Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Sypnosis from Goodreads:
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?
As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.
I don’t even know where to begin, honestly. This book is perfection, as is this series. The characters, the romance, the setting, the writing is nothing short of perfection.
I was on the edge of my seat throughout this book, honestly, I couldn’t even anticipate what would come next and my heart was torn throughout. Jem, Tessa and Will are my favourite bookish trio ever, and I love their bond. Nothing compares to Jem and Will’s parabatai bond but then there’s Tessa and honestly I felt for her throughout, being so torn for many reasons.
The characterisation for every character developed so much from book one! It was amazing, coming back to them after a short break, it felt like being with friends again! I can’t even process the beauty that is this book! Definitely remarkable, I love how Cassandra Clare makes the reader think one thing and then spins it all on its head and the outcome, oh my gosh! What I thought I knew was one thing but as I read this book I was stunned at all the revelations! Absolutely chilling and devastating and perfection!
The word building was superb! And the setting as always is perfection, whilst I adore The Mortal Instruments, there’s something about the setting of Victorian London that just compliments the Shadowhunter world perfectly, it’s just amazing. I cannot fault this book, I even loved getting to know more about Gabriel and Gideon Lightwood, and I love how Sophie and Tessa’s friendship grew, it was super precious. Another friendship that I loved in this book was the appearances of Magnus Bane, he was crucial to a specific revelation about one of the characters, who I don’t think I’ll name, but for those who’ve read the book, you know who I mean and my gosh my heart ached for them after I read what I did and imagined how I’d feel about my life if I had been through and told what this character had.
Just a side note, usually I’m not a huge fan of love triangles, but the one in this book is one of the most heartbreakingly exquisite ones in existence. I want more! It pains me that there’s only one book left in this trilogy!
I’ll always sing praises about everything in this book, it made me feel every possible feel in existence! And it left on a fabulous cliffhanger, I cannot wait to read Clockwork Princess and get to know a certain character more, as well as indulge in the feelings that I can only imagine will ensue!
And that concludes my review, as usual, thank you for reading, until next time, happy reading,