Book Review: The Clockwork Angel by: Cassandra Clare


Margaret K. McElderry

Publish Date:
August 31, 2010

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Trade Paperback

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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.

Review: Tessa came to London from America, on her brother's request, after their aunt died. Tessa has no one else in the world besides her brother - yet, when he goes missing and she is held captive - she can only turn to those who found her in her misery.

Tessa's journey of discovery is a harsh and bitter one, filled with disappointment and heartbreak. Along the way, she learns to trust and value the Shadowhunters who take her in, but still things are not always what they seem. I enjoyed Tessa's 'bookish' sensibilities, how she loves to quote novels, and devours books like they were food.

This is the start of a prequel trilogy/series to the author's 'Mortal Instruments' series, so not all of the questions/situations were resolved. This book is an interesting twist on the Nephilim tale and I really liked it. The author has a way of immersing you in her world immediately. I definitely will keep reading this series! Remember to look beneath the surface...

The Infernal Devices Series: Clockwork Angel (1), Clockwork Prince (2), Clockwork Princess (3)


  1. Looking beneath the surface is good advice for all of Cassandra's books I think! Wonderful review, I loved this one, I can't wait to own my own copy!

  2. Great review! I can't wait to read this. I loved the Mortal Instruments series. Tessa sounds like a character I'd like.

  3. I definitely agree! Tessa's bookishnesss was a really fun part of the book =) I loved this book!

  4. I want to read this, but I still have yet to read the 3rd book in the Mortal Instruments, which I really want to read...not enough time and too many books.


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