These books follow a shape-shifter named Theresa (Tessa) Gray, who moves from New York to London due to the death of her Aunt Harriet. She is told that her brother would be waiting for her, but instead, she is abducted by two evil witches named Mrs. Dark and Mrs. Black. They torture her and force her to shape-shift into people who have died often violent deaths.
The series is a trilogy instead of a longer storyline like the original, but it is just as action-packed and mesmerizing. Like I’ve said before, Cassandra Clare was born to be an author.
The first thing that I loved about the series was that Clare used ideals and language that are associated with the time period she was writing about. I loved how historically accurate she made Tessa’s thoughts on the role of women, romance, and violence. It really brought me into the world that she was trying to create.
I also loved the characterization and tie-in to her original series. I would literally gasp and point to words on the page when I remembered details from The Mortal Instruments that were foreshadowed by The Infernal Devices plotline. For instance, Magnus Bane was a huge part of this series, and of course, he’s a huge character in The Mortal Instruments.
There wasn’t anyone like Tessa in the original series until Tessa herself made an appearance in the concluding novel, so it was interesting to read about Tessa’s shape-shifting abilities. It was a new twist that was interesting and different compared to the first Cassandra Clare books that I read.
There was something I didn’t like about the series. In the first storyline, we all fell in love with Jace Lightwood with his hard shell that Clary eventually cracks. However, in The Infernal Devices, there’s basically a carbon copy of Jace. He’s even from the Herondale family (Jace’s birth family). Because of this, I felt like the romance element of the book was kind of already used and a bit stale. Tessa struggled against her feelings for Will like Clary did for Jace.
Plus, Jem played the role of Simon from The Mortal Instruments as the “I’m sort of in love with you but not enough” character. Just like Jacob in Twilight. And, there was an evil brother in both book series. Maybe these parallels were on purpose, but I still thought that they made the plotline just a touch predictable.
I’ll admit that I haven’t finished the series yet even though I’m writing my post. I’m almost halfway through the third book out of three, so there could be a twist that will change my mind on what I just described. Despite the similarities between the two series, I’m enjoying reading The Infernal Devices. The plots aren’t too much alike, and there are a lot of twists that I didn’t expect.
I’m excited to continue reading the series, and hopefully I’ll finish it soon. Maybe I’ll tell you later what I thought of the ending. Happy kommenting :)