Review~ Clockwork Angel by Cassandra ClareMagic 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.
( I have read books 1-4 of The Mortal Instruments so I may spoil you but If you read City of Lost Souls don't spoil me lol) Onto the review!
I am always leery when it comes to spin off series. When I love a world that a series is in I find it hard to read it with different characters, whether I loved the certain characters or not. But Cassandra Clare used the world she created in a brilliant way. By setting in 200 years in the past there are still character that are recognizable from the main series as well as bloodlines and last names that make the reader feel more at home in the series. I enjoyed the fact that we got to see Magnus and Camille in a different light. Events change people and the contrast was unbelievable. Other similarities from the original series Church the cat which was funny I wonder how he got to NY but anyways! The Pandemonium Club in NY was where the City of Bones began which was an actual teen club not a secret society but it was funny that we see the darker side to what this once was.
I found it to be ironic that the Mortal instruments is told from the POV of a girl who didn't know she was a shadow hunter and a girl who didn't know she was a downworlder. I enjoyed Tessa's narrative she was refreshing in the same way that Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice is. She was a strong female character who despite her role in society was ahead of her times.
I liked that there was still world building that we never saw in the other series. It is a little more steam punk which was fun and different. There were a lot of twists and turns from who that Magister was to the back stories of the characters. There is so much mystery and foreshadowing in this first book that sets up a lot to come in the next. A lot of things left me scratching my head saying HUH? but then something else would happen that would make you forget what you questioned until Cassandra brought it back up. In a way I enjoyed this start to the series a lot more than City of Bones, the action and plot lines were more creative and mysterious. I am not yet saying the infernal devices as a whole is better because I have not read the rest yet.
Also we need to talk about the romance. I had seen the Team Jem and Team Will things but for the majority of the book there wasn't even a hint of it. I love my romance and it was funny that I didn't miss it not being there. But by the end there was some sexual tension between Will and Tessa as well as some growing affection from Jem. Will is kind of an ass but his jaded personality is a guard, I think Tessa would be good for him but at the same time Jem and Tessa would be adorable. I am conflicted lol.
Have you read this series? What did you think ? Do you want to read it?