Monday, May 9, 2011

The Clockwork Angel By Cassandra Clare

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(source:

To cut a long story short: Girl falls for  a guy not good for her instead of  the better guy.

I love the cover of this book and the summary made me very excited but sadly this book did not live upto my expectations.Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments(TMI) series was pretty good and this book is supposed to be a prequel to that series.If you have read TMI ,I would suggest you skip this book without a second thought.

This book reminded me of City Of Bones ,actually it seemed to be a retelling of City of Bones,with a twist and the same type of characters .Will reminded me of Jace.He was arrogant and kept to himself.I had to keep on checking to make sure that I wasn't reading a description of Jace because the similarities are uncanny.Tessa is independent but again I get a sense of deja vu when I read about her.

Jem is the only reason I even bothered to finish this book.The 2 stars are for him.

The first few chapters were fresh,the ending was unpredictable but the characters seemed to be caricatures of the original series.The world depicted in this series is already well known. 

If you have other more interesting options  on your shelf,you'd be better off reading them.

My rating:


  1. I really liked the book, it was the first one I read by Cassandra Claire and why I started reading her work.

  2. I guess I had very High Expectations.Plus,If you read this book before City Of Bones,you'll like it

  3. I like your "to cut it short" yup, falls for the wrong guy, IMO. Oh Will...poor guy. I just love him...*sighs*.

  4. I honestly like The Infernal Devices than I do The Mortal Instruments.. I agree with you though, that reading some characters kinda gives a deja vu feeling. Will, for instance reminds us of Jace.. maybe because they're both Herondale? :)

  5. Woww this is probably the only negative review I've read of this book! I won this book in a giveaway but I still haven't gotten round to it.. As a bit TMI fan I was really looking forward to this! Not so sure what to think of it now...

  6. This is my favorite series. I love it. It will be the only one that I am willing to re-read ever!


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