Blurb (from Goodreads):
Orphan Tessa Gray, sixteen, crosses the ocean from New York to find her brother Nate in Victorian London, her only possession a clockwork angel necklace from her mother. She is ignorant of her power to transform; the Dark sisters are not. They kidnap her for the Magister, who wants to marry Tessa and claim her power.
Shadowhunters, warriors of angel blood, battle demons and keep the peace in the Downworld of vampires, warlocks and other supernaturals. Orphan teen Shadowhunters Jem, Will, and Jess rescue Tessa and agree to help save Nate. Vengeful vampire Lady Camille Belcourt and her current lover, warlock Magnus Bane provide entrée to the Magister's secret Pandemonium Club.
My rating: 4.25 of 5 stars
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
16-year-old Tessa Gray is travelling from New York to London to meet with her only living relative – her brother Nate.
When Tessa arrives in England she is met by two women – the Dark sisters, who claim to have been sent to collect her by Nate.
Soon Tessa realises that instead she is being held prisoner, and is forced to learn a terrible craft – shape-shifting.
Eventually Tessa is rescued from the Dark Sisters, and finds herself living at an institute with people who call themselves ‘Shadow Hunters’. The shadow hunters all seem to have their own problems though, and Tessa has a lot to learn about Will, Jem, and Jessamine.
Why were the Dark Sisters holding Tessa? Who is the Magister? What has become of her brother Nate? And what exactly is Tessa?
This was a great book, and a great companion to the Mortal Instruments series.
Tessa was a bookworm who loved her brother, and did what needed to be done for her family. She was brave and honourable and always did what she felt was right. She was also quietly clever and witty, and managed to talk her way out of a few arguments.
Will was a bit of an odd character, and I’m pretty sure that he was hiding quite a lot of secrets. I’m not really sure what is going on with him, but he is certainly one to watch.
Jessamine came across as quite spoiled and bratty, but I found some of her comments really funny. I totally got why she was trying to not be a shadow hunter though, it can’t be an easy life.
I liked the storyline in this book, although I did think the story could have been compacted a little into a shorter book. I liked that characters were recognisable as ancestors of the characters in the Mortal Instruments series, and liked how the two series tied together.
I thought the idea of the clockwork automatons was quite clever, and liked how the identity of the magister was concealed until quite late in the story. I did guess parts of the plotline, but not all of it, and there were quite a lot of questions still to be answered by the end of the book.
There was a bit of romance in this story, but I think we are being set up for another love triangle!
The ending however was a cliff-hanger. What more could we expect than a cliff-hanger from Cassandra Clare!
Overall; a great start to the series.
8.5 out of 10.