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 – Present
Media typePrint (paperback)
Audiobook
 
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The Infernal Devices
AuthorCassandra Clare
CountryUnited States, Canada
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Young-Adult Literature
PublisherSimon & Schuster
PublishedAugust 31, 2010 – Present
Media typePrint (paperback)
Audiobook

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. This series takes place in Victorian England, ten years after the peace treaties between the demon-fighting Shadowhunters and Downworlders (vampires, fairies, werewolves, and warlocks) was signed. As Shadowhunters consider themselves superior or purer than Downworlders and demons, they may have few qualms about killing either. The first book in The Infernal Devices is entitled Clockwork Angel and begins the story of Tessa Gray, an orphaned teenage girl who is looking for her brother Nate 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 set in Victorian England.

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.

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 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, abilities that plunge her into a world she never knew existed, and she will have to learn to master them if she wants to find her brother Nate. To do this, she will have to forge an alliance with Shadowhunters if she wants to survive in this dangerous world.

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

Characters[edit]

16-year old who has lived normally for most of her life in New York until her brother Nate sends her a ticket to come to England. Upon arrival however, Tessa is taken captive by the women who introduce her own abilities to her, inevitably pulling her into the world in the Shadow World. Tessa is an American woman from New York. Her allegiance is with the Enclave. Later on in the series, herself and everyone around her (even the Silent Brothers) haven't the slightest hint in what she derives from–all is known is that she is half Eidolon, a warlock that bears no mark. She is grey eyes and brown hair. She is torn between Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs.

17-year old that chose to become a part of the Shadow World at the mere age of 12. He was born in Wales, can fluently speak both Welsh and English (along with Greek, Latin and many more languages), leaving a trace of an accent whenever he speaks. He is half-Welsh (from his mother Linette Herondale neé Owens), half-Shadowhunter (Edmund Herondale). His parabatai was Jem Carstairs. His allegiance is with the Enclave. He is known to have dark blue eyes, and dark black hair. He has a dry sense of humour and phobia of ducks, a trait that a majority of the Herondales seem to possess. During the course of 3 books, he falls in love with Tessa Gray.

17 years old, he was forced to live in the London Institute after the slaughter of his parents from the Shanghai Institute. He lives on the drug yin fen that slowly kills him but if he were to stop he would die. Being half-Chinese (from mother Ke Wen Yu) and half-English (from father Jonah Carstairs). His allegiance is with the Enclave. His "parabatai" is Will Herondale. He has silver eyes (they would be dark if it weren't for his illness) and silver hair (it would be midnight black if it weren't for his illness). Jem falls in love with Tessa Gray.

Jessamine is a Shadowhunter who detest everything about being a Shadowhunter. Despite loathing the Shadowhunter life, Jessamine can be dangerous if she wants to be. She lost her parents when she was a child.

Absent-minded and brilliant, Henry spends his waking hours in the crypt of the Institute, inventing fabulous machines and weapons out of cogs, cams and gears. Unfortunately just as many of Henry's inventions don't work as the ones that do, and Henry is as likely to set himself on fire as he is to invent something new and amazing. He invented the portal with the help of one magnificent, Magnus Bane.

Twenty-three-year-old Charlotte runs the entire Institute with a capable hand. Kind and loving, she does her best to care for the orphaned Shadowhunters who live under her roof whilst hiding her loneliness from the absent-minded husband she loves. It seems as if there's nothing Charlotte can't manage — until Tessa's search for her missing brother begins to uncover a web of corruption and deceit in London's Downworld that threatens to tear London's Enclave of Shadowhunters apart.

The villain in this series and he's the one responsible for the clockwork creatures. He wants to destroy all Shadowhunters to avenge his warlock parents.

A warlock who's origins reside in Indonesia. He is flamboyant, but also wise. Early on, he has a romantic relationship with a Vampire, Camille Belcourt. Magnus is a friend of Will Herondale, and aids him - and the other Shadowhunters - with various problems they encounter throughout the series.

Releases[edit]

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

Reception[edit]

The series has received much positive critical reception, averaging a score of 4.7/5 on Goodreads.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FAQs". Cassandraclare.com. Retrieved 2011-12-16. 

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