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.
This story picks up right where the first book left off. They now finally know who the mastermind is and who their allies are against him. Also, we get to see new characters, some I liked, some I didn’t. Especially with the Lightwood family, that is really messed up btw. There is just so much that happened in this story, it’s just wow. And I like that in a book, it’s at least never boring. I liked that we got to see more of Will and how he truly feels and also why he is behaving the way he is. But at the same time, my heart just broke for him. At the end, that was just mean Cassandra Clare. Just mean… That poor boy. I’m sure it will get better in the third book, let’s hope. Then there is the famous love triangle. I’m usually not a fan of them but in this book I can’t say that I mind it. I can understand why Tessa is feeling the way she is and also Jem is a wonderful character. Who wouldn’t fall in love with him. Sadly I feel that the last book will not be kind to him, or better said us the readers.
That being said, I still can’t wait to read the final book.