Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
Review: This is the first book in the Infernal Devices series. I wasn't sure if I was going to like this one as much as I enjoyed the Mortal Instruments series, but I did really enjoy it. The plot was well paced. Even though this book is close to 500 pages it never thought it was slow. The twist near the ending was surprising and the somewhat of a cliffhanger ending made me really want to read the sequel. I really liked the characters in this book. Tessa was a really strong main character, although it took me a while before I really liked her. Jem and Will were both awesome but i have to say as of this moment I am team Jem. The setting in this book was really great. Even though we don't get to see much of it, the fact that this is set in Victorian London really added a lot to the story. This setting and time period really defined a lot of the characters thought and behaviors which I liked. Also I wish Magnus had a larger part in this book. overall, I really liked this book and am anxious to start the sequel, although it will probably be a while before i do because i plan on reading City of Fallen Angels first.