BOOK REVIEW: Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1), by Cassandra Clare

Posted 5 December, 2011 by Kristilyn in Favourites, Historical, Science Fiction, Series, Young Adult Fiction / 1 Comment

Released: August 31, 2010 (Margaret K. McElderry)
Series: The Infernal Devices, #1
Source: Purchased
Buy Now From: Amazon

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.

My Thoughts

Oh, how I love Cassandra Clare. In short time, I devoured her Mortal Instruments series (which I’ll write a review on eventually), falling in love with Clary and Jace. When the trilogy ended, I was devastated. I needed more of these Shadowhunters and more of the beautiful world that Cassandra Clare had crafted.

Lucky for me, Clockwork Angel came out. This was the first in a series of prequels to The Mortal Instruments series. I was scared at first, thinking that it just would not stack up to her previous efforts, but I was so, so wrong.

First of all, can I talk about that gorgeous cover? When I was wandering aimlessly through the bookstore (not even knowing that this book was out), I caught it out of the corner of my eye and was drawn in by the dark beauty. The whole cover has an old London, mysterious feel to it and I was in love.

Now, the actual book. If I had doubts before, I have none now. Cassandra Clare cannot disappoint me–Clockwork Angel sucked me in during the first two pages and I had a hard time putting it down. I actually decided to read it for the Dewey 24-Hour Read-A-Thon, but was so sad that I would almost be finished the book that I kept putting it down so I could come back to it later. I didn’t want it to end!

The character development was spot on and I can’t wait to see Tessa grow throughout the series. The clockwork creatures were terrifying to me, in a way–it made for a great Halloween read. And the love triangle between Tessa, Will, and Jem … well, of course, I’m on Team Will! It was great to see the characters from The Mortal Instruments in this series and I look forward to seeing how the new characters came to be. Each character has their own story to tell and it was nice to read a book and not have to refer back to previous pages to figure out who is who.

All of that being said, I definitely enjoyed The Mortal Instruments more than this installment–who wouldn’t love Jace and Clary? Clary was such a great character and Tessa’s just not there yet for me–but it definitely holds a dear place on my bookshelf.

In even more great news, the second book in this trilogy, Clockwork Prince, comes out THIS Saturday. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. It will be a great read during this snowy Alberta month. Thank you to Cassandra Clare for writing such amazing books!

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About Kristilyn

Kristilyn is a Canadian book blogger, music listener & creator, proud mama, and general lover of life. Her necessities include fuzzy socks, a library full of good books, a fully charged Kindle, copious amounts of tea, and chocolate. Swoon-worthy book boys are also welcome.


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