Readers: February 27th: Apologies for the scattered posting that's about to come during the next week or so. University has just started and I have a lot of work to do to get on top of things (and ahead!). Thanks for your patience, as always. Publishers: I promise I'm not abandoning the lovely review copies you've sent! I'm getting through them and the reviews will come eventually!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Review: Clockwork Angel
Title: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: August 31st 2010
Clockwork Angel is set in April 1878. It follows the story of sixteen year old American Theresa Gray as she searches for her brother, Nathaniel, in London. This occurs after being kidnapped by the Dark Sisters, members of a secret organisation called The Pandemonium Club, whilst expecting to find Nate waiting for her at the docks. Tessa is saved from the evil sisters' clutches by James (who goes by the name Jem) and Will - two best friends who are parabatai, warriors who have sworn to fight together, watch over each other, and are closer than brothers. As the three try to solve the mystery of her brother's whereabouts, Tessa finds herself drawn to both boys and is caught in the dilemma of choosing between them. On one hand is Will, a seventeen year old boy who is handsome but seems to hate everything and everyone. On the other is Jem, an orphan who is keeping a deadly secret, literally. Tessa must decide whether she wants dangerous and passionate, or sweet and gentle. But no matter what she decides, someone will have to get hurt in the end… Magic is dangerous, but love is more dangerous still.
Unlike Clary from The Mortal Instruments, Tessa is not your usual girl. She is not a mundane and is in fact, a Downworlder. She is a Downworlder who has the rare ability of transforming into whoever she wants at will. The Dark Sisters wanted her for this very reason, forcing her to harness her powers so they could take advantage. They weren't the only ones of course, and Tessa is doomed, constantly running from danger. This power of hers fascinating and I absolutely can't wait to see more of it come into play in the next book, Clockwork Prince.
There were links between this book and the original series, though they can be read separately and in any order. Magnus Bane, a warlock we are familiar with from the original series, is part of the London gang. He was quite different then to what he is now, and the change makes for some nice fun. Will Herondale himself is linked to someone from the original series and also Tessa makes an appearance in City of Glass. Once again, these two series can be read in any order but after reading both, you'll definitely have a deeper understanding and satisfying read!
I think I enjoyed this book even more than the original Mortal Instruments books. I found myself loving the 19th century setting, the dizzying difference between all of the characters, and the abrupt twists and turns scattered throughout the book. Just as we finally came to terms with something, we'd discover a new piece of information that completely turned things around. Clockwork Angel is a magnificent book that will keep you guessing until the very end, and even after that! It literally ends mid-conversation, a conversation which readers are dying for more of. Let's just say it involves Will and he has a very important question to ask…
What did you think of Clockwork Angel? How excited are you for Clockwork Prince, which will be released in December this year?
I don't know about you but i'm dead excited. May can't come quick enough! Will adorned the first cover so who will be next? Jem or Tessa?