Cassandra Clare Clockwork Angel
476 pp. Margaret K. McElderry Books. 2010 ISBN: 978-1-4169-7586-1 $19.99
(From the publisher) “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.”
I absolutely loved the Mortal Instruments series so I couldn’t wait to read Clockwork Angel. Cassandra Clare proved once again that she is a master at creating an amazing fantasy world. The story being set in Victorian London added to the enchantment of the story. Also, Clare did a wonderful job using dialogue true to the time. Yet the whole time there was the element of fantasy despite the time period.
Clockwork Angel, like the Mortal Instruments, has well-developed characters. Tessa has no idea what she really is and doesn’t understand the Shadowhunters and the Downworlders, but she tries her best to appear self-assured and strong. Will is complicated and layered. He has a sarcastic side to hide his true feelings, but in a matter of seconds he’ll turn cold and cruel. This along with his dark good looks has captured Tessa’s attention. Jem, another Shadowhunter, is more gentle and kind, but he’s keeping a secret. Along with the development of all these new characters, Clare has began giving us some background to some of the families from the Mortal Instruments. We also have the pleasure of learning more about the magnificent Magnus Bane!
Tessa is confronted with obstacles at every turn which makes the story even more captivating. Clare wrote in so many twists it was hard to put the book down. Even at the end, I was left wishing for the second one so I can learn what will happen next!