Rating: 5 stars
“In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…”
Tessa Gray grew up in New York City with her Aunt and brother Nate. Nate moves to London for work and sends for Tessa after their Aunt dies. When Tessa arrives in London she expects to be greeted by Nate, but instead the Dark Sisters are waiting for her, as per instructions by her brother. Instead of a happy family reunion, Tessa finds herself abducted into a dark and sinister world where she is forced to confront and learn powers she never knew she had.
Tessa is rescued by the Shadowhunters, a group of supernatural people who protect society from demons and other supernatural beings. Humans, or Mundanes, are unaware of their existence. They try to help Tessa discover and understand who she is as well as help her to find her brother. This is no easy task. In order to find him they have to uncover and defeat the Magister, a very powerful being in this magical world whose identity is a mystery. All they know is that he wants Tessa and her mysterious powers for himself. The Shadowhunters need to enlist the aid of some Downworlders, a person who is part supernatural in origin like vampires, werewolves, faeries and warlocks.
Throw in some romantic entanglements and this book was a wonderfully fun ride! I loved the world Cassandra Clare created. The Victorian England setting made for a very atmospheric background for this story. I loved the characters and plot twists. It was an easy read that I could not put down. It was so much fun and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.