by Cassandra Clare (Goodreads Author)
From the Publisher...
Don’t miss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, soon to be a major motion picture in theaters August 2013.
A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.
Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.
As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?
Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.
I waited very impatiently for this book. I have mentioned it multiple times on this blog, both here and here. I have read all three books now, and I am glad that I did. It's nice to read a series and not end it wondering why you started in the first place.
One of the greatest parts about the series is the continuations. Like ripples in water, these characters will be carried forawrd in a way that few characters can. You see, this series is a prequel of sorts to another series. While completely separate from the other Shadowhunter books, this series is depicting what came before. Not only do these books tell a great story; not only do they shed light on a series I was already in the middle of; these books will influence the conclusion of the Shadowhunters books. How nerdy cool is that?!
As for the story of this book, I really enjoyed it. At times it did feel a little drawn out, but when you are wrapping up so many storylines, that is to be expected. And the way the stories were concluded...
The main driver of these books is the love story. Tessa fell for Will, who couldn't love her. She then fell for Jem, Will's soul mate in battle. When Will discovered that he could love Tessa without hurting her, he was too late: she was engaged to Jem, who was dying. The final book tells the story of unrequited love, but also of discovered love - the characters discover love for each other they didn't know existed. I was really impressed by the way author developed the story, let it grow, but didn't allow it to be constrained by the love triangle. The ending, which I won't ruin, was beautiful. A perfect ending to a nearly perfect series.
*"Men may be stronger, but it is women who endure."
*"Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read."
*“You don't think I can fight." Tessa said, drawing back and matching his silvery gaze with her own. "Because I'm a girl.""I don't think you can fight because you're wearing a wedding dress", said Jem. "For what it's worth, I don't think Will could fight in that dress either."
"Perhaps not," said Will, who had ears like a bat'a. "But I would make a radiant bride.”