Aug 28, 2012


Review of Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

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.

Death. Destruction. Deceit.

All done by the one person that you have left in the world and the one person that you believed you could trust more than anyone else in the world.

Clockwork Angel is a book that takes place in the time period of Queen Victoria. For those of you that don't know, that is in the nineteenth-century. Shadowhunters rule the world. Downworlders don't. I know, I know, I am making this too mysterious and all. I suppose that I am but that is the whole if the book. Mystery and  a lot of foreshadowing.

Allow me to start at the beginning. Tessa Gray goes to England when her Aunt Harriet dies. She has no family and no one to turn to besides her brother, Nathaniel Gray. When she arrives, she is kidnapped and forced into the service of the Dark Sisters. I know this is sounding quite cliche or what not, but bare with me.

The rest of the book pertains to Tessa and the Shadowhunters. Of course, there are attractive guys that make the protagonist, Tessa, swoon. They are William Herondale AKA Will and James Carstairs AKA Jem. Both are attractive but they couldn't be more different than three peas in a pod. Or maybe a better analogy would be a cat and a dog. My point remains the same. One is dark and mysterious while the other is open and mysterious. Towards the end though, Tessa realizes that she has made a grave mistake in trusting one guy while the other clearly should be the one who her affections are directed at.

The main reason that I truly enjoyed this book as much as I loved the Mortal Instruments was mainly due to the fact that the characters were the ancestors to the characters in the Mortal  Instruments. Plus, the plot was more enticing and when the true plot was finally revealed, it left me stunned and amazed. The style was more original and the plot itself left not a lot to be desired. Truth be told, many fantasy books nowadays area ll typical: a guy, a girl, and an evil person, or organization, that wants either the girl or boy, dead. True, some of what is written might be original in a way but just in general, its not.

That is why I absolutely LOVED this book. The plot was similar to something Agatha Christie would write and it was refreshing to know that true fantasy fiction isn't completely dead.

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