When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray arrives in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural fold stalk the gaslit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by - and torn between - two best friends and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all. Also don’t miss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, in cinemas August 2013! Follow /TheMortalInstrumentsUK on facebook or @InstrumentsUK on twitter for movie news.
This first book in Clare's Infernal Device series, a prequel to her bestselling Mortal Instruments books, opens as Tessa's pleasant life in 1878 New York is coming to an end when her guardian aunt dies. Upon her arrival in London, where her brother lives, Tessa is kidnapped by the Dark Sisters, who force her to learn to use a rare power shape-shifting she didn't know she had. Her rescue by a young man named Will leads her to the Shadowhunters Nephilim descended from humans and angels who enforce the magical Accords against demons and other creatures. Tessa gets caught between the various players seeking to use her amid a plot to conquer Britain. The events often read as bleakly as the Victorian London weather, punctuated by Clare's trademark humor, empathy, and authentic characters, who fight their own flaws and tragic pasts as often as they do evil. Mysteries, misdirection, and riddles abound, and while there are some gruesome moments, they never feel gratuitous. Fans of the Mortal Instruments series and newcomers alike won't be disappointed. Ages 14 up. \n
Favourite Book Series
I honestly could not recommend this book series more. The characters that CC has produced are both likeable and each have their own secrets. The only fault I can possibly come up with is that the plot seems a little shaky at times, although the general writing makes up for it. Will and Jem are lovably and Tessa is the heroine you can relate to. The thing that makes the whole love triangle better than most is that the two boys also love each other (like brothers). Please, please give the series a go- I would recommend that you perhaps read the Infernal Devices before the Mortal Instruments because then you see all the clever little references to the prequel series in TMI. "We are dust and shadows"
This book deserves 5 stars from me for one very big reason... I could NOT stop reading!! I could not wait to get the second book and it had me hooked just like the mortal instruments also!! I love Cassy Claire xx
I love these books so much, and her other series city of bones etc. is brilliant too! These books are the prequels to the city of bones books, (really good books) - i highly recomend this for romance lovers