Monday, September 27, 2010

Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

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.

Since I am a huge fan of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments Series, I was so excited to read Clockwork Angel. I was definitely not disappointed. Clockwork Angel is an exciting read full of action, adventure, romance, magic, and even some humor. I thought it was darker than the Mortal Instruments series, but I loved it.

I loved that this book was set in the Victorian era. I am no expert, but the descriptions of the places and time felt real to me. I also loved that the main character, Tessa, is a bookworm plus she is witty. There seems to be a love triangle forming between her, Will, and Jem. I like that she did not put up with Will's arrogance, and Will is definitely arrogant, but I liked it. Jem is the opposite of Will. He is such a sweetheart that I do not think he can do any wrong.

All of the characters seemed to have their own story to tell. I do not want to give anything away because I think it is better to read it and find out who everyone is for yourself. I definitely want to know more about Will though and why he is the way he is, so I hope that is explained in the next book.

A major part of this novel involves Tessa looking for her brother, Nate. As Cassandra Clare tends to do, there are many twists and turns along the way. Many of which I never saw coming including a certain betrayal.

Clockwork Angel is an adventurous and exciting read. I loved everything about it. There are many questions left unanswered, but I expected that to happen. Also, the ending does include a cliffhanger. Besides that, this book is amazing, and I definitely recommend reading it.

Rating: 5/5

Swords are for fighting,


  1. AHH! I have this on my TBR pile and I can't wait to get to it! Your review was amazingly thorough without giving any spoilers and I thank you for that! I also loved TMI series and am looking forward to this series!

  2. This is one of my favorite books! Great review.

  3. Do you feel that you have to read the other series first, or can you start with this one and then read the others?

  4. Glad that you enjoyed it so much! I definitely need to try and find a copy soon,

    Wonderful review!

    Here from CEP =)

  5. I loved it too...In fact, even better than the Mortal Instruments series. I think it was the Victorian setting that did it for me.

    Here from the CEP.

  6. I agree-- many questions to answer, but that just leaves me wanting CP that much more.
    I really enjoyed this book too, the characters and setting were wonderful.
    Thanks for your review.

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    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  7. The adventure part sounds really good...and the Victorian setting. I'm not sure that I'd like it if it's too dark. But so many of my fellow-bloggers have had this featured on their site at one time or another, I think I may have to add it to the TBR list. Great Review!

  8. I'm sooooo looking forward to this book. I'm about half-way through City of Glass right now and love the Mortal Instruments series. I love that Clockwork Angel is historical. Thanks for sharing

  9. I had this book in my hand this weekend, but put it down. You have made me regret that choice. :)