Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

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The long awaited Prequel to Cassandra Clare’s the Mortal Instruments Series….

Title: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare

Summary (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 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 Review: This prequel novel had quite a build up in the months prior to its release. I was ridiculously excited to read more about the Shadowworld I had fallen in love with in City of Bones. While Clockwork Angel was a great book it just didn’t have that initial spark of genius that CoB had. Don’t get me wrong I wish the next book in the Infernal Devices, Clockwork Prince was in my hands right now but somehow I just didn’t like CA as much as CoB. But I’m sure that once I see more of Tessa, Jem, and Will, I’ll be just as smitten with this series as I am with TMI. The plot was very interesting. Tessa, the main character, is a Downworlder and its fascinating to see how Shadowhunters reacted to her and her abilities. CA is set in Queen Victoria era England which was amazing! Its so great to see all the history of the Shadowhunters come to life in this book.

Oh and by the way…I’m waiting until I read Clockwork Prince to decided whether I’m team Jem or team Will :]