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Book Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (#1 The Infernal Devices)

4. May 2018


Fantasy/Young Adult/Paranormal/Science Fiction/Steampunk/Romance

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 Timesbestselling 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…




I was kind of curious about this series because a lot of people said that they liked The Infernal Devices better than The Mortal Instruments. I rarely give an author a second chance after I don’t like something by them, so I was curious about this series, hoping it would change my mind.

Clockwork Angel has an interesting plot. I like the fact that it’s set back in time, and especially 1800’s London. I also like our protagonist Tessa, and how she fits into the story. The whole thing starts really interesting when Tessa is taken by the Black sisters, and we learn together with her, that she has abilities. Knowing the Shadowhunter society from The Mortal Instruments, it also made the plot a little predictable.

My problem really started with Will Herondale, the guy everyone is head over heals in love with, but whom I feel nothing for at all. Why? Because it’s Jace with a different face. It really annoyed me how Will was so alike Jace from The Mortal Instruments, and how the storyline was so similar when it came to the romance between Will and Tessa (and Jace and Clary).

I really liked the other Shadowhunters; Jem (James), Jessamine, Henry and Charlotte. But especially Jem. He’s my big love in this book! I also loved the introduction to Magnus Bane earlier in his life! But looking back at this book, I kind of felt bored throughout it. it’s so similar to The Mortal Instruments in so many ways, and I just could not forget about that. So. Because of that, I’ll probably not read the rest of the books.

I think that Clockwork Angel is better than City of Bones, and that people will enjoy The Infernal Devices more than The Mortal Instruments, but I probably won’t finish this series.

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