Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

The novel, Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare follows the story of warlock, Tessa Gray in Victorian London.

Since receiving a ticket to London from her brother (Nathaniel Gray) Tessa has been taught how to magically Change into another person (and assume their identity) by the Dark Sisters. She did not know of her powers until recently and they frighten her. But the Dark Sisters plan to marry her to the mysterious Magister of the Pandemonium Club, a shadowy organization, frightens her.

After being locked in her room after attempting escape, two Shadowhunters: Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs save Tessa from marriage to the Magister by. Her rescue was not their original intent,  but related to their first purpose.

The Shadowhunters of the London Institute offer Tessa sanctuary and help to locate her brother. While Tessa stays with the Shadowhunters, she develops relationships with Charlotte Branwell, Will (William Herondale), Jem (James) Carstairs, and Jessamine and learns more about the Shadow World. As Tessa remains in the Shadow World, she soon realizes that her brother is entangled in many mysteries of the Shadow World and getting him back will not be easy.

Since I read and loved Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments, I can’t believe I procrastinated from reading this for so long. The writing and plot were amazing, and I enjoyed reading Tessa’s story. However I thought that the storyline was a little too cliché and similar to The Mortal Instruments, even if there were some amazing twists.

Like Clary, the abduction of a family members already involved in the Shadow World draws Tessa into the Shadow World. And she also has special powers that most warlocks don’t have, compare to Clary and her rune powers. I didn’t exactly like Will’s character because I thought that he didn’t have enough balance in his character like Jace and I didn’t like Jace’s character very much either.

The back stories and motivations of all the characters were well thought out like the character development. Although, like in City of Bones, it took a little longer than I would’ve have liked to really delve into the heart of the story.

One creative thing the author did with the plot was involving clockwork automatons. I thought that this made this prequel series to The Mortal Instruments more distinct, hence the word “clockwork” in the title. Clockwork automatons are a very different type of threat to Dark Nephilim.

Overall though, this was a fantastic read and I’d recommend Clockwork Angel to fans of The Mortal Instruments, fantasy,  and fans of fiction about the supernatural and Victorian London. I can not wait to read Clockwork Prince.

Rating: Read It!-Choose It!

Please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions on this book in the comments section. Are there any similar books you would recommend?


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