The Blurb: 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.
My Thoughts: I missed you Cassie Clare. It’s been awhile since I read all your books one after the other and then wanted more but had to wait. I don’t know if it’s the book withdrawal talking, but this book was familiar, well written, sexy, and intriguing. You have a way of making things funny, emotional, dramatic and scary all at the same time. I love the tone of the novels you write, how the characters seem to be in their own little world, as though they don’t have an audience.
Well okay, there was that moment when Jem got all hesitant about his looks, and I wondered if he was really asking Tessa or the readers if it was okay that his physique wasn’t up to par, but other than that it was amazing. I suppose in some alternate universe I could imagine Jem asking a question like that, but it seemed out of place. So did the cover, because if I’m not mistaken, Jem has silver hair, and silvery skin. It leads be to believe that it’s really Magnus Bane on the cover, although that’s not what was said in the cover reveal. Something to ask you maybe on the 28th when you’re on Mundie Moms.
Also, you’ve managed to write yourself into a corner so to speak. I’m interested in how the characters are going to work themselves out of this pickle. It’s a rather fascinating love triangle you have going on there. I do have to thank you though for doing love triangles right. I know I’m #TeamWill but we’ll let the fan girls go wild over that argument.
Also, wow on the book trailer. I haven’t made the slightest comment about book trailers and how I think most of them could greatly improve, but yours are always done so well.
Your books always inspire me, and so I’m patiently waiting for May when CoLS hits the shelves and I can devour that too.