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Synopsis:

“In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.”

Review:

This series is getting better and better with each book.

Like I said when I did my review for Clockwork Angel (which you can find here), I have been enjoying this series SO much more than I have with The Mortal Instruments series. I like all of the aspects that are included in this series better. The characters. The romance. The plot. Everything is done so much better in this series.

I’m still having problems with Tessa as a main character but my enjoyment of her as a character has gone up a ton since the first book. I still feel like that she needs to be more independent but, like I said, she has gotten a lot better.

I must say that I still love Will and Jem the best as far as any of the character. I just LOVE them. I still think that Will is my favorite character in this series but I’m also starting to enjoy Jem more and more. All of the side characters in this series are done very well and I could read a whole book just all about them and I would be very happy.

As far as the romance, I don’t have a definite team on who I want Tessa to end up with. I said this when I reviewed Clockwork Angel and I will say it again, I would be happy with whoever she ends up with. I will say that I was routing for Will for the majority of this book (and most of the first book as well) but as the course of the book went on, my opinion varied. I kind of switched off on Will and Jem. The only reason that happened was because I felt that the romance that formed between Jem and Tessa felt a little forced. And then the engagement at the end of the book happened OMG. I don’t know if I like them together but I will find out in the next book.

As far as the plot, I still think that it was the strongest part of this book. Once again, there was a ton of plot twists that I hadn’t seen coming (especially when it came to Will’s background and how he grew up). Lots of great actions scenes. Just a action-packed, page-turning plot overall. This author has impressed me with an amazing plot in all of her books that I have read so far. It’s the one thing that keeps me interested in all of her books.

Overall, this was a great sequel. Going into this book I had a lot of mixed feelings just do to how much I enjoyed the first book. I am happy to say that I enjoyed just as much as I did the first book and I’m really excited to see how the story wraps up in the next book.

RATING: 4/5

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