So I have finally delved back into the shadowhunter world and (as I have been encouraged) I have picked up the first instalment of the Infernal Devices Trilogy as I want to read City of Heavenly Fire and I have been told that I will be spoilt for a few things that happen in this series if I read that first. The Infernal Devices Trilogy is centred a few hundred years before the happenings of City of Bones and overall I must say that the combination of shadowhunter and historic fiction is better than I could imagine! Cassandra Clare just gets better and better!
Magic is dangerous- but love is more dangerous still
When sixteen year old Tessa Gray arrives in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, something terrryifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks, and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessaseeks refuge with the Sahdowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by- and torn between- two bestfriends and quickly realises that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
Does that not sound absolutely amazing? Well, it is even better than our book loving imaginations could comprehend. I think I may actually like this series better than the Mortal Instruments Series, I prefer the characters and the plot, I love the setting and I found myself drawn deeper into the story than I was with any of the Mortal Instrument books.
So there are two main characters, Tessa Gray, desperate to save her brother and find out why she has been tortured and trained for weeks since she landed in London. She is a young woman in a time where young women didn’t have a voice, didn’t have a choice and is very much indebted to anyone who would help her. While I was reading this book, I had to keep reminding myself that the era she is in would prevent her from behaving in a way that I thought she would; I did like how she developed across the book, where first she was timid and mild, she becomes more fearless and questioning the power of men over women. A change that I found myself inspired by and I honestly cannot wait to find out how this develops even more over the remainder of the trilogy.
The other main character is Will Herondale, he is a young shadowhunter with a mysterious past and a very weird view on the world. When Will and Tessa meet and their story converge into one, there is no insta-love, it is a painful process and similar to Tessa’s obedience, you see the male perspective of women during the time period. With some prominent disclosures and battles of his own, you see many sides of Will; I have finally begun to understand how the literary world is currently obsessed with Will and Tessa.
Guys, I am going to warn you; you won’t see some of these plot twists coming. I was thoroughly shocked when things happened, and if you have read this instalment then you know what I am on about. The book was extremely fast paced, I read this in one evening (I didn’t start until after 6pm); all 482 pages.
Now I love a lot about this book, one element I truly loved was the introduction of steampunk elements, something I never expected. Yes, the book is called Clockwork but I honestly didn’t expect the intricate detail and perfect use of these elements. You really gain a deeper understanding of London during the time period, how even the shadowhunters may be advanced but were still learning and developing; with the result of great humour and failures.
Please, guys if you are like me and haven’t read this; go buy it. I will be picking up the rest of this series with my first pay check because I need more of Will and Tessa.