Friday, February 17, 2012

Clockwork Angel - Review

This week's review is the first book in The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare.

Back Cover:

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.

My Take:

I found this book much more terrifying than the Mortal Instruments series. I don't know if that's because I find human robots quite frightening or what. I thought this book was a lot darker than the others. Still, I liked it. A lot! I found it interesting that that the characters were the ancestors of the the characters in the other series.

I loved Jem and I was certainly drawn to Will. I love the twists that Cassandra uses in her stories. I should be ready for them but I find myself continually surprised.

There is plenty of action in this and lots of adventure. If you liked the Mortal Instruments series, you'll probably enjoy this one as well! I am excited and eager to read the others in both these series!

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