Written by American author Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel is the first book in the Infernal Devices series. Although this book was released in 2010 after the first 3 instalments of the Mortal Instruments series, it is set in 1878 in a unique version of London created by Clare and gives us a little bit of peek into the history of the demon hunting Shadowhunters.
Clockwork Angel follows Theresa “Tessa” Gray, an American girl who travels to London after she is sent a letter from her brother asking her to come. Shortly after arriving however, she is thrusted into a world she never knew existed and forced to develop a power she never knew she had risking harm being done to her brother if she doesn’t do as she told. After the Shadowhunters come to her rescue and Tessa is offered safety in the London Institute, she and her new-found allies now have to come up with a plan to save her captured brother.
I enjoyed reading Clockwork Angel. It was all very well written, everything made sense (eventually) and I was rather surprisingly caught completely off guard by the ending. I thought I knew exactly what was going on when everything changed to reveal the true ending and I felt as eager to find out what happens as I was when I first started reading.
Although I really enjoyed the book, I do wish a little more emphasis was placed on the downworld itself instead of the mundane involvement in the downworld. Unlike the heavy involvement of the downworld in the Mortal Instrument series, we only get a brief glimpse as we meet a handful of Vampires and even fewer Warlocks.
Ignoring my preference for a more fast paced storyline, the only real issue I had with the book was with one of the characters. I’m not going to say which character as It’s better to go into a series with an open mind, I felt as if the character’s only purpose was to be the but of a joke or to change the reader’s focus from the main plot for a moment.
My rating: 3.5/5
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