What a great story. I have always enjoyed the Shadowhunter story lines and this book is no exception. One of the reason’s I am enjoying this series so much I feel is the Victorian era setting. The social beliefs and practices of that time would make a fair challenge to writers trying to add fantasy fiction. However, it seems Cassandra Clare seems to have no issue of building a great story from this time period, producing a fantastic epic fantasy series in The Infernal Instruments.
The storyline itself and the writing style really makes the book a page turner for most readers. There is just enough romance to keep readers wondering what will happen between the characters, almost as much as what will happen in the next adventure the characters are about to embark upon. The books are fairly easy to read, and have just enough language of the Victorian era to make it delightful to follow.
Jem remains my favorite character. His kindness and sensitivity toward everyone in the institute makes him more or less an all around nice guy. Hoewever, recent revelations have made me consider Will a little more completley. He has more of an unfortunate past than I had first assumed giving him a much more alluring personality. I have also found myself feeling more in touch with Tessa. Her character is maturing as the books continue in this saga. She is much more interesting and and brave in this book. She is no where near as innocent as she first seems to be and I feel much more connected with her storyline.
Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this, the second book, in the series, and I feel that there would be many fantasy fiction lovers would enjoy this series for a number of reasons. Mostly for the magical fantasy of the world the author has created. I recommend this book to the young adult age group and older. I believe that younger readers would really enjoy this. I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.