By Cassandra Clare
Dec. 6, 2011
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 528 pages
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.
— Amazon.com description
You may have seen my post last week about “The Problem with Trilogies.” I’ll sum it up like this: If only I could stop myself from reading book 2 in a series until the third book was out, I’d save myself from loads of heartache.
Because book 2 always ruins everything. It takes your hopes and dreams and turns them upside down and shocks and sends you into DESPAIR. But it sort of has to happen, no? Because if everything you wanted to happen went down in book 3, what would happen to in book 3? Exactly.
Anyway, it’s all moot, because Cassie Clare is just so damn good, I couldn’t wait if I tried. When her books come out, it’s like a whisper starts up in the back of my brain, building up to a yell: “MUST. READ. NOWWWWW.” And then I can’t eat or sleep or breathe till I finish it.
Anyway…so clearly, as I just said, this book sent me into despair. I’m not going to spoil you and ruin it but OMG I am so upset. But yet I loved it. It makes no sense. I’m aware of that. I’m a complicated woman.
I’m also aware this review pretty much told you nothing, but let me just say this: Read this series. Wait if you’re more fragile than I am. TEAM WILL FOREVER. The end.