This is the second book in a trilogy. This review will spoil you if you haven’t read the previous book.
Goodread’s synopsis : 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, but 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.
It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them.
In this book, we see more. More of the country (Shire), more betrayal and also more feelings.
While Tessa is trying to figure out Will’s behavior, she slowly but surely gets closer to Jem. Jem who is always here for her.
Charlotte and Henry are finally honest toward each other regarding their feelings.
A new character appears : Gideon Lightwood. He is different from his brother Gabriel. He analyses the situation and doesn’t trust his father totally.
The plot is really great, in my opinion. The fact that Mortmain is always a step ahead, that he had all this planned for years ! Even if we don’t get to see him in this book, his presence is everywhere.
Also we get a hint about what will happen next, but I noticed that because I already read the whole trilogy.
It’s always better to live the truth than to live a lie.
– Tessa is stronger. She has built this shell around her heart. Jem is the only one allowed in, first. After all, she has suffered from her brother’s betrayal AND Will’s cruel behavior.
– Jem is perfection. Jem is bae. He always does what’s right to do. He thinks he isn’t worthy of a woman’s love because of his illness. Tessa puts life in him, and that’s wonderful to read about.
– Will is struggling with his deep feelings. He finally learns the truth about the curse.
– Charlotte is not as soft hearted as we could have thought. She is the rightful head of the London Institute.
– Sophie is becoming an important character. More than just a maid. Her opinion matters a lot. She is strong minded and a loyal character. I really like her.
– Magnus. Oh dear Magnus. He is such an interesting character ! He told Tessa Tessa that the more you live the less you feel. But he does feel, a lot. For Camille, his vampire lover, for Will, the broken shadowhunter. He feels more than he would admit.
When two souls are as one, they stay together on the Wheel. I was born into this world to love you, and I will love you in the next life, and the one after that.
I really loved rereading this book. My heart has fluttered a lot. I felt a deep joy and also a huge grief and despair. I’m not gonna say more because I said I would avoid spoilers as much as possible. I’ll just had that many tears were shed.