The Mortal Instrements

Friday, November 11, 2011

The Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare

 

Book I: Clockwork Angel (August 31, 2010)

Book Description

Includes the never-before-seen short story Magnus's Vow!
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.

Plot:

London, April 1878. Shadowhunter William Herondale kills a Shax demon and searches for Jem his "hunting buddy" (parabatai). Jem is in an alley and has found the body of fourteen-year-old Emma Bayliss. They find a dagger imprinted with two snakes each biting the other's tail, an ouroboros.

Southampton, May. Tessa is thinking of her clockwork angel necklace when she arrives at Southampton dock aboard the Main, expecting to find her brother Nate waiting for her. Tessa was living in NY with her Aunt Harriet, but her aunt had died recently and her brother asked her to come stay with him in Liverpool. At the port, instead of her brother, Tessa finds the Dark Sisters, Mrs. Dark and Mrs. Black, who have a letter from her brother saying that he could not meet her because of business, but that the sisters will bring her to him. Tessa goes with them.

Six Weeks Later. Tessa has been held prisoner by the Sisters. They have been training her to Change (a process by which she takes on the appearance of someone else, living or dead, by holding something which belongs to them). This time Tessa becomes Emma Bayliss and relives her last few moments alive. The sisters are impressed and tell Tessa that they have been preparing her for an arranged marriage to a mysterious individual known as "the Magister." The expect the marriage to take place that day or the next. The sisters leave and Tessa tries to run away but is caught by the Sister's coachman. Tessa is tied to her bed, she attempts to escape again by using the Change. Just as she escapes her bindings the door opens. It is Will, who followed the trail from Emma's body to an organization called the Pandemonium Club and the Sister's house. Will and his friends proceed to help Tessa escape and when the Dark Sisters catch up a battle begins in which Mrs. Black is killed, and Tessa is knocked unconscious.

Tessa awakens in the London Institute to find herself being examined by Brother Enoch, one of the Silent Brothers, who informs her that she is a shape-changer and a Downworlder. Tessa meets the inhabitants of the Institute. The next morning Jessamine takes Tessa shopping; Charlotte and Henry look for Tessa's brother; and Will and Jem inspect the Sister's house. Will and Jem find a clockwork automaton wrapped in human flesh. A vampire named de Quincey is identified as the Magister and is said to have Tessa's brother. Tessa and Will infiltrate one of de Quincey's parties. At his parties de Quincey slowly drains a human victim; this is against the Accord, which allows the Shadowhunters to attack de Quincey. Things go terribly wrong at the party when de Quincey's victim is revealed to be Tessa's brother Nate.

Tessa and the Shadowhunters kill the vampires at the party, save Nate and bring him to the institute, but de Quincy escapes. Will bites a vampire, while fighting, and accidentally swallows some of the vampires blood. To get the blood out of his system, so he won't turn into a vampire, has to drink holy water. When Tessa brings him a bucket of holy water they kiss. Tessa and Jem go for a walk and are attacked by the Magister's clockwork army. They make it to the institute where the Shadowhunters barely fight the army off. Jem reveals that he is addicted to demon blood and is slowly dying from it. Most of the Shadowhunters leave to kill de Quincy who is hiding out. Mortmain, the mundane who informed the Shadowhunters of de Quincey comes back to the institute and tells Will and Jem the location of the Dark sister who is trying to help the Magister with his army. They rush off to kill her leaving Nate, Jessamine and Tessa alone. Mortmain comes back with the clockwork army and reveals himself as the real Magister. Nate reveals himself as Mortmain's accomplice. The girls lock themselves in a room, but Mortmain tricks them to open the door. Tessa agrees to marry Mortmain if he will leave everyone alone and he agrees. Once the army has left the room Tessa stabs herself in the heart and Mortmain leaves.

Will rushes back when he realizes his mistake. At the Institute he runs into the army and Nate. Nate orders the army to kill Will. Jem makes it back and helps Will and then the rest of the Shadowhunters arrive. The army leaves. Will finds Tessa who is alive; she Changed quickly just before stabbing herself and the blood was from a gunshot victim she had Changed to before with the Sisters. Tessa is asked to stay at the Institute and she happily accepts. Tessa wants to have a serious relationship with Will, but he suggests a strictly sexual relation and tells Tessa that she cannot have children (she is assumed to be a warlock) so it is impossible. Jem comforts her though she will not tell him exactly what Will did to annoy her. Will seeks Magnus Bane's help, but it is not revealed for what reason.

 William "Will" Herondale and Jessamine Lovelace

 Theresa "Tessa" Gray and James "Jem" Carstairs

 Henry Branwell and Charlotte Branwell

My Shelfari Review:
First Review:
The cover is just amazing!!!!! I am so exited!! I am sure it is gonna be as good as the mortal instruments series!!

I began to read an hour ago and I can't let the book down or fall asleep. I felt so sorry for Tessa, I am happy that the shadowhunters came to save her. (Will especially, he reminds me a lot of Jace).

There are so many similarities with The Mortal Instruments, Tessa is so much like Clary, they both didn't know anything about their abilities and past, in the institute there are two guys and one girl, De Quincey and Valentine are bad-asses and on and on. But I am loving this book!! Jem's story is very tragic, in my mind he looks like a cool manga worrier, with dragon eyes and white shining long hair, still, I am sorry to say, I prefer the ever rude Will Herondale.

Second Review:
I removed my step-by-step review and I intend to begin again because this book is great, and it left so many options at the end, and so many unanswered mysterious, amazing book, when you begin, you might feel it is so similar to The Mortal Instruments, at the end though you are on to a big surprise and a cliff-hanger.

As much as I loved William he seems like such an asshole especially to Tessa, Jem is amazing but he is not my kind of guy, still I wish William will grow out of his issues and face Tessa. I cried when Thomas died, I didn't want him to die like that.

I wonder though: What is Sophie? Is Tessa half demon, half shadowhunter/Angel? Is Jem going to die? Did Will witness an ugly crime when he was 12? And so many more questions!!

Major Characters

Theresa 'Tessa' Gray
  • Species: Eidolon/shape-changer (warlock)
  • Gender: Female
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Gray-Blue
  • Age: 16
Tessa has spent the first sixteen years of her life being overprotected by her aunt after the death of her parents in a carriage accident. She lives almost all her life in books, dreaming of having the kind of adventures the heroines she reads about do—until she is forced to travel from New York to London when her brother Nathaniel goes missing and only a pair of mysterious—and sinister—women called the Dark Sisters seem to know where he might have gone. The Shadowhunters of the London Institute may be Tessa's only hope of finding Nate, but their mysterious world of demons and Downworlders holds many dangers for her—especially when she realizes she might be more a part of it than she'd thought.
William 'Will' Herondale
  • Species: Nephilim
  • Gender: Male
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Age: 17
Seventeen-year-old Will is the sort of young man nice Victorian girls are warned against. He drinks, gambles, and enjoys the company of ladies of questionable virtue—at least, as much as he enjoys anything. Will hates everyone and everything, with the possible exception of Jem, and even that's in some doubt. Charlotte despairs of keeping him alive past the age of nineteen. When he finds himself oddly drawn to Tessa, his friends begin to hope that the Downworlder girl will prove Will's unlikely salvation—but as Tessa grows closer to the bleak secret that makes his life a prison, danger threatens to destroy them both if she ever finds out the truth.
James 'Jem' Carstairs
  • Species: Nephilim / Shadowhunter
  • Gender: Male
  • Hair Color: Silver
  • Eye Color: Silver
  • Age: 17
Brought up in the Institute in Shanghai, Jem's parents were killed by a demon who allowed Jem to live—but with a terrible price to be paid. Frail and silver-haired, Jem seems an unlikely demon-killer, but his skills and swift intelligence make him a formidable foe. He finds a kindred spirit in Tessa as both of them feel they are torn between two worlds, neither belonging completely to one or to the other. As Jem's affection for her grows, will Will have to hurt the only person in his life he's ever seemed to care about?
Jessamine 'Jessie' Lovelace
  • Species: Nephilim
  • Gender: Female
  • Hair Color: Blonde
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Age: 17
Jessamine's parents, like Will's, were Shadowhunters who left the Clave. Their deaths in a fire orphaned her, leaving her to be brought up in the Institute by Charlotte and Henry. Jessamine hates everything about being a Shadowhunter, from the training to the danger to the existence of demons, which she deems "smelly and disgusting." Armed with a razor-edged parasol and an equally sharp tongue, Jessamine can be dangerous if she wants to be—to herself as much as to the supernatural creatures she's sometimes forced to encounter.
Charlotte Branwell
  • Species: Nephilim
  • Gender: Female
  • Hair Color: Dark Brown
  • Eye Color: Bright
  • Age: 23
Twenty-three-year-old Charlotte runs the entire Institute with a capable hand. Kind and loving, she does her best to care for the orphaned Shadowhunters who live under her roof while hiding her loneliness from the absent-minded husband she loves. It seems as if there's nothing Charlotte can't manage—until Tessa's search for her missing brother begins to uncover a web of corruption and deceit in London's Downworld that threatens to tear London's Enclave of Shadowhunters apart.
Henry Branwell
  • Species: Nephilim
  • Gender: Male
  • Hair Color: Red
  • Eye Color: Hazel
Absent-minded and brilliant, Henry spends his waking hours in the crypt of the Institute, inventing fabulous machines and weapons out of cogs cams and gears. Unfortunately just as many of Henry's inventions don't work as the ones that do, and Henry is as likely to set himself on fire as he is to invent something new and amazing. When Tessa finds herself followed by a silent band of assassins who turn out to be automate—human beings made from clockwork parts—it is Henry who must decipher how they work in order to find the demonic mechanical genius at the heart of the most evil plan London's supernatural world has ever seen.

Downworlders

Alexei de Quincey
  • Species: Vampire
  • Gender: Male
Alexei de Quincey is the head of the London vampire clans. Lady Camille Belcourt reports to the Nephilim that he is killing mortals at his parties, which breaks the Law. In the past, de Quincey had killed one of Camille's lovers because he was a lycanthrope. Alexei has been shown to harbor romantic intentions toward Camille. Magnus also suggests the de Quincey would like to be "more than friends" with him, as well.
Lady Camille Belcourt
  • Species: Vampire
  • Gender: Female
  • Hair Color: Blonde
  • Eye Color: Green
Lady Belcourt is a vampire baronness. In 1878, she is the lover of Magnus Bane. She is also an informant for the London Institute. Because Alexei de Quincey killed her lycanthrope lover, she tells the Nephilim that de Quincey commits murder at his parties. She does this for a chance to watch Tessa shapeshift into her form.
Magnus Bane
  • Species: Warlock
  • Gender: Male
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Green
Magnus Bane is the lover of vampire Lady Camille Belcourt. Tessa uses her shapeshifting ability to take the form of Camille and attends a party at the home of London head vampire Alexei de Quincey along with Will Herondale, who is pretending to be her human pet. Magnus Bane acts as their guide through the house, helping the Nephilim determine that de Quincey has violated the Law. During this, he admires Will's blue eyes and black hair, calling it his favorite combination. This does, of course, match Alec's appearance over a century later.
Brother Enoch
  • Species: Nephilim/ Silent Brother
  • Gender: Male
Brother Enoch is a no faced man who has excellent healing powers. Helps Tessa and her brother Nate.
Mrs. Black
  • Species: Warlock
  • Gender: Female
"The Dark Sisters" is Tessa's name for Mrs. Black and Mrs. Dark, the two sisters who abduct her in order to teach her to Change. They claim to be keeping her brother Nate prisoner as well, using this to motivate Tessa. They plan to sell her into marriage to "the Magister" until the interference of the Shadowhunters. Mrs. Black was beheaded and therefore killed by Will while he was rescuing Tessa from the Dark House.
Mrs. Dark
  • Species: Eidolon demon
  • Gender: Female
"The Dark Sisters" is Tessa's name for Mrs. Black and Mrs. Dark, the two sisters who abduct her in order to teach her to Change. They claim to be keeping her brother Nate prisoner as well, using this to motivate Tessa. They plan to sell her into marriage to "the Magister" until the interference of the Shadowhunters. Mrs. Dark went missing, but reappeared later on, revealing that though her sister was a warlock, she is an Eidolon demon, a shapeshifter. Unlike Tessa, however, she can not "become" those whose appearances she takes on. The demon that was Mrs. Dark is attempting to use necromancy to bring her sister back to life.

Humans

Nathaniel 'Nate' Gray
  • Species: Human
  • Gender: Male
  • Hair Color: Blonde
  • Age: 19
Tessa's charming, roguish, and handsome older brother, whom she has journeyed to London to live with following the death of their Aunt Harriet. She is concerned by his mysterious disappearance, and enlists the aid of the Shadowhunters to help find him. However, the truth behind his disappearance may be more than Tessa can handle. Nate is mundane.
Axel Mortmain
  • Species: Human
  • Gender: Male
  • Hair Color: Gray
  • Eye Color: Green
Axel Mortmain is the son of Dr. Hollingworth Mortmain, who had established a trading company in China dealing in spices, sugar, silk, tea, and likely opium. Axel moved from Shanghai to London a decade or so after his father's death and his subsequent inheritance of the family fortune. A shrewd businessman, he sold his trading company and purchased a company in London that manufactures mechanical equipment used in clocks. He named the business Mortmain and Company, also called Mortmain's. He is actually the Magister, not de Quincy.
Emma Bayliss
  • Species: Human
  • Gender: Female
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Age: 14
Miss Emma Bayliss was a fourteen year old girl that Tessa Changes into while holding her pink hair ribbon. While in the form of Emma, Tessa describes her as being born in Cheapside as one of six children. She earned her keep by sewing at night. One night, when she went outside to sew by the light of the gas lamps, she was murdered. Her body is discovered by Will and Jem. Emma Bayliss was presumably murdered by a member the Pandemonium Club, possibly "The Magister" himself. There is evidence of this because Jem finds a knife with two snakes on it. (A double "Ouroboros").

The Clave

Frederick Ashdown
  • Species: Nephilim/Shadowhunter
  • Gender: Male
A member of the clave. He helps defeat de Quincy and crew.
George Penhallow
  • Species: Nephilim/Shadowhunter
  • Gender: Male
A member of the clave. He helps defeat de Quincy and crew.
Lilian Highsmith
  • Species: Nephilim/Shadowhunter
  • Gender: Female
A member of the clave. She helps defeat de Quincy and crew.
Benedict Lightwood
  • Species: Nephilim/Shadowhunter
  • Gender: Male
A member of the clave. He helps defeat de Quincy and crew.
Gabriel Lightwood
  • Species: Nephilim/Shadowhunter
  • Gender: Male
A member of the clave. He helps defeat de Quincy and crew.
Aunt Callida
  • Species: Nephilim/Shadowhunter
  • Gender: Female
A member of the clave. She helps defeat de Quincy and crew.
Consul Wayland
  • Species: Nephilim/Shadowhunter
  • Gender: Male
A member of the clave. He helps defeat de Quincy and crew.

Workers

Sophie Collins
  • Species: Human
  • Gender: Female
  • Occupation: Maid
Sophie Collins is the maid of the institute.
Agatha
  • Species: Human
  • Gender: Female
  • Occupation: Chef
Agatha is the chef of the institute.
Thomas
  • Species: Human
  • Gender: Male
  • Occupation: Driver, fighter
Thomas was a person of diverse jobs that worked at the institute.
Miranda
  • Species: Clockwork
  • Gender: Female
  • Occupation: Maid
Miranda is a clockwork creature who worked for the Dark Sisters.


Book II: Clockwork Prince (December 6, 2011)

Book Description

The special Collector’s First Edition will include a never-before-seen letter from Will to his family!

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, though 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.

Book III: Clockwork Princess (December 1, 2012)

Tessa and her companions travel all over the world as they race to stop the clockwork army before it's too late. Jem's health worsens alarmingly and his friends search desperately for a cure. Tessa tries to choose between the two boys she loves — even if it means never seeing the other one again.

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