Despite the slow beginning, I really enjoyed this book. The character development in this novel is spectacular even if the plot itself left much to be desired. So much information is given about Will’s history that I completely changed my opinion of him, and the love triangle between Will, Tessa, and Jem is well done. I can’t wait to see who Tessa ends up with. I highly recommend reading this book, especially if you enjoyed the previous one. Don’t give up on it right away either, stick with it and you won’t be able to put it down.
Plot-wise, not a lot happens in this book. Yes, quite a bit of information is revealed, but I would say this book mostly focuses on character development. Especially the relationship between Tessa, Jem, and Will. Ahhhh! A love triangle!!!! Don’t fret though because this one was actually done pretty well.
The main plot of course is the Shadowhunters trying to find the Magister, but he is always a step ahead of him and can’t seem to be found.
A small part of the Magister’s plans, as well as his background, have been revealed in this book, as well as some intriguing information regarding Benedict Lightwood. Not only do we find out that there is a traitor among the London Institute, but we also find out what is wrong with Will. This was one of the most interesting parts of the book. 🙂
I have to admit that at first I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to make it through this book. It wasn’t at all interesting for the first 100 pages or so, but then shit really starts to happen and I managed to finish the book the next day! It just moved very slowly at first, but it eventually picked up.
Despite the slow beginning, I really enjoyed this book! I loved the character development, the background on the Magister, and just….everything! I didn’t even find it to be predictable!
Also, I think I even shed a few tears for this one, which rarely happens! So many feelings! Oh, Will….poor, poor Will…..
Not much more of the world is revealed than what we already know. However, there are quite a few demon summonings in this novel and they even talk, which was awesome! I loved their personalities!
There was actually a good discussion on parabati as well as marriage between Shadowhunters, and we even get to see another Institute and its leader, which was interesting!
This was the biggest aspect of this book. I loved all the character development that took place, though I have to mention I was disappointed that we still don’t know much about Tessa. 😦
Tessa is taking her role very seriously and is taking it upon herself to learn a lot! I like that she is a stronger, smarter female character, especially when you compare her to Clary. I love Tessa and cannot wait to find out who she really is! She is definitely having a lot of mixed feelings towards both Jem and Will and doesn’t seem to be sure who she likes more, if either.
Jem, oh how I love Jem! He always does the right thing. He is so lovable and kind and charming. Such a gentleman! I just adore him. He is even having feelings towards Tessa but isn’t sure he deserves her because of his illness.
I wasn’t sure I liked Will, but my feelings for him just flipped because there is so much we find out about him. Oh, poor Will! So many feelings and tears! 😦 I totally understand him now! Of course, he has had feelings for Tessa for awhile but for some reason he just wouldn’t give in to them, but now we know why! I’m not sure who to actually root for now to be with Tessa! I think I might have to go with Will….
Magnus…I love Magnus. He has a lot of presence in this book and I just can’t get enough of him. He is such an interesting character!
I have to mention that Sophie is actually becoming an important character and plays quite a role in this book. I really like her and hope she gets a happy ending after everything she has been through.
Honestly, the writing is a bit better than it is in The Mortal Instruments, but not by much. It isn’t the best writing and needs a bit of work. Too many similes and metaphors.
I actually don’t mind the cover too much, but it still needs work. I don’t like the use of the characters, but at least this one isn’t as bad as the covers in the other series. It is designed and laid out well, but the illustration just needed something different. How about something to do with all the automatons that are in the book. I think that would have been really cool. The title at least made sense and I was able to understand its meaning.