by Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: December 6th 2011
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books
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.
Is it me or is it the fact that this book is just so remarkable that I somehow can’t get it off my mind?
I have waited for over a year to get myself the second book of The Infernal Devices and I am most delightful to tell you that it was certainly worth the wait! Cassandra Clare had once again swept her readers’ minds into the mysterious world of shadow hunters in the fancy setting of London without a hint of failure. The author did a very good job in creating the storyline with events in which one could never guess that they could even possibly be formed. She’s clever that she was able to find that certain factor the readers would want to read and somehow concealed it in between the surprising twists. She perfectly balanced mystery and romance together, and her words were able to continue to build up the characters with more sense in their individualities, and tangled them creatively to form various shades of scenes sprinkled with humour.
Speaking of characters, ofcourse there is William Herondale, the beautiful and arrogant Will whom our lady protagonist, Tessa has been avoiding ever since their encounter on the attic (on the first book). In this series you’d be able to know the reason behind his over-cockiness as he tells it to Magnus--who is realizing Will’s real deal towards Tessa and is now developing likeness towards pretty blue-eyed guys. *wink, wink*
“This is about Tessa. I knew it was."
Will flushed, a wash of color across the pallor of this face. "Not just her."
"But you love her."
Will stared at him.
Then there’s Tessa, who is still baffled with Will’s shifting actions but is beginning to have more-than-friends-feelings with Jem.
“Will has always been the brighter burning star, the one to catch attention — but Jem is a steady flame, unwavering and honest. He could make you happy.”
And Jem, who was oblivious with his parabatai’s desire toward Tessa is earning points for being an affectionate gentleman with her.(Even during institute meetings where everybody is discussing about the run-away villain, Mortmain--who is currently having an obvious puppet in the Clave, and the puppet also having a spy in the very walls of the London Insitute.)
“Say something in Mandarin,” said Tessa, with a smile.
“Ni hen piaoliang.”
“What did you say?” Tessa was curious.
“I said your hair is coming undone — here,” he said, and reached out and tucked an escaping curl back behind her ear.
The preceding few pages of the book were like events from a good movie at its peak; exciting and surprising and definitely swoon-worthy! Especially at the very last part when….well, im not gonna tell you. I say you go to the nearest bookstore and grab a copy of this book now! ;)
here's a sneak peek of will and tessa's dirty sexy balcony scene!
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"Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiancé and their two cats in Massachusetts."