The Infernal Devices

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The Infernal Devices
AuthorCassandra Clare
CountryUnited States, Canada
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Young-Adult Literature
PublisherSimon & Schuster
PublishedAugust 31, 2010 – March 19, 2013
Media typePrint (paperback)
Audiobook
Followed byThe Mortal Instruments
 
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The Infernal Devices
AuthorCassandra Clare
CountryUnited States, Canada
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Young-Adult Literature
PublisherSimon & Schuster
PublishedAugust 31, 2010 – March 19, 2013
Media typePrint (paperback)
Audiobook
Followed byThe Mortal Instruments

The Infernal Devices is a series of novels by author Cassandra Clare, centering on a race called the Shadowhunters introduced in her The Mortal Instruments series. The series is a prequel series to the Mortal Instruments series, and contains some of the character's ancestors. Clare has insisted that the series' can be read in any order.[1]

The series follows Tessa Gray, an orphaned teenage girl who discovers she has the power to shapeshift, but doesn't bear a mark that shows she is a warlock, and abilities that plunge her into a world she never knew existed. She will have to learn to master them if she wants to find her brother Nate and she will have to forge an alliance with Shadowhunters if she wants to survive in this dangerous world.

The trilogy features Will Herondale, Jem Carstairs, Tessa Gray, and other Downworlders and Shadowhunters in the London Institute.

The books also contain many quotes referring to famous pieces of Victorian Literature like Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, and the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Alfred Tennyson.

Synopsis[edit]

The series takes place in Victorian England, a short time after the peace treaties between Downworlders and Shadowhunters. As Shadowhunters consider themselves superior or purer than Downworlders or demons, they may have no qualms about killing either.

The first book in The Infernal Devices is entitled Clockwork Angel and begins the story of Tessa Gray, an orphan teenage girl who is looking for her brother Nathaniel Gray, who has disappeared, and seeks her true identity.

Her search plunges her into a world she never knew existed, and reveals talents she never knew she had. She will have to learn to master them if she wants to find her brother, and must forge an alliance with Shadowhunters if she wants to survive in this dangerous world. Many of the family names of the Shadowhunters used in The Mortal Instruments are first introduced in this series. Another character in The Infernal Devices, Magnus Bane, the High Warlock of Brooklyn, also plays a part in this series.

As Tessa Gray is drawn deeper into the Shadow world, and goes on the quest of finding her brother, she falls in love with two Shadowhunters–but when it comes to choosing one, trouble begins to brew and suspense finds its way into her life. She will have to learn to hide her feelings if she hopes to survive. However, as her heart rages for love but her mind is bent on saving her brother, will she hide her vulnerable side? Which of the shadowhunters will win her heart?

Characters[edit]

Publication History[edit]

  1. Clockwork Angel (published August 31, 2010)
  2. Clockwork Prince (published December 6, 2011)
  3. Clockwork Princess (published March 19, 2013)[2]

Reception[edit]

The series has received much positive critical reception, with the first book averaging a score of 4.3/5 on Goodreads.[3]

Film[edit]

Cassandra Clare has confirmed that "The Infernal Devices has been optioned as a film project by the same people who optioned The Mortal Instruments."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Infernal Devices - Cassandra Clare". Cassandraclare.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  2. ^ "FAQs". Cassandraclare.com. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 
  3. ^ "Clockwork Angel - Goodreads". Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  4. ^ "Is The Infernal Devices going to be a movie? - Cassandra Clare". Retrieved 2014-09-15. 

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