Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel is a prequel of sorts to the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. This book takes place in the same fictional world of vampires, werewolves, demons, and most importantly, Shadowhunters. However, this book takes place in the late 1870s and in London rather than New York City. Clockwork Angel is a 479 page fantasy novel, the first of a series called The Infernal Devices.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)

This novel focuses on a girl named Tessa and her struggles to find and save her brother Nathaniel. They originated from New York, and were orphaned at three and six, respectively. When grown, Nathaniel leaves Tessa with their aunt while he moves to London for a job opportunity with the former employer of their father. When their aunt dies, Nathaniel sends a ticket for Tessa to come to London and live with him. Once she arrives in London, she is picked up by the Dark Sisters who proceed to force her to reveal her strange power. I don’t think it will give much away to say that she eventually escapes the Dark Sisters, but only after she really learns to use and control her power to Change into other people.

She is then taken to the London Institute, the home of the Shadowhunters. From here, the plot focuses on her getting to know the Shadowhunters, Will, Jem, Jessamine, and the two watchers of the Institute, Charlotte and Henry. They search for an unknown evil person, vampire, or demon who is trying to get rid of all Shadowhunters.

Whatever doubts Clare left me with the extremely disappointing City of Fallen Angels were quelled with this book. It was an incredibly quick read — it only took me a day to finish. This is light fantasy/romance at it’s best. After reading A Game of Thrones, a little bit of teen fluff was just what I needed. The characters were relatively simple, but of course, as is Clare’s style, the main male character seems dark and mysterious. There is a small bit of romance, but it does not detract from the story. Clare also sets up the fickle desires of humans quite well, even though Tessa isn’t technically human.

Though early on in the story, I really doubted whether or not Clare had really lost what she had in the early Mortal Instruments series, I think the almost steampunk nature of the novel and fun world helped draw me into the book.  I’m not really sure what Clare plans to do next with these characters, but I love the world she created so much that I’m positive I will continue the series at some point. I just hope she brings less of the human drama element and more of the fantasy element into play (the Fae were barely even mentioned!).


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Kate Andrews @ Fantasy Romance Novels
    Aug 16, 2012 @ 20:40:26

    Books nowadays are often talks about world of vampires, werewolves, and demons. This book is very much intriguing. I hope to find a copy soon.


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