Fantasy literature, Urban fantasy, Young adult fiction
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 word, she finds herself fascinated by – and torn between – two best friends and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
Haych: 8.3 Em: 8.7
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, while her longing for Will continues to unsettle her. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers to who she is and what she was born to do?
Haych: 8.5 Em: 8.9
Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding a net of shadows begin to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.
Haych: 9 Em: 9.3
What a story, I felt drained after reading this series. It managed to make me burst out crying, sadness tearing from me in the dead of night (that hasn’t happened since the ending of Noughts & Crosses). Cassandra Clare is a clever author as each characters develop and show how love is the variable in the decisions they make. You learn to hate and love Tessa as she is the wedge between sexy, snarky Will and handsome, loving Jem but she means them no harm. Like her, I managed to fall in love with both these boys. The other characters all are significant and especially Magnus Bane – you have to love him. I was addicted to the Victorian London setting, I could close my eyes and see myself walking along the River Thames on the cobblestone; the sound of a carriage thundering past. I’m a sucker for historical books with the setting, clothes, language and the chivalry from men *swoon*.
Ohmygaaawd… these books! Damn, it was good. So many ups and downs, it was mad but totally worth it. Both Haych and I love historical shows and books and this being written in Victorian style just made it all the better. As Haych said you can really see yourself in the settings with the amazing descriptions from Cassandra Clare and there isn’t a character that I do not love (apart from ‘The Magister’ I suppose – but then there wouldn’t be a story without him). The love triangle between Tessa and the boys was heartbreaking in every way, I knew who I wanted her with but it doesn’t stop the pain for the other. Originally I thought there were only two books and then I realised there’s a third. Sometimes you think how does a book keep going and it gets a bit rubbish by the second or third one but in this instance the third book was probably the best (the other two were awesome as well though!) If you’re up for a beautifully written Victorian style love and action – this is the series for you.