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 folk 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.
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publication Details: 31st August 2010 by Margaret K. McElderry
Main Genre: Fantasy
Recommended Age: 13+
I was quite excited to start this book as soon as I got it because I have read a book by this author before and absolutely loved it! It did not disappoint, not one itty little bit! I loved it all, the plot, the characters, the set up, the situations... everything!
I love how it ties in with The Mortal Instruments series - it's really cool that way! I don't want to say too much but... we get to know where Church the cat came from in this book! I was a little scared at first that because it was set back in the 19th century that the language used in this book would be so old-fashioned I wouldn't be able to understand it but, luckily, it wasn't! Well you could tell that it was in the past but it was easy to understand. While on the writing side of things, Clare has a great writing style!
All the characters are very well-developed and instantly distinctive - in a good way! Tessa is loyal, kind, determined and a strong heroine, she's perfect for the role. Now, ahhh, a love triangle! I hate and love them at the same time! I like both Will and Jem but... I am more in favour of Will! Since this is the first book, the love triangle didn't really occur that much but I can tell it's going to be a big part in the second book. Jem is so kind, unbelievably lovely and so incredibly nice to Tessa that I feel bad but I just love characters like Will. Will's brave, strong and secretive. He's putting on an act and I really want Tessa to see through it and to the real him in the next book. I am so annoyed at him for what he did at the end though!
Expect some twists in this novel! Oh and the ending... Such a cliffhanger! I need Clockwork Prince right now! So yeah, how much did I love this book? Just buy and experience this book for yourself and you'll see where I'm coming from!