Title: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry
Source: My personal copy purchased via Amazon.
Summary via Goodreads:
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.
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
I recently finished City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare, the 5th book in the Mortal Instruments series. I wanted to start the Infernal Devices series before I read City of Heavenly Fire. I really enjoyed this book. I don’t usually enjoy prequel type books, but this one was fantastic.
Unlike the Mortal Instruments series, Clockwork Angel is set in London. I think the location worked so well with this book. It was almost like its own character. It added another layer to the story.
I really like Tessa. She is thrown into this Shadowhunter world and has to figure out who’s who and what’s what. She is incredibly loyal to her brother, even while knowing he may not deserve that loyalty. She is brave and not afraid to stand up for herself, or at least try.
Jem and Will were very nice characters. They were almost complete opposites, but their friendship was so genuine and believable . Jem was kind and thoughful. Will was self centered and sometimes just plain mean.
Whether you have read the Mortal Instruments series or not, I highly recommend you read this book. I’m sure it won’t be long before I jump into the next one.
Thanks for reading my review. Happy Tuesday!