Finally, finally, finally. I picked up this book and finished it! I’ve been meaning to read another one of Clare’s novels for a while now and just now got around to reading it! So without further ado…
“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…” – Goodreads
All in all, I enjoyed this book. I feel like I fall safely in the middle between loving it and just meh… I did truly enjoy this book!
I actually really enjoyed Clare’s writing in this book. She built a pretty great world and I felt immersed in the setting and scenery of the book. I wanted to live in the Academy, even though holy cow, I would be lost in an instant and I want to see London at night with James Carstairs. That’s right, I’m a Jem-shipper.
Jem’s character was the most interesting to me. From the very beginning of the story I found myself wanting to know more about him. Once I did find out more about him, I just wanted more scenes with him in them because I loved his interactions with all of the other characters. Jem is probably the only reason I have an inclining towards Will…
I know everyone and their moms loves Will and at first I really enjoyed his snark and witty lines, but towards the end of the book I just felt like he was so mopey and childish that I was just annoyed with his character. I feel like he did a complete 180 and changed completely… (even before the unfortunate passing of Thomas and Agatha).
I liked Tessa as a character even though her fatal character flaw of loving her brother no matter what irked the crap out of me. I just don’t get it and I don’t think I ever will understand the complete oversight of a loved one’s detrimental ways… I hated Nate from the very beginning until the very end, there was no pity in my heart whatsoever for him. Tessa without the presence of Nate lines was great! I really loved her as a character and felt that even though she belonged to a time where women were pushed to the background, she made sure to bring herself forward.
I did think that the plot was great and I loved learning about who Tessa was as a Downworlder as well as learning about the Shadowhunter world along with Tessa (since this is only my second Clare book, just behind Lady Midnight).
The plot of the book was definitely not something different to me, but it still felt unique. Tessa’s story made the whole of the book just feel complete. I never felt that the story got dull or boring, but I did think it got pretty predictable over time. Overall, I think Clare did a great job in directing this story through the conflicts and giving us bits and pieces where we only needed bits and pieces.
All in all, I’m pretty confident I’m going to finish this series and see why everyone thinks this is Clare’s best series of all of her writings! Wish me luck.
I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars.