Source: A special thanks to Katie from Katie's Book Blog for loaning me the ARC of this book.
Safe for now, Tessa is trying to help Charlotte find the Magister in a race to keep the London Institute from falling into the Lightwoods hands. But tracking the Magister is proving a difficult task. He always seems one step ahead of them. Helped by Jem and Will, Tessa sets out to find what the past may tell them about why the Magister hates shadowhunters so much. But the past is not only giving them insight into the Magister but into Tessa and Will as well. All the while, Will’s protective wall is developing cracks; Jem and Tessa are growing closer; there may be a traitor among them; and time is running out to prove to the clave that Charlotte should remain in charge of the London Institute. Will they find the Magister in time? What is the secret that Will protects so fiercely? Will Tessa unravel how she feels about the two shadowhunters in her life?
5 stars – a must read
How does one begin to write about such a brilliant book? I’ve waited a couple of days since I finished it to try and get my thoughts together but I’m not sure it helped. I love the shadowhunter world that Cassie has created and I have from the first book I read in the TMI series. I love that the world is dynamic and rich enough that it has spanned time back to the eighteen century. From the ruins to the technology to the family heritage, the two series are connected. I love that.
Cassie’s writing is fabulous. I love how she leaves little hints that develop into wonderful twists that I never seem to see coming. Now that may be normal for some, but I am very used to figuring it all out before the end of the book. Not with Cassie’s books. I must say too that I’ve never had the struggle to choose a team before in a love triangle. While I am firmly STILL team Will, I must say that I love Jem and if he wins Tessa’s heart in the end, I will be happy. I don’t think I have EVER been able to say that about a love triangle. I am always so passionately on one side and totally against the other side. I think what makes this so hard and real is that both boys are loved by Tessa. There is no clear winner in her eyes. While the boys are different, they both love her. It could go either way – I still believe that even after reading this book. Some may say that the trial is over, I disagree. This is Cassandra Clare we are talking about, and nothing is finished until the very last page of the very last book.
The characters are so real to me. My heart broke for Will in this book. When I finally understood his secret, I wanted to hold him and cry. I’m sure that would have horrified him, considering the secret but I would do it anyway. I love Jem more in this book as well. He is truly kind and dear. Charlotte continued to impress me as one kick-ass kinda girl. Love that. And I was so happy about her scenes with Henry. It was so sweet.
As for the plot, I was never bored. It was fast paced and action packed. At five hundred pages, it’s a long book but I was through it in two days. And now I begin the long wait until book 3. If you haven’t started this series and you love paranormal, you MUST check out this series and this book. Fabulous read!