In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting rouge 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 handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jam, Tessa soon 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 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?
I’m honestly so over this series. I don’t love these characters like everyone else seems to. I’m over them. I just want them to catch Mortmain already. Will is annoying. I don’t feel bad for him. I get why he acts the way he does and then 180s that behavior after he learns the big twist. I also don’t love Tessa and Jem together. I don’t remember who said it, but Jem starts as a soft boy and ends as a soft boy. He’s not developing already. His whole story arc is that he’s addicted to drugs. I just don’t love it.
Much like The Mortal Instruments, I totally am finishing this series for the side characters. I’m obsessed with Charlotte and Henry and I LOVED the bit of news we got at the end of this book. I love their relationship and that they both seem to think the other doesn’t return their feelings. They’re definitely my favorite part of this series.
I also love Sophie. She’s sassy without stepping over the line of what’s appropriate and what isn’t. And then there’s the Lightwood boys. Gabriel and Gideon are rude and ridiculous and it wouldn’t be the same without them. They add the best kind of conflict in the sense that I love to hate them.
I still hate Jessamine. I’m not a huge fan of this time period in general. I also hate automatons. They’re freaky and I hate robots.
Overall, I like this series because I am forever trash for Shadowhunters, I’m invested in the story just for the fact that I love Jem in the later books. I have read this series before, but I remember liking them so much more.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.