people can die/live/redeem themselves. Who knows?!
I accidentally read a "small" spoiler when I was about 70% done and I was a bit angry and heartbroken because I knew how it would end. I kept wishing it would end one way, but I knew it wouldn't because, again, she needs it to end a certain way in this book so more drama can unfold in book #3.
Ooh, talk about teen angst and love drama. Tessa is a mature, likeable character though so it's not eye-rolling inducing teen angst drama, but rather a lovely book that you can enjoy. I do like this a bit more than the Mortal Instrument series. You can really see how this comes before that series. Everything is unfolding pretty nicely. This book, towards the end, really got my blood flowing. Ack.
Anyways, if you're interested in getting this, dying for it, or just plain curious - get the damn book :0) Cassandra Clare is a great author and writer. She is popular for a reason - no pretentious hype there. So, get the book, devour it, and tell me what you think! Agree with me or are you Team Jem?! (I do adore Jem. Hell, he's half Chinese; I love Asians! I'm a bit biased about Asians, LOL, but whatever. I do adore him. I just love Will.)