Okay, so I HATE!!! repeat, HATE!!!!!!!!! when authors don’t have the sequel to a really good book out when I finish the first. What was that? The world doesn’t revolve around me? Yeah, I know. So? It’s sooooo inconvienient!
You’re probably wondering which book this happened with for me to have such a strong reaction – that would be Cassandra Clare’s prequel series to the Mortal Instruments – The Infernal Devices. Yes, you read that right, it’s not a typo – infernal. Who uses that word these days? I’ll tell you: Cassandra Clare. But anyway.
So the first book in this series is called Clockwork Angel. It is about Tessa Gray, a warlock who knows nothing about the Shadow World, who can shape-shift and actually become another person. She goes to London after her aunt dies because her brother sent for her, but she is kidnapped before she can see him. She is forced into the Shadow World, and along the way meets some interesting characters, who you may recognize from the Mortal Instruments series such as Will Herondale and Benedict Lightwood (at least the last name should sound familiar!). As Tessa is discovering the truth about who she is, who her parents were, and who her brother has become, Clare weaves a plot of deception, romance,mechanics, and confusion for the reader as you misread characters and are brought along for an exciting turn of events in every chapter.
My favorite part of the book is the contrast between two of the characters – James (Jem) Carstairs and Will Herondale. These two are accurately described at one point in the book as a “White Knight” and a “Black Knight.” Jem is open and caring, even though he has his secrets, and Will is openly dishonest and closed off emotionally – yes, I realize that “openly dishonest” is an oxymoron – but so is Will. Although Tessa’s romantic feelings are torn in the middle of the book, in the next to last chapter, her decision (as well as my own) was made. But then there was an epilogue. And that, readers, was what made me want the next book so badly. There’s nothing worse (but at the same time better) than an epilogue that does nothing but give you a cliff hanger, so that you torturously wait for the next book that doesn’t come out for another two years! But that’s besides the point, I know.
S0 obviously, I’m recommending this book, especially if you read and enjoyed (or even if you didn’t enjoy – which I don’t see how that’s possible, but everyone has their own taste I suppose) The Mortal Instruments series. 😀