Title: Clockwork Angel
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by — and torn between — two best friends and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
Pages/Hours: 482 pages
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Tags: Historical, Steampunk
Themes: Love Triangle
“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
Review: I enjoyed this way more than I expected to! Will did remind me of Jace from The Mortal Instruments a bit though. I think it was the sassy attitude they seem to share.
Bringing the paranormal elements of the Shadowhunter world to the Victorian era was a very interesting idea. However, the language of the characters didn’t quite match up on occasion leading me to forget the era and the role of women is a bit different too. I understand the reasoning behind it and it is refreshing to read something with a Victorian flare and a contemporary mindset but it pushes the series more into the steampunk genre than historical.
If you’re a fan of The Mortal Instruments then you’ll be familiar with how the Shadowhunters world works but I think The Infernal Devices brings many new elements to it. It gives a much better understanding of how the status quo works and how it influences it’s members.
Tessa is one of the best characters to be introduced into the world with a heartache to rival Clary’s and the friendship between Will and Jem is unlike any I’ve read before.
“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”