This series had a lot of things I like in a book: historical setting in Paris, old buildings, including an old church and bookstore, gargoyles, demons..Show More », angels, romance, fighting, murders, mystery. I can see why it's compared to the Mortal Instruments in a way because it has some similar elements. It is enjoyable, but not as good as Mortal Instruments. It's just not as fully developed.
The series follows three siblings as they become involved in the supernatural world. They become involved with the alliance (a group who fights demons), gargoyles (humans who transform into gargoyles to protect their assigned humans), and various other groups who are all interested in angels/demons. They live in an old church that their mother is transforming into a gallery, and it has an opening that leads to the underworld.
We hear the story from multiple viewpoints, switching between each sibling, the gargoyles, and others along the way. This was different for me because I am used to reading a book from the main character's point of view and sometimes seeing myself as that person. Here you're constantly switching between people. There are multiple romances and friendships forming throughout the series.
My favorite characters were Ingrid and Luc, with Luc being the favorite. I saw another reviewer say he's a jerk, but I disagree, especially if you stick with the whole series. He is standoffish in the beginning to protect people, but he's a good guy who does the right thing. The younger sister is a bit immature, but grows up in later books. The brother doesn't get much time in this book, but you see more of him later.
If you like this first book even mildly, I suggest you stick with the series because I think it gets better as it goes. Narrator is good too.
I enjoyed the series, and this was a satisfying conclusion that wrapped up the conflicts and relationships. There was some logic presented in the stor..Show More »y that didn't make sense, but I'm willing to suspend disbelief for a fantasy novel and just enjoy the story. Was happy with the ending. I would enjoy seeing more of what happened after things got resolved.