Tessa, a sixteen-year-old orphan, travels solo across the Atlantic to Victorian England to join her brother in London. But her brother doesn't meet her at the port--the Dark Sisters do. The Sisters keep Tessa captive while teaching her to use her "talent." Tessa can change into anyone else, dead or alive, as long as she holds something of that person. Spooky, huh? Eventually Tessa is rescued by the Shadowhunters (recognizable from the Mortal Instruments series) and she is thrust into a fight between the Shadowhunters and the Magister of the Downworlders.
I loved this book more than any in her other series and anxiously await the second title. She has a way of combining werewolves, vampires, humans and automatons together. Love that Clare conquered steampunk!