Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Mini Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Author: Cassandra Clare
Published: August 2010
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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: Jem, 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 don't even know where to begin with this book, I loved it so much! I'm a huge fan of The Mortal Instruments series, but it's not just that series, it's Clare's writing and the world she's created. I really liked learning about Shadowhunters, demons, and the like in present day New York, but I LOVED learning about it in Victorian England. I was really happy that the characters aren't all like the characters in TMI. Except for Will, but I was happy about that similarity ;) I must say that Cassandra Clare is the queen of unexpected plot twists. There was a time when I was just staring at the page going whaaa...? By the end I understood, though it was unsettling. Oh, she's also the queen of cliffhangers by the way.
Definitely 5 stars for this one!