"'...Are you laughing at me?' 'Not at you,' said Will, grinning, 'more because of you. I've never seen anyone get so excited over books before. You'd think they were diamonds.'"
It's about: Dark London in the Victoria Era is where we will find Tessa, Will, Jem and Nate mingling with a host of other-wordly creatures. The story opens with Tessa arriving in London to meet her brother, Nate. She arrives to find the Dark Sisters there to pick her up and deliver her to her brother. But that's not quite what happens! Tessa's become a prisoner in more ways than one. The Dark Sisters are so aptly named and their friends in the Pandemonium Club only want one thing: Tessa! Handsome and brooding Will, the Shadowhunter, comes to the rescue. On the job, Will kills demons. Off the job, Will is a lady-killer. The story is of Shadowhunters sent by the angels of heaven to rescue humans from demons while keeping the night creatures like vampires and werewolves, and faeries from creating havoc amongst those mundane and somewhat silly humans.
My thoughts: Holy, I love this book! I want to eat up the other 2 in the series, but am going to try to restrain myself. Clare has created a truly unique other-world set within Victorian London - one of my favorite places. Enter, Tessa, a book loving innocent, and there it is: the perfect recipe.
This series is considered a prequel to the Mortal Instruments series as some of those characters are descendents of Tessa, Will, Nate and Jem.
You should read it if: You are looking for a book to transport you away from the hustle and bustle of this Season.