Monday, April 11, 2011

Book of the Moment: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel is the first in the Infernal Devices series and the start of the prequel series to the Mortal Instruments series by the fabulous Cassandra Clare.
In this book we are propelled into the late 1880's in England, where we meet Tessa Gray, who is what people call a Changer. She goes to London in pursuit to see her brother and ends up finding out her true being of a Changer. She has the ability to shape shift into any person, dead or alive. She enters the Downworld of vampires,fairies, werewolves, and warlocks (oh my!) and the Shadowhunters who keep the peace and fight off the evil demons. The strange Dark Sisters have kept Tessa against her will so they can see and "teach" her about her Changing. But when she learns she must marry the Magister, the head of the Pandemonium Club, she tries to flee and fails, but is soon saved by the handsome and arrogant Shadowhunter, Will Herondale. Then she takes refuge in the Institution with new friends and finds out about things she would've never imagined before. Tessa along with the people in the Institution, help unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of her brother and instead find themselves in the middle of a huge series of events that can ultimately lead to catastrophic consequences. As she faces all these new things she is torn between the sweet Jem and arrogant Will but she is also faced with some of the hardest situations that she didn't think she would ever face in her former life. Things have taken a turn for the worse and unless Tessa and the Shadowhunters stop it...things might just get EVEN worse...

I was waiting for such a long time to read this book! After I read the first three book in the Mortal Instruments series, I was just salivating for more of Cassandra Clare's superb writing! It was cool to see how Shadowhunters behaved in the late 18th century in England and I wasn't surprised to see the character Will be as just as arrogant as our beloved Jace Wayland from the Mortal Instruments series. It was also interesting to see how the gender stereotypes from the late 18th century era tied into being a female Shadowhunter. It's a cool new series and I love how this prequel doesn't give anything away for the Mortal Instruments series. Sometimes prequels to other series do that and it can  be down right annoying. But this book totally had a different plot line and a completely different story. And not to mention, our favorite warlock, Magnus Bane, has an important role in this book! If you must read this book, FIRST read the Mortal Instruments series! This book was fantastic and I can't wait to read the next book, Clockwork Prince!

I give it a 4 out of 5 stars!


  1. Absolutely loved this book - if not more so that TMI! I'm team Will though I wouldn't mind a bit of Jem every now and again :) Really looking forward to Clockwork Prince! I wish it was released already, I don't know how much longer I can wait.

    Great review! I agree that some prequels can be annoying and so I was wary of this at first. But I read it in almost one sitting. Good old Cassie Clare! :)

  2. Haha ya, well Will is a bit arrogant! But hey...sometimes that can be kinda hot ;) haha

    I wouldn't mind getting my hands on Clockwork Prince either! Matter of fact, I'm dying to read City of Fallen Angels! I also read CA in one sitting! haha!

    Thanks for your input!


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