Friday, March 18, 2011

Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Book one in the The Infernal Devices series

About Clockwork Angel

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.

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.

Source: Goodreads


Another great, mysterious and action packed steam punk story from Cassandra Clare a great first book in a new series.

This series takes place in the same world as the Mortal Instruments series, Clockwork Angel is a prequel and this story happens years before the events in city of Bones.

Tessa was annoying to me at first but her very interesting ability and her strength to fight for what she loves had me warming up to her and the plotline.
The two boys Will and Jem are characters I really like and I don't know who’s my favourite, they are very different and both of them very mysterious and I found myself wanting to know more about them and getting to know them better.

All the side characters worked very well for me I enjoyed how well all of them contributed to the story in different ways and I like how Cassandra Clare has a special talent for giving even the bad guys something that you find intriguing.

This isn't a really quick read, the book is slow at first with a lot of descriptions but that really makes it great visual you imagine yourself standing in the street of London, England, at the time of the reign of Queen Victoria.
It picks up speed about 2/3 into the book and my head was almost spinning with all the things that happened.
I'm very excited for the next book.

I give Clockwork Angel 4 out of 5.

Next in the series:
2# Clockwork Prince (Expected publication: December 6th 2011)
3# Clockwork Princess (Expected publication: November/December 2012)


Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiner's Book Blog) said...

I agree- I loved the secondary characters. I'm excited for the next one too!
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

Cait said...

Great review, I loved this book as well! I actually read it before I read the MI series which was interesting.

Mysteriousrose said...

Glad to know you loved the secondary characters too:-) It's going to be great to read the next one.

Mysteriousrose said...

Thank you!
Which one did you like best the MI series or Clockwork Angel?

Cait said...

Oh no! Tough choice. The MI world is more developed, cause there's 3 books...but I think I actually like Clockwork Angel a bit more. That being said, the MI series is still totally fantastic. It's just something about CA that appeals more. Dunno if maybe its the victorian london setting? I think I also prefer Tessa to Clary, so that probably comes into it a bit

Amber said...

Great review. I loved this book so much. It's very similar to TMI in the sense that the main character is searching for her family member and then discovers this whole other world.

Loved the fact that Magnus was in it! He's one of my favourite characters.

Would have to agree with you on Jem and Will. They are both awesome. I think I'm slightly edging to Will a bit more. I really can't work out what his secret is! If you haven't already ready TMI book 4 he's mentioned in a couple of times. Cassandra Clare is such a tease. I was hoping she'd give us a clue!!!!!

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