Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare The Infernal Devices #1
Posted by Caitie F on November 6, 2012
Summary from goodreads:
When 16-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. Only the Shadowhunters, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, 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
AFter I caught up with The Mortal Instrument Series, I wanted to read the prequel series. I didn’t know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised!
I thought it was really cool to look at Shadowhunters in the past when gender roles where much, much different. Tessa’s shock at women wearing pants, let alone fighting Downworlders. Though even in the Shadowhunter world, women are looked down on by many. Downworlders seem like they are in view more than they are in the more modern series, but they are still as complex as the main characters.
This book was just as exciting as the others. There were twists and turns, but one of the major ones was very predictable, which is always a disappointment. Though it was predictable at time, it was stilla very fun book to read.
It was especially fun to see the characters that we know from the original series, especially Magnus Bane. It helped the reader understand him and his reluctance more. It also was fun putting the pieces together as the book went on. When the “oh” moments hit, they were fantastic.
If you are looking for a fun series, this is a great addition to The Mortal Instruments. It isn’t the best series out there, but it is a fun one!