Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; 1ST edition (December 6, 2011)
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, though 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 wasn't sure that this book could hold up to the first book, but wow it blew it away. There was so much to this story. I loved Will's story line and how it involoved Mangus was great, seeing all that cleared up some of the things said between Camille and Mangus in CoFA. I also loved every second that we spent with Jem!
Tessa is still trying to figure out what she is and I think we found out, and hopefully I'm right and Cassie will explain it in book 3. Now I for one was shocked yet not shocked by the betrayals in this book. And while Charolette's decisions must have been hard I am glad they were what they were.
Cassie made me swoon, laugh, smile, and angry at Tessa. I am totally team Jem and if Tessa chooses will in the end I will gladly take Jem! I really can't wait for the next book I am so anxious to see how all of this wraps up! Will or Jem, What is Tessa? What happens to the bad guys?!? Ahhhhh....I need to know! I give this one 5 stars! And it might just have been my favorite book of 2011!