Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
First published 2010
Genres: Ya, Fantasy, Paranormal, Steampunk
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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.
I started the Shadowhunters books last year and although I can’t say I loved the first ones, I certainly loved the world and they were definitely in a certain way unforgettable. Plus, since I already had the next ones, and everyone said they get better, I intended to continue. I was going to read City of Fallen angels when I found out that a shadowhunter marathon was being hosted by Emmabooks and the book they were reading next was A Clockwork Angel and after, the one I was preparing to read. So, I decided to go for it and read them all too, this year! I’m super excited!
If you are interested in participating, this is where they are at now (by release date):
- City of Fallen Angels: Apr 15 – May 5
- Clockwork Prince: May 6 – Jun 2
- City of Lost Souls: Jun 3 – Jun 30
- Clockwork Princess: July 1 – July 28
- City of Heavenly Fire: July 29 – Aug 25
- The Bane Chronicles: Aug 26 – Sept 15
- Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy: Sept 16 – Oct 6
- Lady Midnight Oct 7 – Nov 3
- Lord of Shadows: Nov 4 – Dec 1
- Queen of Air and Darkness Dec 2 – Dec 31
And now for my review…
I actually really liked this one! I’m surprised I liked it so much because the first 3 books were just okay for me. Like I said, I did already love the world and many things in it, but I really didn’t like Clary as an MC and I think that didn’t help to love the last books. Plus, I feel that the writing is better in this one? Or maybe it’s just me… But this was amazing!
The world in this book is the same as the previous, so to say amazing, but while City of Bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass where passed in America, New York, this one is passed in London and quite some years before.
Our MC is named Tessa and she is awesome! She is innocent, thoughtful and sweet. She is calm, level-headed and she loves books, which I couldn’t have been happier about. She was just a normal girl until she discovered she is a Downworlder. And like that’s not enough, her special power – shape-shifting (but not merely visual) – is extremely rare. And so obviously she is quite important and wanted for all the darkest reasons. There’s someone called the Magister that will stop at nothing to have her, and he already got her brother.
Then, we have Will. He is sweet and awful at the same time. It’s impossible to hate him even tho he tries to make you do so… He has suffered a lot in his past, and we can tell that, but the way he behaves is at times cruel. It’s the perfect bitter-sweet character that will make you love him no matter what. But in my opinion, even better than meeting Will for me was meeting Jem. He is the sweetest, calmest, most adorable person ever! I loved knowing his story and understanding him, and OMG – I love him! Jem is SO swoon-worthy!!
We also have Charlotte, Henry, and Jessamin, Sophie, Thomas, and Agatha. They were all special in their own way and I loved them for all different reasons. It was also a plus that Magnus Bane appeared, I just love him so much!! Also… Church!!
The plot in this book was, for me, much more exciting than the last ones. It was full of action and mystery and twists I didn’t see coming. It was packed full, interesting, exciting and extremely gripping. There wasn’t a moment I was bored and the writing was awesome as well. It was, in my opinion, much better and less cheesy than the last ones. Plus this book is full of emotions. It’s not the type that will make you cry, but it will definitely make you think and swoon.
The world of the Shadowhunters keeps blowing my mind and I can’t wait to continue with the series, especially TID. This one is even better than the TMI and it’s 100% worth reading.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? What’s your favorite? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!