Title: Clockwork Angel, Book 1 in The Infernal Devices Trilogy
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
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) 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.
If you read and loved Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series but were worried that this prequel series wouldn’t live up to those books (I know, Jace Wayland is not in them but it’s going to be okay, I promise) your worries are for naught. I really enjoyed this series—not more, but nearly as much as TMI—and I was pleasantly surprised at how many characters from Mortal Instruments made appearances in Clockwork Angel (believe me, it’s more than you think!).
If you haven’t read Mortal Instruments, Clockwork Angel is still a great story of good versus evil, sexy Shadowhunters (half human/half angel warriors) and hilarious characters, though I recommend you read Mortal Instruments first to get a better idea of the context for this book.
My main issue with the book was that it started off slow. There’s a lot that happens to Tessa before she meets the Shadowhunters and the plot really takes off and it’s not the most exciting stuff which makes the book hard to get into. Stick with it, though!
I give it: 4 out of 5 stars.
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