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Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)

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ISBN13: 9781416975861
ISBN10: 1416975861
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This steampunk prequel to the Mortal Instruments series has everything a teen could want. Sixteen-year-old Tessa's introduction to London's Downworld shows her a world of danger and excitement. A dash of romance is added when she meets not one, but two intriguing Shadowhunter boys.
Recommended by Rachael W., Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"This first book in Clare's Infernal Device series, a prequel to her bestselling Mortal Instruments books, opens as Tessa's pleasant life in 1878 New York is coming to an end when her guardian aunt dies. Upon her arrival in London, where her brother lives, Tessa is kidnapped by the Dark Sisters, who force her to learn to use a rare power--shape-shifting--she didn't know she had. Her rescue by a young man named Will leads her to the Shadowhunters--Nephilim descended from humans and angels--who enforce the magical Accords against demons and other creatures. Tessa gets caught between the various players seeking to use her amid a plot to conquer Britain. The events often read as bleakly as the Victorian London weather, punctuated by Clare's trademark humor, empathy, and authentic characters, who fight their own flaws and tragic pasts as often as they do evil. Mysteries, misdirection, and riddles abound, and while there are some gruesome moments, they never feel gratuitous. Fans of the Mortal Instruments series and newcomers alike won't be disappointed. Ages 14 — up. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

When 16-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 beings stalk the gaslit streets.

Synopsis:

This New York Times bestselling author once again shows us that she is a master of world-building and surprising plot-twists. The vast, intricate world, fascinating revelations, and unexpected turns in the final book of the Obsidian Mirror trilogy will appeal to readers of Cassandra Claire, and will satisfy existing fans fully.

 

Synopsis:

Don't miss this New York Times bestselling sequel to the Edgar Award-nominated THE NAME OF THE STAR!

After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Devereaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents. So when her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford, Rory jumps at the chance to get back to her friends. But Rorys brush with the Ripper touched her more than she thought possible: shes become a human terminus, with the power to eliminate ghosts on contact. She soon finds out that the Shades—the citys secret ghost-fighting police—are responsible for her return. The Ripper may be gone, but now there is a string of new inexplicable deaths threatening London. Rory has evidence that the deaths are no coincidence. Something much more sinister is going on, and now she must convince the squad to listen to her before its too late.

In this follow-up to the Edgar Award-nominated THE NAME OF THE STAR, Maureen Johnson adds another layer of spectacularly gruesome details to the streets of London that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

About the Author

Cassandra Clare made her fiction debut with The Mortal Instruments series, which has been on many bestseller lists. Cassandra lives in an old Victorian house in western Massachusetts with her fiancÉ, their cats, and lots and lots of books. Visit her website at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about The Mortal Instruments series at MortalInstruments.com. Learn about her new trilogy The Infernal Devices at TheInfernalDevices.com.

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Kacey, November 12, 2014 (view all comments by Kacey)
Clockwork Angel is the start to my all time favorite series: The Infernal Devices. It wasn't always that way. When Clockwork Angel first came out I was really into the original series, The Mortal Instruments. So when I started reading this book I was in distress! Where's Clary? Jace? All my beloved characters?! I kept reading and soon I became enthralled by the dirty London streets and the gorgeous Victorian dresses. The new main character Tessa, with her book smarts and quiet strength, resounded much more with me than Clary ever did. Seriously a MUST READ!
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Traci Newcomb, July 20, 2014 (view all comments by Traci Newcomb)
A great star to what I hope will be a great series. The characters were funny and very detailed. I can't wait to continue this series and grab the next book.
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Cora, September 1, 2013 (view all comments by Cora)
Last summer, I read Clockwork Angel, the first book of the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. The Trilogy, Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess, is a rollicking, hard hitting, and complex Steampunk Romance set. Recently, I decided to read the rest of the series. I needed to revisit the story, before starting Clockwork Prince.

One of the best ways to reflect on a book is to write a book review. So, here goes:
“Magic is dangerous ��" but love is more dangerous still.” (Back of the book)

I’d switch those sentiments around. There’s love, romance, sexual tension, triangles and all the usual suspects in the book, but the more exciting parts of the book are jam-packed with action and magic, which is dangerous, exciting, and fun to read. The romance stories that play out in the novel are almost too predictable, which is why I’d switch the quotation.

Basically here’s the story: “When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray arrives in England during 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. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by ��" and torn between ��" two best friends, and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.” (Back of the book, again)

What I like about this book is the dark urban fantasy: Shadowhunters, vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural beings both underground and on the streets of London. Sometimes urban fantasy can make me yawn but not this book. Throw in a little Steampunk, and you’ve got Clockwork Angel. It is Victorian London, how could there not be Steampunk?

Add to all that goodness a few vile, creepy characters, and some likeable, eccentric characters, and you have a book that’s hard to put down. The protagonist and her three new “friends” are appealing for various reasons, which you should discover for yourself. They are all flawed, complex. And, yes, they have secrets.

One of my favorite characters is Henry, the adult in charge, who makes wild, offbeat, and eerie inventions, which don’t always work. His creations are Steampunk heaven. He’s absent-minded, absorbed in his work, and slightly incompetent. Thankfully, his wife has her act together.

By the end of the book, Tessa transforms from a scared and helpless girl into a strong, independent young woman.

I thoroughly enjoyed the alternate world Cassandra Clare creates. The demon fighting Shadowhunters, the magic of their rune tattoos, and the alternate culture of the book are well developed and intriguing. I bought into the concepts immediately.

Clockwork Angel is well written with interesting characters. And, oh, yeah, there’s romance to set your heart atwitter. Okay, I’ll admit it. I liked the romance.

Cora Foestner
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416975861
Author:
Clare, Cassandra
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Author:
Johnson, Maureen
Author:
Fisher, Catherine
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Historical - Other
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Historical - Europe
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Secret societies
Subject:
Orphans
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
Mysteries & Detective Stories
Subject:
Cassandra Claire; Cassie Claire; Cassie Clare; The Mortal Instruments; Mortal Instruments; Infernal Devices; Infernal Instruments; Mortal Devices; Internal; Bane; London; England; Shadowhunter; Victorian; Tessa; shapeshifter; warlock; vampire; werewolves;
Subject:
Cassandra Claire; Cassie Claire; Cassie Clare; The Mortal Instruments; Mortal Instruments; Infernal Devices; Infernal Instruments; Mortal Devices; Internal; Bane; London; England; Shadowhunter; Victorian; Tessa; shapeshifter; warlock; vampire; werewolves;
Subject:
Cassandra Claire; Cassie Claire; Cassie Clare; The Mortal Instruments; Mortal Instruments; Infernal Devices; Infernal Instruments; Mortal Devices; Internal; Bane; London; England; Shadowhunter; Victorian; Tessa; shapeshifter; warlock; vampire; werewolves;
Subject:
Cassandra Claire; Cassie Claire; Cassie Clare; The Mortal Instruments; Mortal Instruments; Infernal Devices; Infernal Instruments; Mortal Devices; Internal; Bane; London; England; Shadowhunter; Victorian; Tessa; shapeshifter; warlock; vampire; werewolves;
Subject:
Cassandra Claire; Cassie Claire; Cassie Clare; The Mortal Instruments; Mortal Instruments; Infernal Devices; Infernal Instruments; Mortal Devices; Internal; Bane; London; England; Shadowhunter; Victorian; Tessa; shapeshifter; warlock; vampire; werewolves;
Subject:
Cassandra Claire; Cassie Claire; Cassie Clare; The Mortal Instruments; Mortal Instruments; Infernal Devices; Infernal Instruments; Mortal Devices; Internal; Bane; London; England; Shadowhunter; Victorian; Tessa; shapeshifter; warlock; vampire; werewolves;
Subject:
Cassandra Claire; Cassie Claire; Cassie Clare; The Mortal Instruments; Mortal Instruments; Infernal Devices; Infernal Instruments; Mortal Devices; Internal; Bane; London; England; Shadowhunter; Victorian; Tessa; shapeshifter; warlock; vampire; werewolves;
Subject:
Cassandra Claire; Cassie Claire; Cassie Clare; The Mortal Instruments; Mortal Instruments; Infernal Devices; Infernal Instruments; Mortal Devices; Internal; Bane; London; England; Shadowhunter; Victorian; Tessa; shapeshifter; warlock; vampire; werewolves;
Subject:
Cassandra Claire; Cassie Claire; Cassie Clare; The Mortal Instruments; Mortal Instruments; Infernal Devices; Infernal Instruments; Mortal Devices; Internal; Bane; London; England; Shadowhunter; Victorian; Tessa; shapeshifter; warlock; vampire; werewolves;
Subject:
Cassandra Claire; Cassie Claire; Cassie Clare; The Mortal Instruments; Mortal Instruments; Infernal Devices; Infernal Instruments; Mortal Devices; Internal; Bane; London; England; Shadowhunter; Victorian; Tessa; shapeshifter; warlock; vampire; werewolves;
Subject:
Cassandra Claire; Cassie Claire; Cassie Clare; The Mortal Instruments; Mortal Instruments; Infernal Devices; Infernal Instruments; Mortal Devices; Internal; Bane; London; England; Shadowhunter; Victorian; Tessa; shapeshifter; warlock; vampire; werewolves;
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
The Infernal Devices
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20100831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f/c jacket--sfx
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 23.17 oz
Age Level:
13-17

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Product details 304 pages Margaret K. McElderry Books - English 9781416975861 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

This steampunk prequel to the Mortal Instruments series has everything a teen could want. Sixteen-year-old Tessa's introduction to London's Downworld shows her a world of danger and excitement. A dash of romance is added when she meets not one, but two intriguing Shadowhunter boys.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This first book in Clare's Infernal Device series, a prequel to her bestselling Mortal Instruments books, opens as Tessa's pleasant life in 1878 New York is coming to an end when her guardian aunt dies. Upon her arrival in London, where her brother lives, Tessa is kidnapped by the Dark Sisters, who force her to learn to use a rare power--shape-shifting--she didn't know she had. Her rescue by a young man named Will leads her to the Shadowhunters--Nephilim descended from humans and angels--who enforce the magical Accords against demons and other creatures. Tessa gets caught between the various players seeking to use her amid a plot to conquer Britain. The events often read as bleakly as the Victorian London weather, punctuated by Clare's trademark humor, empathy, and authentic characters, who fight their own flaws and tragic pasts as often as they do evil. Mysteries, misdirection, and riddles abound, and while there are some gruesome moments, they never feel gratuitous. Fans of the Mortal Instruments series and newcomers alike won't be disappointed. Ages 14 — up. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , When 16-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 beings stalk the gaslit streets.
"Synopsis" by ,
This New York Times bestselling author once again shows us that she is a master of world-building and surprising plot-twists. The vast, intricate world, fascinating revelations, and unexpected turns in the final book of the Obsidian Mirror trilogy will appeal to readers of Cassandra Claire, and will satisfy existing fans fully.

 

"Synopsis" by ,
Don't miss this New York Times bestselling sequel to the Edgar Award-nominated THE NAME OF THE STAR!

After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Devereaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents. So when her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford, Rory jumps at the chance to get back to her friends. But Rorys brush with the Ripper touched her more than she thought possible: shes become a human terminus, with the power to eliminate ghosts on contact. She soon finds out that the Shades—the citys secret ghost-fighting police—are responsible for her return. The Ripper may be gone, but now there is a string of new inexplicable deaths threatening London. Rory has evidence that the deaths are no coincidence. Something much more sinister is going on, and now she must convince the squad to listen to her before its too late.

In this follow-up to the Edgar Award-nominated THE NAME OF THE STAR, Maureen Johnson adds another layer of spectacularly gruesome details to the streets of London that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

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