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.
Pre-Read: I wanted to read the prequel first I know weird
- I Like the dark sisters they don’t seem like your normal bad guys so far.(02/10/2013)
- I Love the Quotes at the beginning of all the chapters. (02/11/2013)
- I love Jem he is like the sweetest person.(02/12/2013)
- Ok I love Will now to ah I don’t know if I’m team Will or Jem (02/13/2013)
- I am team Jem again lol (02/13/2013)
Overall Thoughts: This is my first time reading a book by Cassandra Clare and all i can say is wow. It was amazing. I can’t decided if i love Will or Jem more. It a great story you get to see the growth of Tessa from being a sacred girl to be coming a brave warrior. She learns what the world is really like when your on your own. This is a great story because it has everything romance, action, a little bit of comedy. It is a wonderfully written story. I love how each of the characters is so different you range from generous to just plan greedy. Then there’s the fact that you think you’ve got it all figured out then out of nowhere your back to wondering whats going on. I enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series and can’t wait for the third book to be out!
I really think if you have a chance to buy this book or borrow it from your local library you should. I believe its worth reading,
Rating: I give it a 5 out of 5
Published:August 31, 2010
Publisher:Margaret K. McElderry Books
Age Group: 14& up
Quote(s) I Love:
- ” ‘ One must always be of books,’ said Tessa, ‘ and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.’ ” p.87
- ” ‘ Only the weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry,” said Tessa …..” p. 87
- ” ‘ There’s plenty of sense in nonsense sometimes, if you wish to look for it.’ ” p.88
- ” ‘ Pulvis et umbra sumus. It’s a line from Horace. ‘we are dust and shadows.’ Appropriate, don’t you think?” p.90
- ” ‘It’s not a long life, killing demons; one tends to die young, and then they bur your body-dust to dust, in the literal sense. And then we vanish into the shadows of history, nary a mark on the page of a mundane book to remind the world that once we existed at all,’ ” p. 90-91
- “………..that amusement that didn’t seem to pass beyond the surface of his features, as if he found everything in the world both infinitely funny and infinitely tragic all st the same time.” P. 91
- ” ‘I’ve never seen anyone get so excited over books before. You’d think they were diamonds.’ ” p.94
- “He didn’t understand what books meant to her, that books were symbols of truth and meaning, that this one acknowledged that she existed and that there were other like her in the world.” p. 97-98
- ” ‘Inanimate objects are harmless indeed, Mr. Mortmain. But one cannot always say the same of the men who use them.’ ” p.150
- ” ‘ Some people value sentiment over diamonds…'” p.171
- ” ‘ I believe in good and evil,’ said Jem. ‘ And I believe the soul is eternal. But i don’t believe in the fiery pit, the pitchforks, or endless torment. I don’t believe you can threaten people into goodness.’ ” p.175
- ” ‘I value my existence as much as you do, shadowhunter,’ said Lady Belcourt, narrowing her eyes. ‘ A lesson you would do well to learn. It could hardly hurt the Nephilim to cease thinking that all those who do not live exactly as they do must therefore not truly live.’ ” P.182
- ” ‘ Whatever you are physically,’. He said, ‘ male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy – all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. Whatever the color, the shape, the design of shade that conceals it! The flame inside the lamp remains the same. You are that flame.'” P.283
- ” ‘Sometimes,’ Jem said, ‘ our lives can change so fast that the change outpaces our minds and hearts. It’s those times i think, when our lives have altered – that is when we feel the great pain.’ ” p.308
- ” ‘ I think he did,’said Jem, ‘ and does love you in his own way, but you cannot concern yourself with that. It is a great thing to love and bE loves. Love is not something that can be wasted.’ ” P.470
- ” ‘… I know you feel inhuman, and as if you are set apart, away from life and love, but…’ …..’ I promise you, the right man won’t care.’ ” P.472