Thursday, 23 July 2015

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare | Rachel Recommends #5

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them...

Today , I am recommending one of my favourite series of all time , The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. I think that it is about time that I write a post about why I love it so I hope you like the sound of it. There are three books : Clockwork Angel , Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess.

The Infernal Devices are set in London during the latter part of the Victorian Era , which is one of my favourite times in history to learn about and is made better by the constant threat of demons and other fantastical creatures. You may or may not know Shadowhunters from Clare's first series The Mortal Instruments but you do not need to read either to understand the other. I personally prefer The Infernal Devices so if you didn't like TMI (or you saw the movie and decided never to stand within 10 metres of the series) you might still like this!

The characters in this series are some of my favourites of all time. It's written in 3rd person so we get to know lots of characters! We have our main characters Tessa Gray , Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs who have one of the best relationships I have ever read (also the most painful) and are *gulp* part of a love triangle. Don't let that throw you off though , this triangle plays out differently than any others I know. There are also amazing side characters that we follow. The women in this series show us the different types of difficulties that women had during that time and I found that so interesting and shocking.

We also see how England itself was in the late 1800s and the differences between the classes and the history nerd in me was squeeling. Even if history is not your thing , the fantasy is intriguing and thrilling! Sometimes the story parallels with The Mortal Instruments so if you have read TMI , it's fun to look at everyone's ancestors and how they are similar or different to them!

If you like fantasy and historical fiction then this is absolutely the series for you! I still think of this series very often and the characters will stay with me for life. It's one of those series that you feel better off as a person after reading it.

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