Gently, the tide is rising,
corrupting the mechanism.
Salt, rust, and silt
slowing the gears.
Down at the banks"Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still."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. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.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." — back coverThe trilogy is written by Cassandra Clare as a prequel to her previous series, The Mortal Instruments. Clockwork Princess, the third and final book in the series has been released. This series has a character sheet, so please put all character-related tropes there.Not to be confused with the third book of the Mortal Engines quartet, or with K.W. Jeter's seminal steampunk novel.
— Thames River Song, Elka Cloke
This series provides examples of: