One Sentence Review: Cassandra Clare will blow you away in this beautiful, emotional story of the best love triangle in the history of love triangles, and introduce characters that will forever stay in your heart.
In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them.... (Summary from Amazon).
There is something truly magical about the world Cassandra Clare builds, something I believe is sacred and pure and wonderfully sinful. Maybe it's her descriptive writing, how every word curls in your mind and through the mist of your imagination forms the breathtaking scenery and atmosphere of the novel. Or perhaps it's her characters, the shape of them brought effortlessly to life off the pages, becoming a breathing, living part of your heart. Maybe it's the story, the heart stopping, roller coaster ride that sweeps you off your feet right from the start, forever entangling you in these wildly inspiring tales.
I had read the Mortal Instruments (which I strongly recommend reading if you haven't already) before this, so I was hesitant to read the Infernal Devices, in case it disappointed me, or outshined the beloved, aforementioned series. As the story unfolded, I was immediately hooked, and all my worries and doubts melted away when I realized how tied together both series were, that it felt like I was just filling in the missing puzzle pieces for this epic story of Lightwood’s, Herondale’s, Fairchild’s, and Morgenstern's. Not only that, but the characters, hearing them, seeing them, feeling their emotions mirrored in my own heart, I was rendered speechless. This is such a moving, emotional story about the most amazing, beautifully dysfunctional love triangle that ever existed, and that couldn't be more perfect. I really recommend reading the Infernal Devices, and all of her books, because Cassandra Clare is one of the greatest storytellers ever, and I promise you won't regret it.
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