By Cassandra Clare
So…my Shadowhunter world marathon has failed. I plan to read TMI and TID series in nine day…but I stop at Clockwork Angel, and left half of it at Taiwan till I come back for New York. So now…when should you actually read The Infernal Devices? What’s the best timing? Well…since it’s the prequel to The Mortal Instruments series, it won’t hurt to read first at all. But you’ll be a bit confused at the end of Clockwork Princess. To read after finishing The Mortal Instruments series? That’ll also do…just confused with “Tessa” and “Brother Zachariah.” Oh wait! No!!! You won’t be confuse about them even you didn’t read The Infernal Devices!!! What about following the Cassandra Clare’s publish number? Well…that will be the perfect timing. Why? Because she’d already finished publishing both of the series. So…I guess no matter which way you read doesn’t matter at all!!! Just enjoy the story!!! (So you must think this large paragraph insane…I’m just getting you inside the story!!!)
When Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks, and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, who members of a secret organized are called the Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power of transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the club, will stop nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm’s length…everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between her brother and helping her new friends save the world…and that love may be the most dangerous of all.
Am I the only one who didn’t find any romance between Tessa and Jem? I know this is a love triangle series…but at least in the first one…I don’t think I feel anything sparkle between Tessa and Jem…or perhaps it does? Just that I didn’t notice? I don’t know, at least I’m sure that Tessa care for Will. Will…one of the number one fictional boyfriends out there, right? Let’s see what gets you.
So…it’s hard for me to tell about this book….since I’m now almost finish with the series. But it’s definitely a great series!!! Yes, Tessa is an ordinary girl about to discover her identity…but no, it’s totally different from the TMI series. Tessa isn’t a Shadowhunter…not exactly, so the first part of Clockwork Angel focus on Tessa’s ability…and then the Shadowhunters came!!!
And you might ask…why did I give it merely four stars if it’s so great? Well…I need to save one star for the last book in this series!!! The only thing I complain is the same with The Mortal Instruments series is that both the paragraph and the story line are too long. I love big books, enormous books. It gives us much more development toward characters and the plots. However, Clockwork Angel does great on Tessa’s development…but the story line somehow too long, and it might cause a bit…laziness to read. You need some time to get into the book to keep on reading the entire series, but once you’ve pass the “development” part…you can no longer put down the book, it’s simply so wonderful and exciting.
I must say, The Infernal Devices is a perfect series for dark story lovers, especially Clockwork Angel. The entire book seems to be surrounded by dark mist. If The Mortal Instruments is light, than The Infernal Devices is definitely dark.
Now…light up your torches and walk into the dark story of Clockwork Angel!
I give you—torch Hades!!!
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