As other reviewers have pointed out, this book is remarkably similar to the first book in The Mortal Instruments series, which can be a good thing or a bad thing: good if you loved that series so much that you just want more of the same; bad if you wanted something new. You'd think it would be quite different with a setting in a different century, but I kept forgetting it was set in the past and then I'd be reminded by someone saying, "But women are weak!" or someone else putting on a corset. The steampunk element was also diluted by the fact that spells could be as responsible as technology for creating useful tools or terrible monsters. It was sometimes hard to tell if something was magical or mechanical--or both. But it doesn't really matter what I think because devoted fans of the series will drool over the swoony romance and race breathlessly through the action scenes.