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Clockwork Angel

by Cassandra Clare

Overview (from B&  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 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.

This is the first book (379 pages on the Nook) in Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices series.  The overview mentions that it’s a period piece, but other than mentions of women’s clothing it’s not noticeable.  The story line was different and the world Clare created was amazingly detailed.  I will admit that I haven’t read her Mortal Instruments series, but this book was a prequel to that series and made me want read them.  The characters are likable and even intriguing.  Clare ability to make you care about her characters and to want to learn more about them is incredible.  I would be interested in reading the next book in this series.  I would also definitely recommend this book to everyone.

4 out of 5 Bookmarks

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  1. I haven’t read this one, but I did read the first book in her Mortal Instruments series and, sadly, was not a fan. I know its very popular but its not my cup of tea.

    • I haven’t read that series yet. I thought about it, but I figured I’d let the movie hype wear down first. You should give Clockwork Angel a shot though. It’s a different introduction into the world and completely different characters; might strike your fancy.

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