Sunday, September 26, 2010

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) by Cassandra Clare.
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry.
Pages: 479.
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.
Clockwork Angel, without a doubt, exceeded my expectations. I was somewhat hesitant of a prequel series considering how many twists and details and plot went into the Mortal Instrument series, but this book soared above my expectations.

There are a few things that are similar between Clockwork Angel and City Of Bones. Tessa, our witty protagonist, is a kick-ass heroine who is just discovering that her entire life has been fabricated and she’s not who she really thinks she is, just like Clary Fray. The same with Will Herondale and Jace Wayland. This was something that I thought might progressively irritate me, but surprisingly, it did not. The love/hate relationships and witty banter was, just like the MI series, enjoyable, enthralling and very humorous.

Another thing I loved about this series was the slowness. Where as City Of Bones was a non-stop thrill ride, Clockwork Angel brings the action down a few notches. (But do not fear! There are still plenty of those downworlder ass-kicking scenes that we all know and love!) The pace of the plot was also easier to grasp, though I imagine it’s an easier read for people who have read the MI books and already know the terms and world. Either way, steady-going London is a refreshing change of scenery from fast-paced New York City.

Overall, I enjoyed Clockwork Angel just as much, if not more, than the Mortal Instrument series. With a new cast of snarky, ass-kicking characters, creepy enemies, a new city and a not-so-dizzying love triangle, this is a perfect beginning to what sounds like an awesome new series! I definitely recommend!

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