The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel Bk. 1

The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel Bk. 1

Book rating: 04 Paperback

By (author) Cassandra Clare

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  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 37mm | 634g
  • Publication date: 6 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 140632132X
  • ISBN 13: 9781406321326
  • Sales rank: 5,194

Product description

This is a new urban fantasy full of vampires, werewolves and shape-shifters from the bestselling author of "The Mortal Instruments Series". It was London, 1878. Sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray's priority should be finding her brother, not falling in love, especially with two boys. She is soon caught in a dangerous love triangle where a wrong decision could prove fatal. Tessa will need all her strength to save her brother and stay alive as she learns the chilling truth of what really lurks on London's streets after dark. Discover more about the mysterious and sexy Shadowhunters in this thrilling prequel trilogy to the bestselling "Mortal Instruments" sequence. It is supported by a major marketing and publicity campaign. "The Mortal Instruments Series" has been translated into 19 languages and has appeared on bestseller lists in the US, Germany, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

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Cassandra Clare lives in Brooklyn. She has worked as an entertainment journalist for The Hollywood Reporter, has published several short stories and is the author of the popular internet parody The Very Secret Diaries. The Infernal Devices is her second major series.

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By Siana Wardell 29 Feb 2012 5

I Loved Clockwork Angel! When I bought this book, it was for a long plane ride and it was the best sounding book at the airport bookstore. Nevertheless, wow, I am sure glad I found this book. It beautifully combined the fantasy and period drama genres (which happen to be my favorite genres). I could not put this book down and read it in record time.

I loved all the characters. I loved all the detail in them and how they connected with each other. I especially loved James. He had that old fashioned charm to him that I really miss in modern day characters. Even Will, as annoying as he got, he was still sweet and always had his reasons for doing the things he did. However, I especially loved the female characters in the book. I loved how Charlotte was running the institute and that even though it was hard she fought for her spot in a man-ruled world she was strong and never gave up. I loved Tessa from the very start. She was so strong, putting up with everything when most would have fallen. She was strong and never gave up; she also had a love for books, which just made her perfect. I hope that I am like Tessa Grey in spirit and personality as I really admire her.

I was also amazed at how great the storyline was. I find it annoying when there are good characters and ideas but the storyline is really bad. However, I loved it and thought it was quite unique and different to most fantasy books. It was also filled with lots of detail and made the book really enjoyable.

I loved this book and thought it was an amazing piece of work. Well done Cassandra Clare and please keep on writing the Infernal Devices. I'm looking forward to reading about Tessa, James and Will again in the near future.

By Von P. 13 Feb 2012 5

This book had been sitting on my shelf months old and when The Clockwork Prince came out, I immediately devoured The Clockwork Angel. After finishing it, all I can say was, what a brilliant, inescapable world this was. Cassandra Clare had done it again. She masterfully combined Victorian London with her Shadowhunters, plus some steam punk automatons, and a love triangle; who would ever thought that a great story will emerge. I couldn't ask for more!

The setting was brilliantly plotted, perhaps, the world as a whole. Clare did a really good job on researching and creating this Victorian version of the world of Shadowhunters.

I have been drawn to the intricate world of Shadowhunters since The Mortal Instruments series. But this book had me drawn to it more even dwell in it if it's possible. It had really blown me away. I couldn't keep my eyes from opening just not to miss any scenes.

The characters, as well, definitely blew me away. I thought I will not love them as much as The Mortal Instruments characters. I really did love Tessa from the roots of her hair to the tips of her toe. She's a marvelous character to reckon for. With that power to Change and a charming face, why would not William and James vie for her love? And I also loved Clare's addition on most characters as bookworms as expected in a kind of era they were in. But I couldn't keep Will and Jem to be compared to Jace as the three of them are all gorgeous young men. Then there's the ever young and vibrant Magnus Bane. He's the one the three should fear. But then there's Henry, he really reminded me of Ron Weasley.

On the other hand, females also made impressions to me. Jessamine reminded me of Isabelle with the same stubbornness, yet with different beliefs. Charlotte, for me, is the symbol of feminism during her time.

Overall, I loved it. Such a remarkable book with so many twists. Don't dare miss it!

Cassandra Clare is a natural. I couldn't wait for more of The Infernal Devices.

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By Joy Chuah Xin Yee 20 Oct 2010 5

Pls do not compare CA to TMI series.
I'm glad I took my time reading this and I do not regret doing that because I absolutely love it to bits. I simply love the setting of Victorian London. I have always had a love for those time period. The characters grew on me as I begin to slowly read from page to page. The way they behave, present themselves and speak are totally different from TMI. I love the characters and although it is still about the Shadowhunter world, the storyline is completely different and totally brilliant. I'm dying of curiosity about the dark secret of Will and who Tessa really is. Is she really a warlock and an immortal? Is she going to live forever like other warlocks? Will she be barren too? It kills me to just think about those because then it'll be just soo painful for her (and me!) to love a mortal. Just as a terrible turmoil is ripping Will apart from the inside, the cliffhanger in the epilogue plus the wait of a year for the next book to be released are definitely ripping me apart from the inside out. At the mean time, I shall comfort myself about the release of City of Fallen Angels first. Another brilliant work of Cassandra. Highly recommended.

By Lydia Presley 09 Sep 2010 3

I want to begin this review by saying that I love Steampunk. I'm a full blown Jules Verne, gadget-loving, dirigible-adoring fan of it.

When the cover for Clockwork Angel was revealed I squealed out loud. I loved it. When I purchased my copy of Clockwork Angel I may or may not have run my hands over the cover, admiring how pretty it was, how shiny.

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I did not love the first two books of the Mortal Instruments trilogy. They took a while for me to get into and the story didn't suck me in. The third book of the trilogy did all of that, however, so it was with hope that this first book of the Infernal Devices would pick up where City of Glass left off (not story-wise, writing-wise).

I'm going to be that bad person here and say that.. honestly, I was a bit bored by Clockwork Angel.

This makes me sad, but I still have hope. Because I was bored by City of Bones too. So I'm thinking maybe Cassandra has to work up momentum to give crazy, fun endings to her series. I hope that's the case.

Now the Steampunk aspect of the novel. I feel a bit gypped here. Aside from the mention of some gears and gadgets and the addition of some automatons there really wasn't that much Steampunk in this one. I'm coming off of having read some great Steampunk stories such as Cherie Priest's Boneshaker or The Affinity Bridge by George Mann - those are steampunk. This was more... steampunk-light.

There's nothing wrong with that, I mean Clare has built a great system of magic and her world building is interesting, I just feel as if the Steampunk parts were added on as a bit of a tool instead of something that the story is immersed in. Because first and foremost, this story is immersed in her magic.

I don't get the debates between Will and Jem. We don't see Jem enough to debate on the subject. So I'll reserve my opinion on both of them until later in the series.

That said, I will be reading the rest of the series. I don't have much hope for Book #2 though, because if she followers her pattern established with the Mortal Instruments series it'll be Book #3 that blows me out of the water.