Dimensions: 496 Pages, 5.91 × 8.66 × 1.18 in
Published: August 31, 2010
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1416975861
ISBN - 13: 9781416975861
About the Book
When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks, and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets.
Read from the Book
1 THE DARK HOUSE Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade —William Ernest Henley, “Invictus” “The Sisters would like to see you in their chambers, Miss Gray.” Tessa set the book she had been reading down on the bedside table, and turned to see Miranda standing in the doorway of her small room—just as she did at this time every day, delivering the same message she delivered every day. In a moment Tessa would ask her to wait in the corridor, and Miranda would leave the room. Ten minutes later she’d return and say the same thing again. If Tessa didn’t come obediently after a few of these attempts, Miranda would seize her and drag her, kicking and screaming, down the stairs to the hot, stinking room where the Dark Sisters waited. It had happened every day of the first week that Tessa had been in the Dark House, as she had come to call the place they kept her prisoner, until eventually Tessa had realized that the screaming and kicking didn’t do much good and simply wasted her energy. Energy that was probably better saved for other things. “One moment, Miranda,” Tessa said. The maid bobbed an awkward curtsy and went out of the room, shutting the door behind her. Tessa rose to her feet, glancing around the small room that had been her prison cell for six weeks. It was small, with flowered wallpaper, and sparsely furnished—a plain deal table with a white lace cloth over it where she
From the Publisher
Magic is dangerous-but love is more dangerous still. Discover the
riveting first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling
Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally
bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
Magic is dangerous-but love is more dangerous still.
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her
brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen
Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London''s
Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk
stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors
dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret
organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that
she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to
transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister,
the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim
Tessa''s power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of
the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use
her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by-and
torn between-two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a
deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile
moods keep everyone in his life at arm''s length . . . everyone,
that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart
of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters,
Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her
brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that
love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
About the Author
Cassandra Clare was born in Teheran, Iran and spent much of her childhood travelling the world with her family. After college, Cassie lived in Los Angeles and New York where she worked at various entertainment magazines. Cassie started working on The Mortal Instruments series in 2004. City of Bones, A New York Times Bestseller, is the first book in the series and received numerous awards including: Finalist for the Locus Award for Best First Novel of 2007, An American Library Association Teens Top Ten Award winner, 2008, Winner of The 2010 Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award, and Winner of the 2010 Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice Award. She has gone on to write several more books in The Mortal Instruments series as well as its companion series The Infernal Devices. She is also the author of Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd.
"Top Pick! Readers will be thrilled and amazed with this prequel to
The Mortal Instruments, tearing their way through a beautifully
constructed story of action, magic, mayhem, and romance. Fans and
newcomers alike will be enchanted by Clare''s fantastical world and
left begging for more!" - Romantic Times Book Reviews