By Cassandra Clare
Editions: audiobook, ebook, hardcover, paperback
Published August 31st 2010 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: YA Steampunk
Source: borrowed copy
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.
~ Goodreads Blurb
World Building: Amazing! Nothing beats a London setting, and the mix of elements here was just brilliant. Loved everything, the creatures, the magic, the steampunk elements, it was amazing.
Characters: Brilliant work, Tessa, Will, Jem – they were all just brilliant. Super charismatic, unique voices, strong characters and development, they made sense through and through. Brilliant work with the rest of them too, the Magister twist was genius and all other characters were at least interesting if not fascinating.
Plot: Beautifully spun and superbly paced, and it’s rare for me to feel that way. All elements were woven together with grace and great skill, the action, the romantic tension, the character development, everything was superbly done for me. This is like the golden formula of beautiful reading for me.
Writing: Genius, I loved it with great and bubbly passion. Beautiful steampunk-mode style, the characters had the impressive language they ought to have in the setting, great references. Just superb.
Curb Appeal: Smashing! Just look at that cover, you want to grab it and make a poster of it and put it all over your walls, admit it. 😀
Though I’m tempted to do a full review, I’m the middle of a read-a-thon here so I did the quick review instead. Read this, you’ll love it! It’s freaking brilliant!!
I had an ebook copy of this, but at the last minute I found out a friend of mine had a hardcover version of it, so I borrowed her copy to read it instead of my ebook.
Read it? Loved it, or not so much? And as Eileen asked me on Twitter, are you Team Will or Team Jem? xD