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Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

September 2nd, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Borrowed from a friend

Publication Date: August 31, 2010

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Description from 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: Jem, 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.

I was a huge fan of the Mortal Instruments series so I was so excited to be able to read an ARC of this book.  I thought it was a good solid read but it did not blow me away the way her previous books have.  Part of the problem was I found both Tessa and Will irritating and while there were certain points I did feel for them the majority of the time I did not like them and found their actions predictably naive.  Still the supporting cast of characters were much more interesting.  I can’t wait to learn more about Jem and the heads of the institute, Charlotte and Henry.  I also couldn’t help but smile to see Magnus Bane making an appearance in the book and am hoping we see more of him in the future books.  The storyline itself is also intriguing and I cannot wait to see if the Magistar will be able to complete his inhuman army to try and take over the world.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

4 Responses

  1. Jenn

    Gotta love a little Magnus – and I agree about Jem, I cant wait to learn more about that boy! :D

  2. kay

    I can’t wait to read this one, too! It was supposed to arrive this week but I’m still waiting for it. Glad to hear you enjoyed it though!

  3. dsuzuki

    Magnus love!
    Kay-hope your copy arrives soon.

  4. Pam

    Oh I loved this book possibly even more than the TMI series!

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