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!
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.
Tessa Gray is sixteen-years-old and on her way to England to find her missing brother. What she doesn’t expect is to be suddenly thrust into a world known to some as the Downworld where vampires, warlocks and other supernaturals exist in more than just stories. A world where Shadowhunters are dedicated to ridding the world of demons and to bring order to the chaos. When Tessa is kidnapped by the Dark Sisters Tessa finds out that she herself is a Downworlder with an extremely rare ability, that of being able to transform herself into another person. The Dark Sisters are part of a secret organization called the Pandemonium Club that is run but a mysterious man known only as the Magister. The Magister wants Tessa’s power for himself and will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
With no where else to go Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters who swear to help her find her brother but only if she will help them in return. Tessa finds herself both fascinated and torn between two boys that are best friends, Will and Jem. Tessa also discovers that she might just have to make a choice between saving her beloved brother and helping her new friends save the world.
This is one story that takes the reader back to a London that they will not really recognize but are sure to enjoy. It is a world that has a lot of fun and interesting devices that make for a much broader world that the reader will enjoy getting lost in. The story comes to life for the reader as they get more and more into the story. With all the different devices in this one it is sure to have the reader wishing they had lived in this particular world. This is the beginning of a trilogy that leads into the author’s other series and gives a wonderful back story to the other series but that can also be read all on it own.
Cynthia Manchester, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by Cynthia Manchester)
“Whatever you are physically,” he said, “male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy--all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. Whatever the color, the shape, the design of the shade that conceals it, the flame inside the lamp remains the same. You are that flame.”
One doesn't simply read this book. You become immersed in the world created by Ms. Clare. It becomes your world ~ one in which you personally experience romance, mystery, betrayal, and piercing heartache. You can't help but grow increasingly attached to the characters she creates and their hearts beat within your heart long after you turn the final page. You must have more.
If ever there was a book fully deserving of a five-star rating, it is Clockwork Angel.
Margaret K. McElderry Books -
by Rachael W.,
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.
by Rachael W.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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)
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.
Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The Brontë siblings find escape from their constrained lives via their rich imaginations. The glittering world of Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy world of Gondal literally come to life under their pens, offering the sort of romance and intrigue missing from their isolated parsonage home. But at what price? As Branwell begins to slip into madness and the sisters feel their real lives slipping away, they must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations, even as the characters they have created—the brooding Rogue and dashing Duke of Zamorna—refuse to let them go.
Gorgeously written and based on the Brontës’ juvenilia, Worlds of Ink and Shadow brings to life one of history’s most celebrated literary families in a thrilling, suspenseful fantasy.
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.
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