Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel

Book rating: 05 Hardback Infernal Devices

By (author) Cassandra Clare

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  • Publisher: Margaret K McElderry Books
  • Format: Hardback | 496 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 46mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 31 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1416975861
  • ISBN 13: 9781416975861
  • Sales rank: 7,632

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Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still. Discover the riveting first book in the #1 "New York Times" bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. 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.

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By Sarah Elizabeth 10 Jul 2013 5

(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
16-year-old Tessa Gray is travelling from New York to London to meet with her only living relative - her brother Nate.
When Tessa arrives in England she is met by two women - the Dark sisters, who claim to have been sent to collect her by Nate.

Soon Tessa realises that instead she is being held prisoner, and is forced to learn a terrible craft - shape-shifting.

Eventually Tessa is rescued from the Dark Sisters, and finds herself living at an institute with people who call themselves 'Shadow Hunters'. The shadow hunters all seem to have their own problems though, and Tessa has a lot to learn about Will, Jem, and Jessamine.
Why were the Dark Sisters holding Tessa? Who is the Magister? What has become of her brother Nate? And what exactly is Tessa?


This was a great book, and a great companion to the Mortal Instruments series.

Tessa was a bookworm who loved her brother, and did what needed to be done for her family. She was brave and honourable and always did what she felt was right. She was also quietly clever and witty, and managed to talk her way out of a few arguments.
Will was a bit of an odd character, and I'm pretty sure that he was hiding quite a lot of secrets. I'm not really sure what is going on with him, but he is certainly one to watch.
Jessamine came across as quite spoiled and bratty, but I found some of her comments really funny. I totally got why she was trying to not be a shadow hunter though, it can't be an easy life.

I liked the storyline in this book, although I did think the story could have been compacted a little into a shorter book. I liked that characters were recognisable as ancestors of the characters in the Mortal Instruments series, and liked how the two series tied together.
I thought the idea of the clockwork automatons was quite clever, and liked how the identity of the magister was concealed until quite late in the story. I did guess parts of the plotline, but not all of it, and there were quite a lot of questions still to be answered by the end of the book.
There was a bit of romance in this story, but I think we are being set up for another love triangle!
The ending however was a cliff-hanger. What more could we expect than a cliff-hanger from Cassandra Clare!
Overall; a great start to the series.
8.5 out of 10.

By Linda 28 Jul 2012 5

Previously published on my blog: http://fictionfervor.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/review-clockwork-angel-by-cassandra-clare/

Clockwork Angel, to be put simply, is a beautifully woven tale of mystery and romance.

I have a hard time believing that more people like Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments series than The Infernal Devices (the first book of which is Clockwork Angel). The writing in the ID series is so much more eloquent than that in TMI (which may be due to the different era), and the characters are so much more likable. The mystery is even greater, and more surprises were thrown my way in ID. And plus, the covers are so much prettier.

Yes, I believe that the Infernal Devices series is ten times better than the TMI series.

Tessa Gray, the protagonist, is definitely not a Mary Sue; she has a strange ability to change into other people. And no, she isn't like a regular shapeshifter; she not only changes her appearance, but she can access the memories and thoughts of the person into whom she changes. In addition to her supernatural powers, she's an avid reader. (Bonus points for us bookworms, eh?) She may not be kick-butt, but she's got cool points.

Don't get me started on the love triangle. Will Herondale may be the hot, sensitive guy with hidden feelings, but he treats Tessa rudely and pushes her away. But Jem Carstairs, Will's parabatai, is sweet and kind, showing Tessa his feelings through his actions. Trust me, this is one love triangle that will make you pull out your hair and scream in frustration-because both Shadowhunters are so lovable.

And while there may be romance, that isn't the main plot. (Thank goodness for that.) Planning to visit her brother, Nate, Tessa travels from America to England, where she gets kidnapped by the Dark Sisters who want to use Tessa's power for a mysterious person named the Magister. Then she is rescued by Will and Jem, who take her to the London Institute. But the Magister wants Tessa, and he'd be willing to do anything to get her back...

If I could sing the praises of this book even further, I would. C'mon, it's a mixture of fantasy (the vampires, the werewolves, the faeries, the Nephilim!) and steampunk (clockwork army for the win, yo) set in the Victorian era. You've got to try that out. Especially since I'm saying this: Clockwork Angel is phenomenal. Read it now.

Source: Hardcover borrowed from library

By Juhina & Farah 01 Nov 2011 5

I have heard so many people getting excited over the upcoming release of Clockwork Prince, and i heard that it was the second book of The Infernal Devices. So i just HAD to get my hands on the first book, which is Clockwork Angel. Now i finally understand what all that fuss about Clockwork Prince is about, because i just cant WAIT to start reading it too.
Clockwork Angel was a-ma-zing. I loved it so much! The characters were brilliant, and i found no one annoying. I loved how everything was in this book. Vampires, warlocks, demons, you name it.
Tessa never annoyed me at first, and she never did annoy me at any point. I imagined her as a petit, quiet girl, but was also very strong. How she would do anything for her brother touched me.
I loved the fights that happened, when they would start, i would just read and read and read because it was so exciting! After i read a page, and i wanted to stop at it, i couldnt, because id be eager as to what would happen in the next page.
*sigh* Will and Jem. Ah how i would love these 2 boys to appear infront of me right now. Jem's haaaaiirrrr. I LOVE HIM! I might actually say that i liked Jem a bit more than Will, because Will's attitude frustrated me at first, but i still love him too. Actually i might like Will more. UGH i cannot decide. How can someone NOT love these amazing, beautiful, strong boys?
It still frustrates me that i do not know much about Will, and how everything about him is so secretive, but i guess thats why there is another book right?

Tessa & Will, or Tessa & Jem? I have finished the book, and yet i do not know if Will truly does love Tessa, or vice versa. I dont even know if Jem likes her either, i mean, he did show signs and stuff, but i neeed prooooof! Hehe.
Anyways overall, it was an amazing story. So entertaining, very fun and exciting!
Honestly if i saw that cover in a library, i would have never picked it up. But im GLAD i read this book!

Happy Reading

By splashofourworlds.blogspot.com 11 Sep 2010 5

I literally just finished the book. I wanted to write the review when is still fresh in my mind.

To start with the environment i felt in love with it. It's one of the best settings i have read. When i was reading i was in London at 1878. I've never been there but the whole city, the atmosphere was "designed" in mind perfectly. With every little detail. There are not few times when you read a book and the description of the world of the book is either too detailed or not good detailed at all. As a result you start make your own parts of the world to fit the story. This can't happen in Clockwork Angel. Cassandra has build an amazing time machine for you to travel back in time. And that's coming for someone who hates most of the stories written in our world. To put it against TMI*, i liked it more. Its aura is more dark, mysterious and adventurous. And even the story is more interesting for me.

As for the characters what can you say? My favourite one was Henry. He has a B' role in the book, maybe even C', but he is the one who stand out for me. His personality, his naivety, the way others was acting against him. I believe he would be easily my best friend.
For our main character Tessa i can't say many. I really admire how Clare build her female characters. They feel real. To concentrate on Tessa i was quite fond of her. I don't like her more than Clary, at TMI, but i still like to read about her story. The thing that i disliked most about her, it was that sometimes i felt like she was caring only for her brother and nothing else. Even if she is not selfish in some scenes looked pretty selfish to me. The back up girls,Sophie,Jess and the Dark Sisters were all really different than Tessa. I didn't really cared about what Sophie was doing and i hated Jess (as personality not as her part in the book). The Dark Sisters..well they are "bad" guys. I have to admit they scared my a lot.
Then we have the boys. Magnus..is Magnus. Everyone who knows is from TMI, can understand what i mean. Even though we see a more sensitive part of him. Will and Jem. I love them! They are so different than each other and they are like brothers. Best friends. I like reading about their relationship and i really want to know more. Will, the guy who likes to be looked as bad(reminds of Jace) and Jem( aka James),the gentleman. If Tessa pick one of them i don't really care who the one will be. I like both for different reasons and both can be at her side. Can't really pick between them.

Lastly, for the ones that have read TMI and have good memory they will grin in many scenes were the characters say profitable things for TMI. The connection is really good. I'm really into this book. And i say try it. Even it's the first one of Clare or you have read or either you are fan of TMI. After this 4th book Cassandra Clare became my 2nd favourite writer ever! Stories unique, with no repeating, that you can't see where they really go, with a perfectly shaped world always worth your time. It's not easy to find them anymore. Can't wait for the next one!

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"Compulsively readable . . . Packed with battles, romantic entanglements, and tantalizing foreshadowing, this will have readers clamoring for the next installment." - "Booklist"