Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
I read Clockwork Angel in less than a day and I'm still riveted at its greatness

Submitted: September 06, 2010

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Clockwork Angel : by Cassandra Clare

I was looking forward to this book after loving The Mortal Instruments series. This prequel had a high standard to live up to, after the raving sucess of the M.I series. I have to say that in the beginning I was hesitant to believe that I could love this as much as I loved the others. I was afraid that it might be too much like the first three books, or that it would be too different.


It starts with William Herondale...anyone who read the first trilogy should recognize that last name. As the name of a Shadow Hunter named Stephan Herondale who, although was dead during the series, played an intricate part in the outcome of it all. And of course Will's best friend and Parabonte, Jem/ or James Carstairs. They stumble upon a mundane near the Thames. Yes this story takes place in London, England, as many great stories do. Anyway she's dead. And that is the beginning.

Next we are thrown into the tragic life of one, Theressa Gray, whom everyone calls Tessa. She is captured and tortured... and in the midst of this she finds out that she isn't human. Worrying over her brother to which she was supposed to be coming to live with all the way from America, she stumbles into a plot by the sinister Magister.

With action, expected by all Ms. Clare's fans, and a romantic twist, I have to say I am thoroughly satisfied by this story. I feel at home with the Shadow Hunters as from the first series. There is a familiarity with the world, that hides in plain sight. But the relationship betweeen Will and Jem and Tessa is all together new and wonderful. Then there is Charlotte and Henry Branwell who run the Institute, and of course snoody Jessamine Lovelace.

I must at least in part also pay tribute to the mundanes in this book. Sophie with her scarred face and Tomas who loved her and Agatha the cook who I really didn't get a chance to know.

Together they create a new family unit that is as dysfunctional as the first. You can see personality traits in known families, giving you new insight to the history of the characters in the original M.I series. And of course I cannot forget to mention a familiar face has shown himself in this book. Magnus Bane! Who was a mischievous Warlock in The Mortal Instrument series and he's back! Still gay and wonderful.

To wrap it up, if you haven't read this book...you should. If you haven't read The Mortal Instruments, that's ok. You needn't have, to understand and thoroughly enjoy this book. I can't wait for the next..... which I believe is called Clockwork Prince. The second in the Infernal Devices series. There is also another book coming out early next year from Ms. Clare, that is a continuation of the Mortal Instruments series.

Bravo Ms. Clare. You have my admiration for your great talent.


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