Author: Cassandra Clare
Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.
When sixteen-year-old 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, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at 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 saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
I have to be honest- I was really excited to read this book, but then when I read more about it, I was hesitant. I thought, how could all this be in one book and still be good? I usually dislike having supernatural crossover with something like steampunk. But, I was surprised - I loved this book, I could not stop reading it or put it down. I read it cover to cover in one day. It was a book that was thoroughly entertaining the whole way through. It could be that the book I read before this one was the Sadness of Lemon Cake book, which while good, left me feeling a little down and depressed. This book filled me back up with the fun of reading, reading just to enjoy and escape for a bit.
I loved all the characters, especially Will and the eccentric scatterbrained Henry. He was probably my favorite of all. I have not read Clare's Mortal Instruments series, which is something I need to remedy, so I have nothing to compare this work to, but I thought this book was fabulous - Tessa was a strong character, and there are some twists and turns I am looking forward to reading about in the next book - which doesn't come out for months!!!
I loved this book, and for those of my friends who run and listen to books on audio, this has to be the next book you listen to.