Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Publisher: Walker Books
Date: August 2010
Genres: Historical Fiction, Steampunk
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Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.
When sixteen-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.
When I first heard that there would be a prequel series to the Mortal Instruments, I was very skeptical. I had my doubts as to whether it would work and therefore I was very surprised to find that Clockwork Angel was very very good. A breath of fresh air in fact!
This series is set in Victorian era London and so this provided a nice change of scenery from the current day New York setting of the Mortal Instruments. I think this alone gave the book a whole different vibe becuase it seemed to go at a slower pace (but not too slow) than the Mortal Instruments. Don’t get me wrong, I love the quick paced, action filled scenes of the Mortal Instruments but I did like the fact that Clockwork Angel unfolds at a bit more of a manageable pace. We still get some awsome action scenes but the theme of the book just seemed gentler. And I truly loved this.
The characters, though a little similar to those of the original trilogy were also unexpectedly good. Tessa (our protagonist), after being kidnapped upon arrival in London from New York finds herself thrown into the world of the London Shadowhunters. They offer to protect her from her kidnappers in exchange for use of her unusual powers. Powers she did not know she had until her kidnappers brought them to the surface. Sound familiar? As I said, there are some similarities between characters from Mortal Instruments and characters from Infernal Devices and I fully expected to be annoyed by this but happily, that never happened. Eventually I forgot about that, mainly because Cassandra Clare is such an awsome writer and she seems to have this ability to draw me in whether by an action scene or a simple conversation scene, it doesn’t matter what she writes, it just completely blows me away!
I must also take a moment to talk about Will and Jem. Both Shadowhunters. Both potential love interests. Personally I’m team Jem. Mainly becuase I would like the underdog to ‘get the girl’ for a change. But I do like Will too. I look forward to seeing what happens with these 2 chaps in the rest of the series.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed Clockwork Angel. It far exceeded everything I was expecting of it and I enjoyed it just as much as any of the Mortal Instruments books, if not more!