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Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Release Date: August 31, 2010
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 496
Source: BEA/Publisher
Interest: Author
Challenge: None
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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.

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I love Clare's The Mortal Instruments... so when I first heard that she was coming out with a new series, that was a prequel... I just knew it was going to be awesome. And it was! Dare I say I even loved it more than The Mortal Instruments!

The Infernal Devices is set in Victorian London, which I've found, is a time period that I absolutely cannot get enough of. It's such an fascinating time period to read about... not that Clockwork Angel is a history lesson of any sorts, but the ambiance of the setting is something that really made this novel even more impressing. Such rich details!

Being a fan of The Mortal Instruments, I delighted in the backstory and history of the Shadowhunters and the appearance one of my favorite characters from TMI, Magnus Bane! Clare does an excellent job explaining the history of the Shadowhunters in TMI, but to actually see their history in The Infernal Devices... it was brilliant! I hope to learn more about my favorite Shadowhunters (from TMI) by witnessing where they came from.

The characterization in this novel was excellent, that is one of the things that I think Clare does exceptionally well... create memorable and complex characters. Tessa, while quiet in her courage, is a character that I couldn't help but have admiration for. And the boys... Will and Jem are are definitely two reasons why I love this book. I can't wait to see what happens to them in the rest of the series!

I just loved everything about it. Absolutely everything. It's such an easy book to read, it's entertaining and engaging... the characters are awesome and you can't help but feel like your being transported to a different time and place. I really believe fans of TMI are going to love this series! And new readers are going to love it as well!

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Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare + young adult