Author: Cassandra Clare
Published: December 6th, 2011
Genre: YA fantasy
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 power 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, but 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.
** SPOILERS ARE TOO BE EXPECTED IN THIS REVIEW**
If you haven't checked out my review of the first book, please click here!
We start off where we left off in the last book: Will asking Magnus for a favor. And at that point we had no idea what he had asked of Magnus, but in the second book we find out what Will's been hiding from us this entire time. We are already familiarized with Will's personality, which is cruel, moody and rude at times. But we also see his compassionate side for Tessa in book two. The clock begins to tick as Charlotte and the rest of the inhabitants of the London Institute are tasked with finding the Magister in a matter of days. Failure to accomplish this task could end up with Charlotte no longer the head of the Institute and that means chaos for all, including Tessa!
Now the reason I believe this book was better than the first is because it's just so much more intense. The romance heats up, as the book starts to develop the love triangle between Tessa, Will and Jem. She is forced to choose between two best friends, who are parabatai (blood brothers). They are sworn to protect each other under any circumstance. Soon after, Jem proposes to Tessa while confessing his undying love for her. How can Will tell Jem that he's also in love with Tessa without breaking his heart? And who will Tessa end up with forever?
Sophie, the maid servant, was indeed one of my favorite characters throughout the book. Although she represented something as insignificant as a servant, her presence played a huge role in the output of the book. I really saw her progress from the last book, showing more compassion and her ability to love. She is wise, and not only to herself but to Tessa.
We have more even more betrayals! Yes, there was an immense amount of betrayal from Jessamine and Benedict Lightwood. I'm not gonna say I was surprised bccause, well I wasn't. To sum up The Infernal Devices series so far, it's a one way, fast-paced, action-packed, fantasy read that I've had the pleasure of reading. I find it really interesting that I could be so immersed in such a foreign world. ok you could say I'm obsessed with anything Shadowhunter. I purchased a stele and the Shadowhunter's Codex from Amazon. I'm so hyped to read the final book in the series and possibly move onto The Mortal Instruments series. Thanks again for reading this review!
I just couldn't help making an Angelic Rune necklace out of polymer clay: