Before writing Clockwork Angel, Cassandra Clare wrote The Mortal Instruments Series : City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, and finally City of Lost Souls, which I read back in 2012. So this series, The Infernal Devices, the prequel, has been on my to-read shelf for a while. It’s my advice that if you haven’t read the first series you should! It’s a good one! However, it doesn’t matter which one you read first because though they are about a similar race of people, ‘Shadowhunters’ to be exact, they are set during separate times and are about different characters.
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Published by Simon & Shuster, Margaret K. McElderry in August 2010
In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…
My Take On It:
I had great fun reading this book! It’s been a little while since I read the other series and I enjoyed diving back into the world of the ‘Nephilim’. Tessa Gray is trying to piece her life together after discovering a secret that has shattered it. Will Herondale is secretive about his past and his true self and lets no one in, period. James “Jem” Carstairs is the one person that is loved by everyone else and it’s no wonder with his easy, kind, and insightful nature. In fact, I have fallen in love with all the characters in this book! Cassandra Clare has done a great job writing them in such a believable way and gives a good back ground story to all of them, including the secondary characters. I can’t wait to read the next chapter of their lives! I think I may have enjoyed this book even more than those of the other series. Overall its just a fun book with a lot of excitement and action that keeps you from setting it down for even a minute!
I think I am going to start ending each review with a favorite quote, one that won’t give anything away. So here is one from this book that I thought could take on more meanings than one.
“The smell of salt and dirt and rot came off the water, mixing with the fog. Still there was something portentous about London’s river, as if it carried the weight of the past in its currents. A bit of old poetry came into her head. “Sweet Thames, run softly till I end my story,” she said, half under her breath.” – Clockwork Prince