Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.
When 16-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.
©2010 Cassandra Clare (P)2010 Simon & Schuster
I loved being swept away by the images of nineteenth century London fantastically transmogrified into backdrops for chivalric young shadow hunters. There is beauty in combing the nostalgia of the age of Victoria with the good vs. evil of angels waring against devils. History and fantasy intertwined; I am simply captivated and will continue to read the series. I hope the author continues in this time period.
great book! I had put off reading it because I wasn't sure if or how it would compare to the mortal instruments books. I'm sad I waited this long. .. can't wait to jump into the next one!
This was a very different take on a dark fairytale with some prominent characters from the old Penny Dreadfuls. I like the twists and turns this story takes. It was a fun listen.
I actually listened to it twice b/c I kept day dreaming while listening. But would I listen to it twice b/c it was just that good?? Nope.
Good ending. Better than beginning. Took forever to get to the real action. Contemplated getting the 2nd book. Not sure if I will.
I didn't really have a favorite.
I very much enjoyed this trilogy. In fact, I wish the author had not ended the trilogy, but had gone on to tell more stories about the Nephilim. I think there was at least one more story there. If you like stories about shape changers, demon hunters, vampires, werewolves, etc., you will enjoy this trilogy, set in Old England. The characters are well developed. The way I judge a series is this: if I think about it when I am not reading it, and wonder what the characters are going to do next, and review the battle they were just in with my mind, I know it is a good series. This one had me doing that.
I have been with audible long before they had an app for your phone. I no longer have Insomnia... what a blessing!!!
if I see TEEN in the reviews, it would help me to move along. I do believe that the teen group would love these books.... not so much 30 something.
Enjoyable story with fun twists and turns. Imaginative plot and characters. Left me wanting to know more about each character.
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