I am a huge fan of Cassandra Clare and absolutely fell in love with this series when I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Clockwork Angel. Needless to say, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this next installment in this trilogy, and I was not disappointed.
Tessa Gray has found a home with the Shadowhunters in Victorian London. They've taken her in at the Institute, but she soon finds her new life in jeopardy when members of the Clave want to replace Charlotte.
Unless Charlotte can find the Magister, it looks like they'll succeed. So with the help of Will and Jem, Tessa does what she can to bring Charlotte closer to finding the Magister. Along their journey Will discovers the truth about a secret from his past and Tessa finds her heart pulling toward Jem. The dangers of the clockwork army have only just begun, and they have to find a way to stop them before it's too late.
One of the things that really pulled me in to this prequel series was the fact that it was set in Victorian London. There's something about that time in history that I absolutely love, add the fact that there's Shadowhunters and warlocks and clockwork creatures and I'm all in. The setting alone was enough to really grab my interest.
Then I fell in love with the characters. Tessa Gray is a strong, beautiful girl in a time when women were viewed in a completely different light. Her power as a shapeshifter makes her unique in the downworld, and yet she's still a lady. Will Herondale is very much like our lovely Jace from The Mortal Instruments, only for quite some time he seemed almost unforgivable. It isn't until we learn why he acts the way he does that his flaws make sense. Jem Carstairs is truly a gem. Though he is sick, he is sweet and kind and protective. He is my favorite kind of Shadowhunter. Oh, oh, and Henry and Charlotte Branwell. So flipping adorable!
The search for the Magister and uncovering his plan is a long journey and one that I truly enjoyed throughout this book. There's so much to be uncovered, and being able to do it right along with the characters is half the fun.
My only thing is, and this might be a bit spoilery for anyone who hasn't read this yet, the whole Will/Tessa/Jem triangle. I rooted for Will and Tessa in CA, even when Will acted like a jerk at the end I knew it was for a reason. And I could see why Tessa fell for Jem in this book, who wouldn't. BUT, the fact that Tessa kept having to say to herself in her head that she was engaged to Jem after hearing Will's secret says something, right? There's more there. Or maybe it's wishful thinking.
Anyways, I absolutely recommend this book for anyone who loves fantasy and mystery and a little steampunk all rolled into one. Oh, and don't forget to checkout the next book in The Mortal Instruments series coming out in May, City of Lost Souls!