Cassandra Clare also wrote a trilogy as prequel to the Mortal Instruments series. The first book in the Infernal Devices series is Clockwork Angel. This series is set in the 1800s so pretty far in advance of the Mortal Instruments books. Many of the last names are recognizable although it is hard to place what relation they are to the Mortal Instruments characters. This book centers around Tessa Gray. She has traveled to London from New York because of a ticket her brother sent her. Before she is ale to reunite with him, she is imprisoned by the Dark Sisters. They are interested in a power Tessa wasn’t even aware she had. She can change into anyone as long as she has an object that belongs to them. She is also able to tap into their thoughts and memories which allows her to act as they would have. The Dark Sisters treat Tessa very poorly, giving her terrible living conditions and pushing her changing abilities to the brink. She is physically and emotionally exhausted. Will Herondale breaks into the Dark Sisters home looking for someone else but helps Tessa to escape.
Tessa stays at the London Institute where she meets numerous other Shadowhunters. She gains a great amount of information about herself. Her changing power is similar to that of others but her ability to tap into thoughts and memories makes her power unique. She has powers like a Warlock but does not bare the same demon mark. Basically, her existence is unique and she is unable to get specific information about herself.
The Magister wants Tessa for her power and is furious when the Dark Sisters allow her to escape. He creates an army of animatrons (robot people) to help him try to capture her. The Magister also has Nathaniel, Tessa’s brother, on his side. With Nathaniel’s help the Magister is able to infiltrate the Institute. However, Tessa is able to overcome and trick the Magister, and Will arrives just in time to scare him away.
So far I like this series. I like that Tessa is a strong and confident woman. She is very good at sticking to her guns and not being swayed from what she wants. Will is kind of annoying, but I have hopes that he will grow on me. I think he is confused and a little more back story on him will explain why he acts like such a jerk sometimes. I have the next book on hold at the library so hopefully I get to read that soon.