When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
A friend told me to read the Mortal Instruments series, I don't know why, but I never did. But then I saw that A Clockwork Angel in Borders and I said "I have to read that." What I mostly loved about this book is that it's in the nineteenth century and at the same time it includes all of the supernatural stuff I love. Maybe I don't say this much, but I love books that take place during the 1800s and then I realized it also included paranormal creatures and I couldn't stop thinking about reading that book. And when I finally started reading it, I couldn't put it down, and when I had to put it down, it was pure suffering. Normally (when I have time) I read one book in about four days or sometimes even a week. This one took a while longer. Not because it was long or anything, but because I was loving it so much I wanted to take my time reading it. Then I was done with it, and the suffering came again. So i've got five things to say about this book.
1. Cassandra Clare did a hell of a job writing it.
2. I love Will.
3. I know she's kind of anonymous, but Sophie's my favorite character.
4. I love Will.
5. I can't wait for the next book (and until the next book comes out, the suffering will continue.)
How many stars?