Clockwork Angel


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I bought it!


Orphan Tessa Gray, sixteen, crosses the ocean from New York to find her brother Nate in Victorian London, her only possession a clockwork angel necklace from her mother. She is ignorant of her power to transform; the Dark sisters are not. They kidnap her for the Magister, who wants to marry Tessa and claim her power.

Shadowhunters, warriors of angel blood, battle demons and keep the peace in the Downworld of vampires, warlocks and other supernaturals. Orphan teen Shadowhunters Jem, Will, and Jess rescue Tessa and agree to help save Nate. Vengeful vampire Lady Camille Belcourt and her current lover, warlock Magnus Bane provide entrée to the Magister’s secret Pandemonium Club.


I thought it was about time to start this series. I will say now that I haven’t read anything from Cassandra Clare before, I understand that this series is a prequel to The Mortal Instruments. I haven’t read it.. should I?

I thought Clockwork Angel was a fantastic read. I was easily gripped reading it over 2 days. I think there was enough given in the story to set itself up wonderfully for the next two books.

Cassandra Clare’s writing style is fabulous. She writes Victorian London incredibly well. She really made me picture it and feel like I was a spectator actually in the book as the scenes unfolded. I thought Cassandra has written an incredibly imaginative world. I liked the idea of Nephilim, Shadowhunters that protect humans from mystical creatures. There were demons, warlock, vampires and much more besides. It wasn’t a predictable plot at all.

I thought Tessa was a great female character. I LOVED that she was a book lover. (Naturally!) This quote is fantastic and oh so true:

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”  

Oh how knowledgeable Tessa is about the power of books! I liked that Tessa was such a strong character. She wasn’t feeble and wasn’t overly dependent on the males around her. I loved that she had a sensitive, caring side too. Jem and Will are wonderful male characters. They’re completely different, but both appealing. I found Will particularly intriguing, probably because the main focus of the book is on him. I’d like to read more about Jem in the next few books.

Clockwork Angel had enough action to keep me turning the pages. It had some great humorous moments too:

“Will looked horrified. “What kind of monster could possibly hate chocolate?”  

Clockwork Angel certainly left me wondering where on earth I’m going to slot Clockwork Prince in to my huge TBR list. It might have to be sooner than I had anticipated…

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
This Is How It Ends- Kathleen MacMahon

5 thoughts on “Clockwork Angel

  1. I think you’ll be disappointed if you read the real series – here’s why. If you’d read the original series and then this one (as I did), then you wouldn’t have like this one. They are kind of the same story. I enjoyed City of Bones (or at least the first couple books), but while there is some good world building, the characters are just not…there for me. AND I was pretty pissed off when the love interests in the Infernal Devices are exactly like the ones in The Mortal Instruments, just reverse coloring. Seriously? Nothing more creative then that? Rant over.

    That being said, I think you’ll like the series. They are a fun read, and sometimes fun is the name of the game!

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