I’m feeling meh about this book……
From the interwebs, I thought that this book was going to be SO AMAZING OMG FANTASTIC. I’ll give it 4.5/5 stars. It wasn’t perfect, but it was enjoyable enough.
In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…
The thing that I really loved about this book was how I could connect names in this book to names in The Mortal Instruments. Like Camille, for instance. It was really interesting to see where she came from, and of course in City of Fallen Angels (review to come soon!), she makes a big appearance. Then seeing her with Magnus……………. It makes me irritated a bit because MALEC IS PERFECTION.
Let’s talk about Tessa. WHAT IS SHE????? She must be some sort of immortal being or something like that since she appears in City of Glass talking to Magnus, still retaining her youthful looks (or so I would assume because she still had brown hair when Clary saw her and I doubt she dyed it, plus Clary said she was a “girl” not an older woman and it would be amazing if she could live to be over a hundred 😉 ). Tessa is incredibly well-mannered for someone with such a traitorous brother. I’m a little unsure if I’m Team Will or Team Jem….. I don’t know much about either of their backstories. Jem is more consistent with kindness and that makes me like him more than Will. I know I have to finish Clockwork Prince to understand why Will has such strange mood swings. Is it because of the curse thing that is mentioned early on in Clockwork Prince? I bet I’ll like Will better later on.
Mortmain. HOW IS A HUMAN ABLE TO TRANSPORT WHAT EVEN. This guy is in way over his head with magic.
BACKSTABBER TRAITOROUS POOR EXCUSE FOR A BROTHER What is his problem? What kind of monster betrays his own family? *cough* Valentine *cough* HOW IS HE ABLE TO TRANSPORT HE’S A HUMAN!!!!!!!????!?!?!?!?!?!?
The sexism displayed in this book is very irritating! Jessamine. She thinks that girls shouldn’t be Shadowhunters. She thinks that girls shouldn’t read books or be knowledgeable. Gosh, look at IZZY. SHE IS AWESOME. SHE LOVES BEING A SHADOWHUNTER. Jessamine and Isabelle are complete opposites in personality. And poor Charlotte is only allowed to run the London Institute because she’s married to Henry. *huffs angrily*
But overall, a very good book. Not my favorite, but still a very good prequel story.
Thanks for reading this review! What’s your opinion on Will and Jem (no spoilers, please)?