I have read the Mortal Instruments series and found it to be amazing but it is nothing compared to this amazing prequel series! I was hooked from the very first page and I couldn't put it down. This is one saga I can't wait to see the rest of! I recognized some familiar faces in this story (Magnus Bane anyone?) and was surprised at how well made the new ones were. I think my favorite characters were Will and Jem because they are so unique...not to mention attractive. I also loved the author's unique take on shapeshifting, whereby the main character Tessa can also take on the forms of the deceased as well as the living and those she transforms into speak through her.