REVIEW: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

CLOCKWORK ANGEL by Cassandra Clare
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry; First Edition edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416975861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416975861
  • Review Source: BEA/audiobook
  • Cover Look: Stunning
  • Rating: YYYYY
  • 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: 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.


    BRAVO, BRAVISSIMA!! To Cassandra Clare for returning to the literary world with a masterpiece of Shadowhunter fiction that is filled with dark magic, undeniable love and never ending adventure while depicting elements of neo-victoriana.

    I began this novel months ago and could have sworn that I had completed and reviewed it, but will all the talk about Clockwork Prince and City of Fallen Angels so close on the horizon I made a startling discovery. I had not finished CLOCKWORK ANGEL and why I honestly could not tell you, for once I returned to reading it I was frantic in my pace to finish it.

    CLOCKWORK ANGEL is a prequel to the Immortal Instrument series that is set in Victorian England and it has a captivating new set of shadow hunters, vampires, demons and mundanes, OH MY! The story centers on Tessa Gray, an american teen crossing over to England to find her brother but instead she discovers a world that she could never have imagined. Kidnapped, forced into metamorphing upon command (a talent she did not know she had or exsisted) and getting primed for marriage to The Magister. Luckily she is saved right before this unsavory assignation by Will (shadowhunter extrodiniare) whom she realizes is beautiful and dangerous to her heart. Soon, Tessa is within the Shadowhunter Insitute where the truths of this new world that she is now immersed in comes to light. She is amazing as she takes everything in stride, confessing what her captors made her do while trying to figure out what that now makes her. But despite having her whole world change her primary focus still lies with finding wayward brother. This fact leads Tessa and the Shadowhunters on a discovery unlike anything I had everwitnessed; Vampire parties, a mundane with too much Shadowhunter knowledge and some wicked automatons whose sinister actions can mean the distruction for all mankind. As if all this is not enough, Tessa becomes intrigued with Jem and Will; Shadowhunters that are best friends. Yet, her heart may already be claimed by one.

    When I read a Cassandra Clare novel I am immersed within it's pages, reveling in the storyline and drawing breath through it's memorable characters. I can never seem to get enough, that is the beauty of her endless writing talent; her lucid and enchanting story telling that I am forever grateful to have the pleasure of reading.

    Those that are fans of her IMMORTAL INSTRUMENTS series will undoubtably adore and consume CLOCKWORK ANGEL with a fiery passion. I did not think I could love anymore shadowhunters, but I was proven wrong and I do not mind in the least and neither will you.

    Video book trailer by VLC productions


    1. Great review! I'm liking it, but I'm way towards the beginning. Good to know it's a great book! Love the book trailer, BTW. I hadn't seen it before.

    2. The book and video book trailer are made of awesome.

    3. Great review!

      I just read and reviewed it myself.

    4. I just finished this book and I agree this cover is quite stunning!


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