Release Date: March 19, 2013
Source: Library Borrow
Genre: YA Steampunk, YA Paranormal
Review Date: April 30, 2013
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: Tessa Gray should be happy - aren't all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.
A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa's heart, will do anything to save her.
I didn't like the change of events regarding Jem. I don't want to get all spoiler-ish, so I'll just say it was sort of a cop out. Almost like nothing too bad could happen to any of these characters, except to the official bad guy, Mortmain and his automation demon/robot army of course.
Over all, major components of the story were a tad predictable, For example, I knew something was wrong with the Consul the whole time, but it didn't really matter. I knew that Gabriel would end up with Cecilia, etc. Those are small things, does it matter enough to take away from the story? Not so much in this case, it was fun to read after all.
I adore all the adults in this series. They are present throughout the story and influence the young Shadow Hunters in a positive way. They teach and support them, but not in a parent type way. They are family and the young Shadow Hunters respect them, which has them acting a bit more mature at times. I also love Magnus! He's funny, smart mouth and so wise when it comes to matters of the heart. He is technically old as dirt, so I guess he should know a lot!
I actually teared up at the end of this book, and I promise, that rarely, if ever happens to me! That says a lot. So if you enjoy Steampunk and fantasy, you'll enjoy this series. Check it out!
Already love Cassandra Clare's Shadow Hunter world? Well I found that there is another spin off, The Bane Chronicles, which are 10 short stories all about Magnus and his world. I'm looking forward reading those to that as well! Book one, What Really Happened in Peru, came out two weeks ago.
Want even more Shadow Hunters....here it comes! Ms. Clare is a very busy author, she's turning out these books with reckless abandon! There is another a new series, called “The Dark Artifices, set in present day LA with a whole new cast of Shadow Hunters. The release of the first book is set for a 2015. This series will start after the conclusion of the MI series.
Did you read this trilogy? Tell me your thoughts!