by Cassandra Clare (Goodreads Author)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.
I read this book before I read The Mortal Instruments, I loved it so much I rushed out to get the others! I have read it again so it would be fresh in my mind when I read Clockwork Prince (which I'm reading now).
It's about a young girl named Tessa Gray from New York City, in the 19th century. She travels to London after her Aunt dies in order to meet up with her brother, Nate. There she is kidnapped and introduced into the Downworld. She soon realizes she, herself, is a "Downworlder" with a strange and confusing power.. one that everyone she meets has a need for. She is rescued by a very mysterious and intriguing boy named Will and goes to live at the London institute for the shadowhunters. She begins to fall in love with Will, who at times shows signs that he feels the same, other times, he is as rude to her as he always is to everyone else.
I personally could relate to Tessa.. she falls hard for someone who seems, at times, to hate her and eventually tells her as much. From Will's point of view, it's obvious he loves her, but is tormented by something we've yet to know. There's just the right amount of action and danger, balanced with love and strong feelings for others she's now living with. I gave this book 5 stars the first time I read it, and still after reading many more books, am keeping with that rating. It's a great read that keeps you enthralled all the way to the end!