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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.
Includes the never-before-seen short story Magnus''s
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.