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. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)
I must say that I enjoyed this book. I found Tessa to be an interesting character and the searching for her brother storyline was a fun one. I really liked Will and Jem, I found the pair of them to be fun. Jess kinda bugged me, but I think she's suppose to bug the reader.
I had no idea the book was going to end the way it did, I was very surprised with the turn it took. I found the dialog to be good, a little long in some parts but very good over all. I loved the writing style and Clare's storytelling. I found all of the interactions between characters to be very believable and I found myself rooting for them.
I am very excited to read the next book in the series due out Dec.6!
Overall rating **** 4 out of 5 stars
Cover art I liked the cover art very pretty.
Obtained My personal book shelf.