Well, this book was just as good as the first, if not better. There was a lot of action and just as much romance, although not so much with the two people I wanted the romance to happen with. I'm completely team Will and I do not get my way in the second book. I'm hoping things will change in the final book. While on the topic of romance, I just love the blossoming romance between Gideon and Sophie. Although it hasn't quite happened yet, I'm also hoping that these two get together. She deserves him but she needs to get over the fact that she is a servant and stop thinking that this means they cannot be together.
My favorite character in this book (aside from Will of course) was Jessamine. Yes... she was impossible. Yes...she was selfish. Yes...she was kind of stupid too. I felt sad for her. She never got over the death of her parents and the life that she lost. She dreamed of a life she could not have and although her choices were usually bad ones, she just wanted to be normal and leave the life of downworlders and shadowhunters behind. I hated her sometimes as I was reading but I also understood where she was coming from. She did not end up in a good place at the end of this book but I'm still hoping to see more of her in the third book.
Jem got on my nerves in this book. Too sappy. I do feel bad that he is dying but I go a bit tired of his puppy dog eyes and declarations of love. Other than that, I loved every piece of this story. We still don't know for sure why Mortmain wants Tessa but I wonder, since his father was a warlock, if her wants her to change in the hopes that his father will return from the dead and she will be lost forever... just a thought.
My dreams for the third book? I don't want Jem to die but I don't want him with Tessa either. I want Will and Tessa together, Gideon an Sophie together, Jessamine to somehow redeem herself and find what she is looking for, and an epic battle where Mortmain is defeated, leaving our shadowhunter heroes to live in peace. Sounds perfect... I've only to open the next book and begin to read.