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The Clockwork Angel (Infernal Devices, Book 1) Hardcover – Aug 31 2010
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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
About the Author
Cassandra Clare is the author of the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Lady Midnight, as well as the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy. She is the coauthor of The Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy with Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman, as well as The Shadowhunter’s Codex, which she cowrote with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than 50 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages, a feature film, and a TV show, Shadowhunters, currently airing on Freeform. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at Shadowhunters.com.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.
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...Read more ›
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!Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This is crazy good! So intense, exciting, and emotional all at the same time. One thing I love about Cassandra Clare's books, is that they have both a thrilling fantasy/... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sieran Lane
My daughter loved it... just a bit less than the "City of ....." collection.Published 9 months ago by Jewel
I am a fan of young adult and fantasy reading but this book was boring, it did not keep me reading. The story was taking a long time to pick up, I didn't finish reading it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jennifer
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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 on March 23 2014 by T
A great way to escape your day! Take the time to read this and the others in this riveting series.Published on Sept. 21 2013 by Amazon Customer
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 on May 15 2013 by Jmisner
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 morePublished on Oct. 9 2012 by Chris
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