- Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
- Format: Paperback | 479 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 38mm | 431g
- Publication date: 4 October 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 141697587X
- ISBN 13: 9781416975878
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 9,162
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. 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 Emily Sullivan 29 Aug 2014
First of all: This is my favourite YA series of all time. And I am going to list why that is.
YA novels set in the late 19th Century or thereabouts usually don't read so well, or in my short experience anyway. They can either be filled with romanticized rubbish, or, if the protagonist is female, fall into the trap of presenting a downtrodden young girl who is pushed around by males and the strict codes of the society in which she lives in.
Clockwork Angel, although it explores that aspect in some ways, does not make it the focal point of the novel.
Tessa Gray, the protagonist of the novel and confused shapeshifter, arrives at the London Institute, where the Shadowhunters live (realllly lame intro, i'm sorry Cassandra Clare). What I liked about her is that throughout the entire novel, her main goal was to find her identity. I think this book is so much more than a YA romance/action/fantasy novel.
1) it presents a female protagonist whose main objective is not to find love, but to find herself. im not saying that its a bad thing to be focused on love (because tessa soon becomes that way), but it sends a message to young women that it is vitally important to know who you are before you get into a relationship.
2) the characters are super memorable
3) the plot is intense and addictive
4) the writing is superb
Just read this book, especially if you're a fan of Clare's mortal instruments series. It's seriously the best.
By mateja 16 Oct 2011
Clockwork Angels has all the things I love about the Mortal Instruments. Interesting story, fascinating characters and wonderful writing with funny dialogues thrown in (courtesy of Will, of course). If you pick up this book needing the fix that only Cassandra Clare's writing can give you, you will not be disappointed.
The only downside for me while reading Clockwork Angel was in my opinion the slow and rather uneventful first third of the book. But after that things started to pick up until the middle of the book where I got so engrossed into the story I literally could not put the book down. I even read during my classes.
The author brought a whole mix of interesting characters in Clockwork Angels. That's one of the things I love about her books, there are no ordinary, normal people in it. Everyone has secrets, everyone has an inner struggle that they are trying to overcome. But by far my favorite was Jem. I went into this book convinced that I will be a fan of Will, because he has the witty personality that Jace from MI has, but it turned out Jem was the one who stood out among the characters the most. I adore him. He's so sweet and kind. And pretty, let's not forget about that.
I have to admit that in the beginning I wasn't really fascinated by the plot, it felt like the problem they were facing was pretty straightforward since we find out pretty soon who the villain is and what is his agenda. But in the end it turned out it wasn't. The author masterfully created a web of lies and deceptions so that I was completely taken by surprise and shocked by the real truth when it was revealed in the end.
You should definitely pick this book up and read it. I especially recommend it for fans of The Mortal Instruments, who need something to pass the long wait between installments in TMI series.
"Top Pick! Readers will be thrilled and amazed with this prequel to The Mortal Instruments, tearing their way through a beautifully constructed story of action, magic, mayhem, and romance. Fans and newcomers alike will be enchanted by Clare's fantastical world and left begging for more!" - "Romantic Times Book Reviews"