For this particular book addiction, I blame Bailie. Set in Victorian London, the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare is a prequel to the best-selling Mortal Instruments’ series. A surprising subterranean world with supernatural twists holds many secrets for Tessa, an American girl who travels to England to meet up with her brother after losing her aunt – her nearest family.
The novels feature Tessa (who on being kidnapped fresh off her boat from the US) finds out that she has supernatural powers. It’s a Young Adult series – feeding our seemingly insatiable appetite for Vampires, Demons, Shadowhunters, and the inevitable love triangle with angsty angry Will and seemingly perfect Jem.
It’s always interesting to look back at a series once you’ve finished the first book, at how the characters develop – Tessa seems to get out of the way a lot of the time when the action hits, but I have to keep in mind that it’s set in Victorian England where women and kids were seen and not heard for the most part. My interest is most definitely piqued though, and I’m awaiting to get the second in the series.
Each of the characters, from Charlotte who runs the Shadowhunters taking in orphans, to Sophie the precogniscent maid has an
interesting story to tell interwoven with Tessa’s, and a few intriguing twists and turns. I won’t tell you more because I don’t want to give away any secrets or plot strands – you’re just going to have to read it.
With a slow-burning first installation, the second book in the series hots up exponentially. Tessa has become more natural and is developing, Will has a reason for being so weird and Jem, oh poor Jem’s story is continuing to develop in very interesting ways. If you’re a Twihard, Potter-head, Vampire Academy or even Sookie Stackh… no wait, it’s not that sexy. But to everyone else I’d thoroughly recommended sticking with the first, then snapping up the second book. I loved it to the point that I actually couldn’t put the book down to go to sleep.
“You know that feeling,” she said, “when you are reading a book, and you know that it is going to be a tragedy; you can feel the cold and darkness coming, see the net drawing close around the characters who live and breathe on the pages. But you are tied to the story as if bring dragged behind a carriage, and you cannot let go or turn the course aside.”
The mystery of the clockwork angel is fascinated me, and I couldn’t wait to find out more. Would I recommend it? Definitely – a slow read perfect with the cat, in your PJs, hiding from the autumnal rain.