I love these characters. I love the chemistry and the forbiddance of half of their relationships.
Tessa has a pull to both of the young men staying at the Institute. Will, with his shut off manner and Jem, with his kindness and gentleness. Will is bipolar with how he treats Tessa. He is passionate and out of control one minute and the next he is saying how they can never be anything because she isn’t a shadowhunter and she is below him. Jem, is always kind and always sweet and always there for her and helping her.
You would think the choice is obvious, but when you learn Will’s side of the story and why he has to do what he has to do… you will be as confused as I am as to what team you will be on.
Is there really a team though? These boys are more than best friends and more than brothers; Will and Jem are Parabatai: Nephilim warriors who fight together as lifelong partners, bound together by oath. Their bond reflects on their closeness and willingness to lay down their lives for one another.
Basically, they are married but not in love or doing other married stuff. Being Parabatai is compared to a marriage a lot in these books.
So this is the typically “love triangle” but with one side of it being in love but not romantically…?
Then there is Jessamine, the other young shadowhunter living at the Institute. Sneaking out in the middle of the night in boy clothes? What in the world is she doing?
Charlotte and Henry, the leaders of the London Institute, are in a little bit of a pickle. Benedict Lightwood has challenged Charlotte (because everyone knows that she is the one actually leading and Henry is down playing with mechanical things) for the Institute. He says that a woman can’t lead like a man (my blood boiled just reading that) and that he would be better to lead it. So Charlotte’s little group of shadowhunters has two weeks to find the Magister and stop him from building an army.
Not as easy.
Wait… who is the Magister? What Army you ask? Well he is just a human building mechanical people to get revenge on ________________________!!!!
Clare’s writing, again, has rocketed. She has learned to tell her twisted stories more clearly and elegantly. The Mortal Instruments series was such a great story, but I didn’t like her writing style at all. It was totally her first book, which by all means does give her an excuse, and she needed more practice writing. Well, she got more practice and how her books have a higher rating in writing with me as well.
Clare has a way of telling a story and making you feel bad for someone that usually you wouldn’t have. She makes an impossible situation seem completely plausible when she wants it to and she makes you feel hopeless when she wants you to. A writer who can control your emotions like that is a writer that I want to read. It isn’t the story itself, but it is in the writing. I have a lot to learn from the way that she words.
This series is better than the first. Don’t give up because her writing seems childish in the beginning. This second series breaks and mends my heart and is worth getting through the first one. Because Lady Midnight, the first book of the third series, is one of the best things you will ever read and you can’t read that one without reading the first two series.