The Infernal Devices is the prequel to the series The Mortal Instruments. “Magic is dangerous- but love is dangerous still.” these are the words that Cassandra Clare used to describe Clockwork Angel, and boy did she do those words justice! The book is portrayed through the main character’s eyes, Tessa Gray, The story starts off in the year 1878 with Tessa getting off a ship at a dock in London (where the series takes place). She came to live with her brother Nathaniel, because Tessa’s Aunt (who she lived with in New York) died. When she arrives she is greeted by the Dark Sisters named Mrs. Dark and Mrs. Black. The Sisters kidnap Tessa During her time with the Sisters Tessa finds out that she is a Downworlder with the power to change into another person whenever she wants, pretty neat huh? She is held prisoner for six weeks before she is rescued by the dashing and charming William “Will” Herondale. Will holds everyone at arms length, but Tessa somehow manages to get close to him, and Will’s Parabatai Jem is also pretty close to him. What is a Parabatai, you ask? Well think of it like the Shadowhunter version of a bromance! There is also a secret organization called Pandemonium Club which makes Will and Jem’s job that much harder. The Magister (the head of Pandemonium Club) make a unstoppable army of clockwork demons who he sends after Tessa to….. Well I don’t want to give the whole book away! So go pick up a copy and find out what happens next!!
(Synopsis by Alicia – The Mortal Institute)
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 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 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 unnerve 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.
(Synopsis by Alicia – The Mortal Institute)
Tessa Gray should be happy — aren’t all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding to Jem Carstairs, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to the Magister, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan of destruction.
Tessa knows Axel Mortmain, the Magister, is coming for her, but not where or when he will strike. Charlotte Branwell, the head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain first. And the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, and Will knows he should force himself to find someone else to care for, he is as much in love with her as ever.
In the last words of a dying Shadowhunter reside the clue that might lead Tessa and her friends to Mortmain. But the Shadowhunters of the London Institute cannot stand alone, and in their homeland of Idris, the ruling body of the Clave doubt their claims that Mortmain is coming. Deserted by those who should be their allies and with their enemies closing in, the Shadowhunters find themselves trapped when Mortmain seizes the medicine which is all that is keeping Jem alive. With his best friend at death’s door it is up to Will to risk everything to save the woman they both love.
To buy Will time, the warlock Magnus Bane joins with Henry Branwell to create a device that could help them to defeat the Magister. As those who love Tessa work to save her, and the future of the Shadowhunters that resides with her, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself —for in the discovery of her own true nature, Tessa begins to learn that she is more powerful than she ever dreamed possible. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?
Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.