Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel
By: Cassandra Clare
Source: Bought E-book
Released: August 31, 2010
Purchase teh Book: Amazon

"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." (Summary from

Cassandra Clare's "Clockwork Angel" is the exciting prequel to The Mortal Instruments series that is set in London during the Victorian Era. The protagonist, Tessa, finds herself kidnapped by the evil Dark Sisters when she travels to London to find her brother. While with the Dark Sisters she learns that she may not be as human as she thought and that a powerful figure known as the Magister will stop at nothing to get her. Tessa eventually escapes and finds refuge in the London Institute with a group of shadowhunters who swear to help her find her brother. While at the Institute she meets arrogant Will and mysterious Jem, and Tessa finds herself falling deeper into the world of shadowhunters.

I loved "Clockwork Angel" just as much as I loved The Mortal Instruments series, and I was thrilled to see warlock Magnus Bane make an appearance. The plot is filled with action and keeps the reader guessing until the very last page. The banter between Will and Tessa, although similar to Clary and Jace, provides endless humor throughout the book. I particularly enjoyed the London setting because it provided a fresh and different take on the shadowhunter world. I recommend "Clockwork Angel" to any fan of The Mortal Instruments series, and if you haven't read either yet then what are you waiting for? I will be eagerly awaiting the next book in the Infernal Devices series, especially after the cliffhanger ending.

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