The Infernal Devices #1
by Cassandra Clare
Published on August 31, 2010 by Simon & Schuster
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Steampunk, Young Adult
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In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them...
After all the hype I heard about this book, I expected it to be better than it was. I found Clare’s idea very intriguing and her Victorian London world well-developed. However, I found the first half of the book a tad hard to get through. But overall, looking at the whole scheme of things, it was a good novel.
Wonderful Characters: I loved the characters. Tessa was multi-faceted. You can feel her sincerity, her caring nature. She loved her brother even after he betrayed her; she still loved him. Will, despite his gruff nature, cares about the others. I came to really love his character. His reserved best friend, Jem, is his total opposite and just as lovable in his own way. Clare’s characters are very believable and you can really connect with them.
Beautifully Written Descriptions: Clare makes you believe you’re really there. I’ve never been to London, let alone back in time to Victorian London, but as I was reading, I felt like I was walking the streets, prowling the halls of the Institute, hiding in the Dark Sisters’ house. Her use of imagery is wonderful.
Some Dragging: Very rarely do I put a book down halfway through; usually I finish a book all at once. But I put Clockwork Angel down halfway through and it took be all day before I got back to reading it. After I did, it took a little bit for the book to pick up, but it did get better. That was the only bad thing I have to say.
Clockwork Angel was a good novel and although I haven’t read Clare’s Mortal Instruments Series, I enjoyed it.