This trilogy is the well-loved prequel to The Mortal Instruments.
It tells the story of Tessa, a young American girl, who travels to London in search of her brother. She finds herself in a world of magic, werewolves, demons, vampire and worst of all humans. People keep expecting things from her. She’s supposed to be special, but Tessa has never felt special before. She’s just an ordinary girl, right?
Throughout these three books, you’ll find out all about the shadowhunter history. Cassandra Clare manages to build an intricate world with lots of interesting characters.
Tessa really is a girl of her time. The Victorian rules on how a woman is supposed to behave, are deeply embedded in the way she looks at the world. So when the shadowhunter women train and fight in boys clothes, it takes her a moment to get over her surprise. What I liked most about Tessa is her love for books. There are so many great quotes relating to the joy of reading. She’s an easy character to relate to. I also love how strong she gets as the story progresses.
Even though I’m not a fan of love triangles, I found this one pretty well balanced. Although I had a favourite from the beginning (you can guess if you want.. you’re chances are 50/50 😉 ), they represent a completely different kind of love and that’s what makes it work.
There are many great characters through out the books. I liked Sophie’s loyalty, Henri’s clumsiness, Will’s sarcastic remarks and Jem’s gentle nature alongside Charlotte’s strength.
By the end, I did find the amount of characters a bit overwhelming because they all demand to have their stories told. So even though I did like all of the side characters, I couldn’t help but feel as if they held the story back.
I flew through these books. I enjoyed the many literary references (a book about books… 😍 what more does one want) and the balance in action and explanation.
I have to admit, by the end of book three, I had lost interest but then came the epilogue and I cried and cried and cried. I don’t want to say too much, if you read the book, you’ll understand. It had to do with the first part of the epilogue. I don’t know, it just hit me. It was beautiful and painful at the same time. I loved it.
Will I be reading The Mortal Instruments next?
I don’t think so, not right away anyway… I really liked the setting of these three books and what if I don’t like the other books? I don’t want to spoil the image I have now.
What matters most is, that after reading these books, I’m finally allowed to use this quote whenever I want.