Sunday, 26 September 2010
Review: The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Walker Books
Author's Website: cassandraclare.com
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When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray arrives in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawing ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by – and torn between – two best friends and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
The Clockwork Angel is the first instalment in the Infernal Devices series, which is a prequel to the Mortal Instrument series, written by Cassandra Clare. This book has it all; a love triangle, betrayal, action, death and much more.
What can I say about this book that won’t make me sound like a raving fanatic? I absolutely adored this book. It works well as a standalone but I think it would be better if you read the Mortal Instrument series first and then read The Clockwork Angel. The attention to detail from the time era is absolutely amazing and a lot of research must have been put in before writing this book. I don’t know much about the Victorian ages but I really felt I was there with the characters.
I thought all the characters were absolutely amazing in their own unique way. Will reminded me a bit of Jace from the Mortal Instrument series what with their affliction for mundanes (humans) and their rude and abrupt behaviour. Jem was just adorable, I just love his name, everything else about his character is a bonus. Jessamine is the one that is probably most well off of the characters but she cares for nothing to do with being a Shadowhunter. Charlotte and Henry, I think, are a match made in heaven and balance on another out quite well. Tessa, now I think she is an amazing and head strong girl. She can handle the majority of situations as a confident young lady, anything she does say she says truthfully, even if it hurts. Tessa also doesn’t let anyone tell her what to do. I would list my favourite parts of the book but there are too many so it’s safe to say I enjoyed everything about it.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has read the Mortal Instrument series and for those who haven’t I would say it’s well worth it. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the characters in the next book.
Disclaimer: I bought this book with my own money. I have not been paid to review this book and everything I have said is of my own honest opinion.