Okay. Wow. I don’t even know where to begin honestly. I have been a big fan of the Shadowhunter world from day one. I fell in love with Clary, Jace and the NY crew in The Mortal Instruments and was even more impressed with Tessa, Will, and Jem in The Infernal Devices. While I have slight problems with some of the books, I have read, re-read, and recommended them all over and over again. This book as the start of a new series was no exception.
I want to first say that even though I think I will always relate the most with Tessa for numerous reasons, Emma is now my #1 favorite lead. She’s strong, witty, is fully confident in her role in the Shadow realm, and she is basically just amazing. Julian. Oh my poor Jules. I saw people complaining about how they weren’t going to read this series because Julian was just going to be another Jace and Will and that it was getting too repetitive. I AM HERE TO TELL YOU OTHERWISE The only thing that Julian has in common with those two troublemakers is that he loves just as passionately as they do. Otherwise he is a lot softer–not weak, but just soft-hearted. He has fathered his younger siblings since he was twelve years old and as we find out, he has taken care of so much more than that. Christina, a second female lead, is amazing, is an excellent friend for Emma, and is a buffer for Mark after he comes back from the Faerie lands. Can I just say that I am just so in love with all of the Blackthornes?! Because I am. This whole family has stolen my heart. I cannot even put into words how much I already love them all and want good things for them–especially Ty.
As for the story line–it is also AMAZING. I knew that the story was based on the poem of Annabel Lee but I had no idea that it was going to turn out how it did. No spoilers here but I’ll tell you it’s heart-wrenching. ARGH. Luckily I have my hands on Lord of Shadows, the second book in the series. Even though up to this point I have love TID the best, I think this might surpass it. Especially with Emma and Julian. How they love each other. I am so nervous for how that will pan out, I really am. Like my heart already had a huge crack in it for them by the end.
As I mentioned before, there were a few problems here or there that mostly deal with me being frustrated with Clare for starting too many series at the same time but other than that–this was pure gold. I cannot wait to get into book two.