Received: Purchased own copy
Release Date: December 6, 2011
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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.
This book was an amazing follow to Clockwork Angel (check out my review here). I found that so much more happened throughout this one. Though I found this one did not have much action, like the first one did, I still found myself hooked from the first page, and loving it more than the first one (did not think that would be possible).
The one thing that I really enjoyed was that we got to learn a lot more about Will and his family. I was able to feel more for Will after learning everything he went through. It was exactly what I was hoping for, getting underneath Will and understanding why he is the way he is, and after reading this book I fell in love with him all that much more!
I have to say I have not been a fan of love triangles lately (too many books are using this plot line and it has just been overdone). With that said, I love the triangle that Cassandra Clare sets up in these books. Some of the scenes in this book I was just sitting there open mouthed like did that really happen?! And the ending of this book! I have never wanted to throw a book against a wall so badly in awhile (which is a good thing). I love when books get my emotions all over the place.
Reading the description about the one of their own betraying them I was flabbergasted and needed to read it to find out exactly what was meant by that, I had ideas but Cassandra definitely threw me for a bit of loop still and I loved what actually happens!
I also loved how Cassandra ended this book that will definitely bring you back for the last instalment in this trilogy to find out what happens next.
*SIDENOTE I think when I'm done with these I may have to pick up her Mortal Instruments series to see if they are as good. If you've read them please let me know what you think!
Rating: 5 out of 5 comfy couches!