The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare




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.

For a book by Cassandra Clare, I was sluggish in reading it. I keep saying that I don’t expect anything when I read a new book, but the thing is, it’s a Cassandra Clare book and subconsciously I was expecting something from The clockwork Angel.

For starters, I was looking for the thrilling demon-fighting action like in The Mortal Instruments. There was demon fighting, but meh. I’m really curious what their Shadowhunter outfit were in the Victorian period, especially for the girls. I tried googling it, but didn’t find anything helpful. If someone can comment in an image, that’d be great, thanks!

The characters are heart breakingly adorable… as expected! Every character that Cassie creates does have tendencies to get under our skin. Will is so Jace. ‘nough said. Jem, makes me want to hug him because of his tragic story. Tessa is undoubtedly a strong character. What would make me want to read the next books are: how does she develop her strengths and how would she overcome her weaknesses? The other characters, Charlotte, Henry, Jessamine and Sophie and the rest of the house help, their number in the institute is already overwhelming, considering in the NY institute in TMI series had only Jace, Alec, Isabelle and Hodge. They didn’t have a cook, that’s why they always ate take outs! Also I’m still getting used to the idea of carriage as their fastest way of transport.

This is my first time to ever read a steampunk novel… and it’s awesome! For next years’ to read list, I will try to read a steampunk series! I’m excited for that! Anyway, the automatons were wicked! The concept of creating them is cool- incorporated with demon magic? I mean, how great is that?!

The story was okay, but nothing really as exciting as I expected Shadowhunters would be. I hope Clockwork Prince will be better.

I rate it: 3 stars.

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