Last year (I swear it wasn’t that long ago), I started reading The Infernal Devices series, written by Cassandra Clare, which I soon learnt was actually a spin-off of The Mortal Instruments series, which is actually the more popular and well-known of the two.  It follows the mythical world of Shadowhunters, who have the responsibility of keeping the balance between Downworlders (vampires, warlocks etc) and Mundanes (humans) intact.  Of course this doesn’t always go to plan.

Now technically neither have, as of yet, been released onto the silver screen, but there is a movie in the works for the first Mortal Instruments series.  And considering how awesome Clockwork Angel was, I’m sure that the Infernal Devices will soon follow suit…right?

Clockwork Angel, which is set late in the 19th century, follows the story of Tessa Gray, a seemingly normal teenage girl who moves to London to meet up with her brother Nathaniel.  However, when she arrives, instead of meeting up with Nate she is captured by two dreadful women, known only as The Dark Sisters.  Over a period of weeks, while Tessa is imprisoned, she learns about the seedy underworld that she never knew existed.  The Dark Sisters themselves are warlocks and they force her to do her own form of magic for their own uses.  Never before realising, Tessa has the ability to shape-shift, not only taking on the appearance of a person, but also reading their emotions and thoughts.

After six weeks Tessa is found by Shadowhunters Will Herondale and James (Jem) Carstairs, and taken back to their Institute, where she is met by other Shadowhunters her age.  While originally Tessa believes herself to be saved, she soon realises that she’s far deeper than ever, when she realises that a far worse villain than The Dark Sisters is after her.

While the writing in this series isn’t particularly fantastic, which may be in part because it is directed towards a Young Adult audience, I felt that that could be easily ignored by the storyline, and the depth of the characters.  For the first time since Twilight, I have found a good love triangle to sink my teeth into, and unlike with Edward and Jacob, I still haven’t decided whether I want Tessa to end up with Will or Jem; both have their positive and negative qualities.

On top of that, while the central plot line is interesting, and (I assume, though only two books have been released so far) will span the entire series, the little character plot lines that run throughout each book are just as entertaining.

What do you think of The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments?  Have you read any of these books?  Heard of them?  Excited for the release?

Keep posted, the review for Clockwork Prince will be up soon!

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