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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reprint edition (Oct. 4 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141697587X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416975878
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.3 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A century before the events of Clare’s Mortal Instruments trilogy . . . this crowdpleaser’s tension-filled conclusion ratchets toward a new set of mysteries." - Kirkus Reviews

"Mysteries, misdirection, and riddles abound. . . . Fans of the Mortal Instruments series and newcomers alike won't be disappointed." - Publishers Weekly

"Compulsively readable . . . Packed with battles, romantic entanglements, and tantalizing foreshadowing, this will have readers clamoring for the next installment." - Booklist

"Top Pick! Readers will be thrilled and amazed with this prequel to The Mortal Instruments, tearing their way through a beautifully constructed story of action, magic, mayhem, and romance. Fans and newcomers alike will be enchanted by Clare's fantastical world and left begging for more!" - Romantic Times Book Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Cassandra Clare is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices trilogy, and coauthor of the Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson. She also wrote The Shadowhunter's Codex with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than 35 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on Aug. 13 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is the first novel in a new series by award winning author Cassandra Clare. This series is written as a prequel to the Mortal Instruments series. Her first book, City of Bones was nominated, short listed or won 17 awards. It is also the first of her novels I have read. She is often asked if people should read the Mortal Instruments or the Infernal Devices books first. She states, and I believe, it does not matter.

This story is set in London in 1878; it revolves around three main characters, and their involvement with our world and a supernatural world. Our main character is Tessa Gray, a young woman who has just journeyed to London to connect with her brother, originally from New York. She arrives to be absconded by the Dark Sisters, who are training her in a talent she never knew she had. The other two main characters are Jem (James) Corstairs and Will (William) Herondale, both of whom belong to a group known as Shadowhunters. They help defend humans from those who are downworlders and demons. Downworlders are all of those creatures on earth who are not human - vampires, werewolves, warlocks, fairies and more. Set as part of a historic conflict between good and evil, the Shadowhunters have stood between mankind and slavery or destruction for generations.

The story is incredibly well written. The reader becomes transported back in time and into the city of London. As the story progresses, you find yourself thinking about it again and again. The characters and the story will just not leave your thoughts. At one point early in the story Tessa declares: "One must always be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us." That really is true of all good books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ada on Feb. 27 2011
Format: Hardcover
In book one of this series, the main character, Tessa, discovers that she is more than human. When her aunt dies in America, Tessa receives a letter from his brother to come live with him in England. She gets to England and gets captured by bad people, then saved by good, although troubled, people and she learns that she has the power to change appearances.

She is welcomed to live in a big house with a race of warriors/police, with their own problems: the leader is a small woman and at the time of the novel, small woman are neither leaders nor warriors, the husband is the typical crazy scientist, Tessa's love interest has a dark secret that it is not discovered in this book ... so it seems that the relationship might take a few books to flourish, there is also a best friend with a sickness and an unhappy girl and a bunch of servants who are more than servants.

One of those books you cannot put down, and must reread ... but if you are impatient you might decide to wait until the rest of the series is published before you start reading, because there is not real ending ... the writing just stops.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenny "Dreaming of Books" on Feb. 20 2011
Format: Hardcover
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I had finished reading The Moral Instruments series earlier this year and it's become one of my favorite series. So I was itching to read Clockwork Angel, the first book in a new series by Cassandra Clare.

I remember when I read City of Bones and the way Clare described New York inhabited by Downworlders, it had that New York City urban feel but with a darker side. It's the same feeling I got when I read Clockwork Angel. The Victorian London in this book feels really authentic to me. I loved the way she described in detail all the busy streets in the daytime and the dark deserted streets illuminated by gaslight at night. Its so easy to get lost in Clare's world and its one I enjoy returning to over and over again.

I really liked the new characters and each of them had different traits that intrigued me. All her life, Tessa has thought she was a regular girl and she finds out she has a special power that no one else in the world has. She's thrust into London's Downworld of which she knows nothing about. During the course of the story, the reader gets to learn with Tessa as she learns about the Shadowhunters and Downworlders and she eventually comes to grips to who is really is. Shadowhunter Will Herondale is mysterious and a little tortured. Not much is revealed about his background and some of the decisions he's made. He also seems to be harboring a secret from his past and by the book's end its still unclear what Will's motives might be. Jem and Will are best friends and they look out for one another. He's the character I felt bad for because he has a disability that hinders him. There's the beginnings of a love triangle starting to form between these three main characters...
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Format: Paperback
I originally started this book back in January 2013, but I couldn't get into it so I put it down. I got about 180 pages in but when I picked up again this month I started from the beginning because I couldn't remember anything that happened. The reason I gave this 4 out of 5 is because the beginning was still slow for me the second time around. In 2013 I just put it down because I didn't want to take forever to read it but this time I pushed through and it started getting good around the 200-250 page mark. I did enjoy the beginning but it just took me a while to read because of the slow pacing in the beginning. Of course, it got really good and exciting near the end so I'm very excited to read Clockwork Prince but I hope it gets straight into the action.

Now lets talk about the characters, specifically Will Herondale. Man, these Herondales are killing me. Will is sassy, cute and really bad ass. Everything I love in fictional characters. I love the contrast in his physical features: black hair and blue eyes. *Swoons* I do admit, at times he was kind of an a-hole but I think that runs in the family (I mean Jace can be a pain in the ass sometimes too). The beef between Will and Gabriel Lightwood was surprising to me, considering how (possible spoiler??) their families will come together in the future (end of possible spoiler). I don't really know how I feel about Tessa yet, but so far she's ok. She was kind of annoying at times but hey I get annoyed with a lot of female characters.

Now onto Jem Carstairs. WHAT A CUTIE PATOOTIE. He's so sweet and caring and I just want to go give him a huge bear hug. Even though he can be pretty badass at times I just want to lock him in the institute and keep him safe bc of his petite probleme. Not going to say what it is because thats a spoiler!
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