Book 3 (Book 1: The Gathering Storm, Book 2: The Unfailing Light)
St. Petersburg, Russia, 1890. Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, wants to be known as a doctor, not a necromancer. But Tsar Alexander III forbids women to attend medical school; his interest in Katerina extends only to her ability to raise the dead. Twice now, Katerina has helped him by using her power to thwart the forces of darkness—vampires bent on resurrecting the lich tsar Konstantin Pavlovich so that he can take what he sees as his rightful place on the throne. Katerina thought she had bound Konstantin to the Greylands, the realm of the dead, but he has found a way out. Now he is searching for the Morning Star, a sword that will allow him to command a legion of supernatural warriors. Katerina must find the sword before Konstantin does—and she must travel to Egypt to do so. Along the way, she puts up with unwanted attention from her former fiancé, the nefarious Prince Danilo, and struggles with her feelings for her true love, George Alexandrovich. But with the looming threat from Konstantin, Katerina’s focus remains on the sword. Russia’s fate will be determined by whoever wields the Morning Star—and delivers the final blow.
I love this series. It is beautifully written and the setting is so captivating that takes you right into the time period and country. What I love about these books is the diverse range of character types and characters as well as the fact that you are transported to the locations Katerina goes to. We get a very clear picture on Egypt from that time period which was really neat but I don’t like the deviation away from Russia. I loved the very Russian feel of the first book and I just wished that this book could have remained in the country. Katerina for the most part seemed like a helpless heroine all the time. I liked that she wants to study medicine and her dreams are so strong that she is never deterred from fulfilling it but she also had a calling as a necromancer and she never answered it or wanted anything to do with it. George Alexandrovich was barely in the book and I wanted more of him with Katerina because they both seem so complete and stronger when they are together. I liked having more Danilo but he was blurred so much with Konstantin that it was hard to separate the two. A lot of the book felt rushed and a little bit of a cheat. For example the return of someone past dead made Katerina no long necessary, Danilo’s decision at the end, zombie creatures barely made any appearance or difference, why introduce the Gregori (though I like the lore) when they didn’t do much, and the battle wasn’t very big or epic like I hoped. I didn’t like the end of the book since it seemed boring. I do love this series and would definitely recommend it.
Book 2 (Book 1: Infinite Days)
A new year is beginning at Wickham Boarding School. A new chance at life, at reversing the evil in my past. But nothing is ever as simple it seems… Last year, the love of my life died performing a ritual to fulfill my one wish and make me human. And now I’ve performed the same ritual for my friend Vicken – and survived. Why am I here, back safe on Wickham campus? The strong magic I used in the ritual did more than just make Vicken human. It drew someone to Lover’s Bay who does not belong here. She wants the ritual. Then she wants me dead. And she will take down any and everyone in my life to get what she wants. As if that weren’t enough, the ritual has also summoned the anger of the Aeris, the four elements and most fundamental powers on earth. They have a surprise and an unbearable punishment for me – like stepping into the sun for the first time, only to be put into a cage. And now I have to make an impossible choice – between love or life, yearning or having, present or past…
I had a lot of hope for this book after enjoying the first book so much but I was a little disappointed. We are once again immersed into the world of vampires and Lenah adjusting once more to being human again. Also, we are introduced to some more supernatural beings and we are told of more supernaturals in the world but besides the beginning introduction of the Aeris, the supernaturals don’t play a very big role. The mentioning of other supernaturals had a lot of promise but since they didn’t make an appearance I was a bit disappointed. The story was mainly about Lenah dealing with a new enemy and was her unyielding feelings for Rhode and when I mean mainly it was essentially all there was to the story. The new enemy seems like a replica of vampire Lenah, complete with her own coven of males. Besides the main female, the others in her Coven aren’t mentioned which was a bit disappointing since knowing more vampires and the vampire world was really interesting. It was similar to the first book in that Lenah’s Coven wasn’t very detailed besides Vicken. Justin was really sweet in the first book and I liked him a lot then but in this book he was different and virtually non existent. This was disappointing since besides talking about love, there was no love in the book. I would say that I liked human Vicken, he was funny at times, but we didn’t get to see him being human which I would have liked to see. Rhode is also in the book but besides just talking about him he didn’t do much. Overall, for something with potential the book is just okay. I wanted more Justin, more Rhode, more romance, human Vicken, less Lenah moping and less of Lenah being weak when she shouldn’t have been.
Book 3 (Book 1: Clockwork Angel, Book 2: Clockwork Prince)
Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.
I read this book awhile ago so these are the thoughts I remember. Beware of spoilers. I’ve never read anything more beautifully written, much swooning and crying was done. I have nothing but praise for this book but I do have some minor comments. First Tessa, I think I can completely understand her mixed feelings and how she could love two men (I’m writing my own story with similar problems). She might not be the most athletic and impressive heroine but she had her own strengths which was her unfaltering love. I never expected Tessa to be half demon and half shadowhunter. My guess was that she was a clockwork creation herself but I really did like this twist and I wonder if it has any influence on Valentine’s behaviour in the mortal instruments. Now Jem, Jem is the sweetest most beautiful fictional character I have read about. I was surprised by Jem really being Brother Zachariah but his “death” seemed so anti climatic that I didn’t think Jem was really dead. I can’t wait to find out how Jem got back to normal and it was really interesting to see him in the present day time and not sick. Will was also sweet and you always secretly rooted for him. Now the love triangle. I found the ending with Will and Tessa being together and then Tessa and Jem getting to be together in the epilogue to be a bit of a cop out but the whole love triangle made me believe so strongly in love. It was nice that love couldn’t be denied by any obstacles and everyone was happy in the end. I wish that Jem and Tessa got to be more together and express their feelings like Will and Tessa did. Not only was the love triangle beautiful but the bromance between Will and Jem was wonderful. I missed the old Jem and Will dynamic that was so strong in the first two books and I didn’t like how Jem was sick this whole book. There wasn’t much plot to the book but more of character development which was nice but also a little disappointing. The many narratives were a bit confusing at times and I found myself wanting to know what was happening with particular individuals rather than other people’s stories. Mortmain wasn’t much of a villain and I found him boring at times but his creations were cool, especially the demon infused clockwork creations. Also, I am so appreciative of the family trees in the 1st edition book which I only just discovered (it’s in the flap of the cover). I recommend this series for the beautiful writing, world, and for so much more.
Book 2 (Book 1: Coven)
Dangerous to be together. Painful to be apart. Savannah Colbert knows she broke up with Tristan Coleman for the right reasons. Most of all, to keep from killing him with her new vampire abilities. But try telling her heart. Now, lost in a sea of hostile Clann faces, Sav tries to come to terms with what she’s becoming and what that means for her future. And that someone is doing their best to bully her into making a terrible mistake. Tristan can’t believe Sav won’t even talk to him. If being apart is her decision, fine. Just don’t expect him to honor it. But even as he prepares to fight for the girl he loves, forces beyond their control take them both in directions neither could have foreseen or prepared for. A reckoning is coming
and not everyone will survive.
So I read this book awhile ago so this section may be short. I really liked this book and there wasn’t too much that I didn’t like about. I do remember feeling that nothing was really happening. There didn’t see to be much plot development and it was more a story about the characters adjusting to being single and with their own changes. There were potential romances for both Savannah and Tristan but it was obvious that they weren’t going to work out and that the two of them would end up together. The ending of the book wasn’t too much of a shock but it should be interesting how everything works out in the next book. I did like Savannah’s dad playing a greater role in the book. I remember feeling that one side (either vampire or witch) was more emphasized in detail but I can’t remember which side that was, only that I was dismayed that the other side wasn’t as explored. Also, on a side not I really dislike the covers for these books. I would recommend this book for people who like a good story, which is something this series does. It never feels like too much but it can be anti climatic.
The next book in the series is called Consume and is due out August 27, 2013.
In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong. When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.
So this was a really cool book. I like the whole concept of exploring the theme of segregation and the issues that arise with it, especially when it is a supernatural setting. I don’t consider this to be a spoiler since you pretty much figure it out in the first chapter but darklings are essentially vampires. But what makes this book different and so much better than most vampire books is that these darklings vary and have different species within their race. Not too much details is given about the different species, more of a small description but it is very cool that the author created such a unique and interesting world around her creatures. Everyone knows that vampires are dead and their heart doesn’t beat but what is interesting in this book is that the darklings have beating hearts, two in fact while the half bloods (half human and half darkling) don’t have a beating heart; it was very zombie like. I won’t go into too much detail about the hearts but it is a very cool concept that the author explains in the book and plays a huge role. I really liked both Ash and Natalie and I loved the romance in the book. Natalie was a bit of a spoiled brat in the beginning of the book and genuinely didn’t realize she was being a snob. However, her character developed and she evolved more. The one thing that bothered me was that Ash struggled a lot with indecision about his love life; this was probably the only criticism about the book. I would have liked there to be more action since there was barely any and I can only hope that the next book delivers on that front. I would definitely recommend this book.
The next book is called Phoenix and comes out June 4, 2013.
Book 2 (Book 1: Darkness Becomes Her)
After the epic graveyard battle at the end of Darkness Becomes Her, Ari and her friends know what they’re up against: Ari is facing the Medusa curse and is haunted by the image of what she will become. To make matters worse, the heinous goddess Athena has kidnapped young Violet and is threatening to destroy Ari. Ari, along with the superhot Sebastian, is doing everything she can to learn more about Athena and to get Violet back. But the battle of good and evil is bigger than she realizes, and she’s about to be pulled into a world more horrific than she could ever imagine.
I really enjoyed this book. I like the mixture of mythology and supernatural things. I just wish the book had more depth. Just the surface of most things seem to be scratched. I would like to know how the other gods died and why they died. I would like to know more about the Novem. I would like to know more about Violet. More information about Ari’s dad would be nice. I would like more romance between Ari and Sebastian. I wish Ari would stop being so helpless. I understand a flawed protagonist but Ari didn’t do much. She found out a lot of information but in regards to her power she didn’t use it. I really like Bran and can’t wait to find out more about him. We do get to learn more about Henri and a glimpse at Bran but that’s all the time the secondary characters get. Athena is a perfect villian and I kind of enjoy this portrayal of her. Sebastian also has a lot of potential. Overall it’s a good book but it could have used more depth.
There is potential for another book.
Book 2 (Book 1: The Gathering Storm)
Having had no choice but to use her power has a necromancer to save Russia from dark forces, Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, now wants to forget that she ever used her special powers. She’s about to set off to pursue her lifelong dream of attending medical school when she discovers that Russia’s arch nemesis–who she thought she’d destroyed–is still alive. So on imperial orders, Katerina remains at her old finishing school. She’ll be safe there, because the empress has cast a potent spell to protect it against the vampires and revenants who are bent on toppling the Tsar and using Katerina for their own gains. But to Katerina’s horror, the spell unleashes a vengeful ghost within the school, a ghost more dangerous than any creature trying to get in.
I love the world that this book takes place. The supernatural mixed with history is perfect. I really like Katerina but she seems to be at times a little pathetic. She has gifts that she doesn’t know how to use properly and she has yet to make an effort to learn them. At the end of the book it seems she is finally going to start acting. In terms of romance, George is rarely in the book. When he does appear the love the two have is obvious but it is very much a tease. There was not nearly enough romance. Danillo was another possible love interest but his involvement in the plot let me down. He could have done so much but it all seemed very half done. In terms of action this book barely had any. Sure there were problems but they didn’t seem to be too urgent or present too much danger. Hopefully the final book makes up for this. However, I would still recommend this book because it is quite a wonderful story.
The final book in the trilogy will be out some time in the future.