Reading: March 16, 2019
Resume: Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.
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.
Plot: 3★ Characters: 5★ Writing: 5★
I have bought that book because i was watching Shadowunter on netflix. I discovered that there was more than just those six books about Clary, and since, in chronological order, those were the first ones… then i decided to start with the trilogy.
The first thing i have to say is : damn, that was a good one. When i arrived at the very last page, the first thing i thought was “William Herondale is my new sexual orientation”. I mean. That guy is just so… perfect. How can fictional character be so perfect ? (well, my love for fictional character might be the reason I’m single in real life but, hey ! who needs a real man when ya authors give us our perfect matches inside the pages of a good book ? ) (not me.)
I think the main – and only – weakness of that book is the plot. It was very predictable. In the meantime, the writing was so good, and the characters so perfect than you end up just loving the book, because it’s just the only thing you have to do.
That book made me laugh, it made me cringe a little (come on, that princess girl is just annoying.) (at some point, i just wanted her to fall inside the Thames.) but… You know me : nothing is perfect for me…
In the end, i deeply recommand you to read that book if you don’t have already ! (and the other two.)