Author: Cassandra Clare
Publishing Company: Simon & Schuster
Series: The Infernal Devices
Other Books in the Series: Clockwork Prince (Book 2, not yet out), Clockwork Princess (Book 3, no title)
Book Number: One
Rating: 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5
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.
Wow. Just wow. Once again, Cassandra Clare delivers. City of Glass had a super perfect ending to it, and I felt that instead of dumping everything on us in the end, she played everything out. In this book, it's the first one, but all the clues, the parts, connected and fit like a rug.
I need to start with the cover first, because I absolutely need to discuss this! At first, I didn't know who it was, but I think they're the (SPOILER ALERT!) automatons. (SPOILER ENDED!) He also looks sort of like Will. But, I know for a fact that the person in the front of the Clockwork Prince is Jem. He has the cane and everything, so who can argue with that? He even has the cool silver hair. So that's why I was led to believe that this cover was Will.
The details. Once again, Cassie delivers with figurative language, detailed...details (for lack of a better word) and the layout of the story was ingenious. Everything she wrote built up and up and up until that one moment in the end. Not one detail was wasted, and everything was meaningful in some way. If something really stupid happened, it would only because it was meant for something later on.
So in summary, well done! I look forward to the Clockwork Prince, since the Clockwork Angel ended on such a mysterious note. That's what I hate about coming into a series early. You have to wait. If you come into it when it's already ended, you can read everything at your own pace without having to wait months at a time for it to come out, and then when it does come out, you forget everything in the previous one! Tedious, right?