I found this book surprisingly satisfying considering I couldn't even finish Clare's other series. I think it had to do with the tone of this novel and the historical context in contrast with the other. Certainly the plots are quite simliar. I enjoyed Tessa as a heroine much more than Clary and for whatever reason found the love story to be more interesting. I liked this book and I'm very looking forward to the next installment. Although I do wish that sometimes authors would just write stand alone books, it seems as though everything is a series these days.