The Infernal Devices
|Country||United States, Canada|
|Genre||Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Young-Adult Literature|
|Publisher||Walker Books (UK, Australia, New Zealand)|
|Published||August 31, 2010 – Present|
|Media type||Print (paperback)
|Preceded by||The Mortal Instruments|
The Infernal Devices is a series of novels by author Cassandra Clare, centering on a race called the Shadowhunters introduced in her Mortal Instruments series. This series takes place in Victorian England, ten years after the peace treaties between the demon-fighting Shadowhunters and Downworlders (vampires, fairies, werewolves, and warlocks) was signed. As Shadowhunters consider themselves superior or purer than Downworlders and demons, they may have few qualms about killing either. The first book in The Infernal Devices is entitled Clockwork Angel and begins the story of Tessa Gray, an orphaned teenage girl who is looking for her brother Nate Gray, who has disappeared, and seeks her true identity.
Her search plunges her into a world she never knew existed, and reveals talents she never knew she had. She will have to learn to master them if she wants to find her brother, and must forge an alliance with Shadowhunters if she wants to survive in this dangerous world. Many of the family names of the Shadowhunters used in The Mortal Instruments are first introduced in this series. Another character in The Infernal Devices, Magnus Bane, the High Warlock of Brooklyn, also plays a part in this series set in Victorian England.
As Tessa Gray is drawn deeper into the Shadowhunter world, and goes on the quest of finding her brother, she falls in love with two Shadowhunters - but when it comes to choosing one, trouble begins to brew and suspense finds its way into her life.
The series takes place in Victorian England, in a time before the peace treaties between the Shadowhunters and Downworlders existed. As Shadowhunters consider themselves superior or purer than Downworlders or demons, they may have no qualms about killing either.
The series follows Tessa Gray, an orphaned teenage girl who discovers she has the power to shapeshift, but doesn't bear a mark that shows she is a warlock, abilities that plunge her into a world she never knew existed, and she will have to learn to master them if she wants to find her brother Nate. To do this, she will have to forge an alliance with some Shadowhunters if she wants to survive in this dangerous world.
The series also Will Herondale, Jem Carstairs, and other Downworlders and Shadowhunters in the London Institute
- Theresa "Tessa" Gray
Sixteen-year-old protagonist of the series who has lived normally for most of her life until her brother Nate sends her a ticket to come to England.Upon arrival however, Tessa is taken captive by the women who introduce her own abilities to her, inevitably pulling her into the world of Shadowhunters and demons. Despite often being referred to as a Downworlder, she is in fact a Shadowhunter-Demon hybrid.
- William "Will" Owen Herondale
A Shadowhunter from the London Institute who finds himself drawn to Tessa.
- James "Jem" Carstairs
A Chinese-British Shadowhunter whose parents were killed by a demon called Yanluo who lives on the drug yin fen that slowly kills him but if he were to stop he would die.
- Jessamine "Jessie" Lovelace
Jessamine is one of those Shadowhunters who detest everything about being one. Despite this, Jessamine can be dangerous if she wants to be—to herself as much as to the supernatural creatures she's sometimes forced to encounter.
- Henry Branwell:
Absent-minded and brilliant, Henry spends his waking hours in the crypt of the Institute, inventing fabulous machines and weapons out of cogs, cams and gears. Unfortunately just as many of Henry's inventions don't work as the ones that do, and Henry is as likely to set himself on fire as he is to invent something new and amazing.
- Charlotte Branwell:
Twenty-three-year-old Charlotte runs the entire Institute with a capable hand. Kind and loving, she does her best to care for the orphaned Shadowhunters who live under her roof whilst hiding her loneliness from the absent-minded husband she loves. It seems as if there's nothing Charlotte can't manage — until Tessa's search for her missing brother begins to uncover a web of corruption and deceit in London's Downworld that threatens to tear London's Enclave of Shadowhunters apart.
- Axel Mortmain
The villain in this series and he's the one responsible for the clockwork creatures. He wants to destroy all Shadowhunters to avenge his warlock parents.
- Clockwork Angel (released August 31, 2010)
- Clockwork Prince (released December 6, 2011)
- Clockwork Princess (released March 19, 2013)
- "FAQs". Cassandraclare.com. Retrieved 2011-12-16.