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Clockwork Angel [Paperback]

Cassandra Clare
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Oct. 4 2011 The Infernal Devices (Book 1)
Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still. Discover the riveting first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

Includes the never-before-seen short story Magnus's Vow!

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: 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.

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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, the Infernal Devices trilogy, and the Bane Chronicles. 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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By Ana
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great series by Clare March 13 2012
By Fantasy's Ink TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I've read Clare's Mortal Instruments series before and absolutely loved them! So when I first heard she was making a prequel series I was very excited. I just don't know why it took me so long to read it when I loved Clare's previous series so much.

Well as it turned out, I loved this series just as much as the first one. And the biggest reason for that, as it was for the Mortal Instruments series, is the characters. The characters all just have so much personality and when you see them blended together - no matter what they do I always find it interesting because I want to know what they say next and how they deal with situations and other characters.

Though I'm not sure if others noticed but a few characters from Clockwork Angel reminded me of characters from the Mortal Instruments series. Jace reminded of Will, Simon of Jem and Isabelle of Jessamine. Perhaps it doesn't matter too much to people who haven't read either series before but to people who've already read one series it is a bit odd. Not that it really bothered my reading experience, just musing I suppose. Though I hope that if Clare writes more books in the future (which I really hope she will) she'll not make new characters too much reminiscent of her old.

As with the Mortal Instruments, Clockwork Angel is very humorous, I just found myself bursting with laughter as I read through the book. I loved the character dialogue, you could instantly recognize each character simply because of the dialogue. As I said, Clare is very good at showcasing her characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book 1 - it does not end Feb. 27 2011
By ada
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Dreaming of Books Review Feb. 20 2011
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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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Published 4 months ago by Sabrina Baillargeon
2.0 out of 5 stars Nope
I could not get into this book for some reason and ended up not getting the sequels. It just didn't do it for me.
Published 6 months ago by T
5.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing
A great way to escape your day! Take the time to read this and the others in this riveting series.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I love Tessa and wills characters. Magnus bane is also quite an in depth character. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Published 16 months ago by Jmisner
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Another vacation, another Cassandra Clare book, this one a prequel to the "Mortal Instruments" series I've enjoyed in Las Vegas and cottage country Quebec. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Breath-taking.
Set in the prime and proper days of London, this fantastic story entails Tessa's journey to find her brother and live a simple, happy life with him after her aunt dies leaving her... Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2012 by snow
5.0 out of 5 stars A thouroughly entertaining read
Like the previous books in the series, Claire's writing style is engaging and witty. The literary and cultural references (within their historical context) are clever and correct,... Read more
Published on July 25 2011 by Zephyr_Northwind
5.0 out of 5 stars re-read this book twice!!
I found this book truly amazing. I was a bit sceptical at first glance when I realized the book was set in the rein of Queen Victoria (im not a huge history buff and that kind of... Read more
Published on March 15 2011 by Alyssa Mio
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets better as you read on!
I read the Mortal Instruments books and when i heard this one is coming out, i couldnt wait. After reading the first few chapters, i was feeling down since the book was just not... Read more
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