The Infernal Devices Series
By Cassandra Clare
It was books that made me feel that perhaps I wasn't completely alone. - William Herondale
Rating: 5 out of 5
*Disclaimer: I am extremely biased when it comes to Cassandra Clare and The Mortal Instruments world. The Mortal Instruments is still to this day my favorite series that I re-read quite regularly so it was no surprise that I was just in love with the prequel*
In an epic prequel to the New York Times Bestselling Series The Mortal Instruments we learn of the young shadowhunters that came before the famous Jace, Alec, Isabelle, and Clary. During the peak of the industrial revolution London is thriving and after the death of Tessa's aunt and caretaker her older brother, Nathaniel, sends for her to move to London. Relieved to finally arrive in this wonderful new city after a long and dreary boat ride from New York, Tessa doesn't questions when women claiming to be sent by her brother kidnap her. Much to Tessa's shock she is not the normal girl she always thought to be, but instead has a power hiding within her that has been carefully curated by the Magister and the missing key to his diabolical plan. Tessa must battle her way through the surrounding downworlders with the help of the London Institute where she finds more than just a family, but hope for a future, but betrayal is never too far away.
Original Story? Heck Yes
Cassandra Clare is a genius as an author and part of the reason I like this particular series and others within the Shadowhunter world is because of how unique it is. Everyone writes about vampires, werewolves, and witches/wizards, but Cassandra Clare created a unique world that combined all of them and had the peacekeepers be part fallen angels part mortals known as shadowhunters. This story is built on a very original idea and I was in awe of how much more as a reader of this series you learn about the shadowhunter world.
Emotional Investment? Do you even have to ask... YES!
I would be lying if I said I didn't cry, but then again isn't that how you know if its a good book or not. The characters were so well crafted that you couldn't help as a reader feel every trouble and triumphant the characters went through. I have to admit while I was head over heels with this series the emotional rollercoaster of attachment didn't really start until the second book and then hit you hard with the third book. The third book was definitely one of those books that leaves you sad then happy then sad and happy again and you feel exhausted like you need a break after finishing (we've all been there before).
The Down & Dirty Details...
Incredible character development that leaves the reader feeling as if they are apart of the story
Phenomenal sense of descriptive language used that makes the reader feel as if you are within London yourself
The epic love triangle where you never truly know who you want Tessa to end up with
The one and only thing I could possibly consider as a negative is the whole love triangle between Will, Tessa, and Jem. I typically am not a fan of love triangles especially when you have no idea who you would rather vote for in the end and while the series has an AMAZING ending I typically prefer, if there is a love triangle, to have a clearly obvious person instead of being up in the air the whole series (not a fan of surprises clearly)
Would I recommend it? Yes
If you've read to this point hopefully I have made if painfully obvious how in love I am with the Shadowhunter world. If I have not yet then here's my last chance. I would 10/10 recommend this book. From the outstanding plot and setting to the way Cassandra Clare knows how to trap you with her writing. If you like The Mortal Instruments this is the perfect book for you to continue your love or if you've never read the mortal instruments this is an incredible starting point that will make you want to find out more about the Shadowhunter world. While I wasn't a fan of the similarities within the main character compared to The Mortal Instruments series I learned to love it. As a reader you learn so much more about the family lines and histories of the world that you would be crazy not to read this. After reading this series I went back and re-read for probably the hundredth time the Mortal Instruments and it made me love the series that much more because I know more about the world and motivators of the characters and their particular family lines.
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