Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel

Hardcover | August 31, 2010

byCassandra Clare

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Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still. Discover the riveting first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

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.

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Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still. Discover the riveting first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still. When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her bro...

Cassandra Clare was born in Teheran, Iran and spent much of her childhood travelling the world with her family. After college, Cassie lived in Los Angeles and New York where she worked at various entertainment magazines. Cassie started working on The Mortal Instruments series in 2004. City of Bones, A New York Times Bestseller, is the ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.5 inPublished:August 31, 2010Publisher:Margaret K. McElderry BooksLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A solid start to the trilogy. I enjoyed it a lot more than the Mortal Instruments series (despite the fact that I've only read City of Bones, really). I loved how the story took place in Victorian London, I've been reaching for the historical fiction, steampunk lot more often this year (even though it's hardly begun). I liked Clare's descriptions of places and appearances, I wasn't overwhelmed with a boatload of information and it was never boring. In terms of the characters, there were times when some statements said by Tessa irked me but over all, she's a good character. I absolutely enjoyed the banter between Jem and Will, they actually made me laugh out loud. I understand the hype around Will, but by the end of the book, I'm feeling a bit iffy about him. Jem's a gem, though (hahaha, laughing at my own joke). Clockwork Angel was a great start and I'm definitely going to continue with this one.
Date published: 2016-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I've reread this book so many times and I NEVER got bored.
Date published: 2015-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect the infernal devices is 3 times as good as the mortal instrument. I would defiantly recommend this book
Date published: 2015-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS EVER WRITTEN I was a tiny bit disappointed when I read Cassie's The Mortal Instruments so I decided to give her another chance when I started the Infernal Devices series (Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess). I swear I couldn't put it down when I read it. I was fantasized with the characters (WILL<3) , and the STUNNING way Cassie writes. After I read Clockwork Angel, I immediately proceeded to Indigo and purchased the rest of the series.
Date published: 2015-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a great start to the series I thoroughly enjoy the way that Clare writes. It?s inviting yet her vivid and larger than life descriptions make everything pop. Clare combines the old with the new and the weird to create a unique
Date published: 2014-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clockwork Angel One I started reading it, I couldn't stop. A great read, and I can't wait to start reading the next one.
Date published: 2014-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You won't want to put it down! This amazing book is a must read for anyone into fantasy-romance! I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoyed The Mortal Instruments series! Cassandra Clare just seems to have a way of getting you hooked on all of her characters!
Date published: 2014-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :3 That cliffy tho
Date published: 2014-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clockwork angel Another great book from Cassandra Clare!
Date published: 2014-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Clockwork angel Another great book from Cassandra Clare!
Date published: 2014-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clockwork Angel One of the best books I have ever read.
Date published: 2014-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good! Amazing! I would recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure-comedy-romance novels! "Clockwork Angel" displays the best characteristics of all three, it's even better than the Mortal Instrument series! The Infernal Devices are some of my all-time favourite reads, up there with the my other fave series, such as "Harry Potter", "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "The Night World". Totally awesome, a never put down read, that keeps you on the edge of your seat!
Date published: 2014-07-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it The whole series kept glued to the pages.
Date published: 2014-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clockwork Angel Page turner. The best I have read of her work.
Date published: 2014-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Clockwork Angel The ending was a bit of a cliff hanger - dang!
Date published: 2014-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great series If you enjoyed TMI, you'll love this book as well. We meet Jace's ancestor, Will Herondale. If you pay attention closely, you'll know where Jace got all his trusts from.
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ?? How can i get the other chapters???
Date published: 2014-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ?? After reading the Mortal Instruments series I was curious to see how this series would stand up. This series is just as captivating as the last without being identical. I am loving it so far!
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ?? I enjoyed the book and the story. It had the same feel as city of bones but the story was original. Seeing some of the back ground on the characters I had come to know in the Mortal Instruments and new ones witch I came to love. This is a book you can get into if you love The Mortal Instruments or a stand alone series.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ?? Dark as usual, but I liked how the story was told and how you can picture the setting and the emotions of the characters. It feels like I am there. The pacing is good that you want to finish the book in one sitting. Be sure you have the next book available in your kobo to keep the momentum going.
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In love Omg this book is amazing. I started reading these books a few years back but I started with the mortal instruments series and gradually fell in love. This series on the other hand, I instantly fell in love. I can not put my kobo down for the life of me
Date published: 2014-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excitable It's an easy read, but there is always something happening that makes you want to keep reading, it's even more exciting than her other series mortal instruments, never dull. But If you already like mortal instruments you'll definitely like this too.
Date published: 2013-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Another great book by Cassandra Clare very much like the mortal instruments series. the characters are very similar to those of the others series. Will is very much a Jace, and Charlotte is very much like Isabelle. Overall a great book looking forward very much to reading the next one.
Date published: 2013-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book A great book! A little boring at some times but again, a great book with detail and action!
Date published: 2013-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome read! I'm liking this series more than the Mortal Instruments :)
Date published: 2013-07-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good start to the series..... I knew Clockwork Angel will be my catch all the way from the beginning. It was a good start to the series with mystery, horror and of course, romance. It was kind of boring at points but I really liked it!!
Date published: 2012-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not Her Best Work. When I first saw this book, I wasn't sure if I should read it or not. When I did, I found that it was not her best work. The characters were outstanding as always but I found that this book took longer to get into the main part of the plot. When it did I liked it better. The ideas and plot were amazing and the settings good. I wish there would have been a little more romance but I liked how it took place before the mortal instruments series and before they had cars. Kudos to that. :D
Date published: 2012-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed! I looove Cassie Clare. Can't wait for more books!
Date published: 2012-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic start to a series! Honestly, I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to finally read Clockwork Angel. As it’s a prequel to The Mortal Instruments series (of which, I’ve only read the first one of), I thought I’d have to read that series first. While I thought City of Bones was okay, Clockwork Angel completely blew me away. Being close to 500 pages, it was an easy well-paced read. I loved the old London world setting and, touched with a paranormal aspect, it made this an interesting story right up my alley. The plot points with its twists and turns are well established, leaving room for further potential development in subsequent books. I did find the character of Henry reminiscent of Arthur Weasley (of Harry Potter fame).. redhead who’s fascinated by gadgets and inventions.. On a purely superficial note, I absolutely adore the cover of the book (3 Will) ;) This and other reviews can be found at JustALilLost.com
Date published: 2012-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another amazing book from Cassandra Clare! Oh, how I love Cassandra Clare. In short time, I devoured her Mortal Instruments series (which I’ll write a review on eventually), falling in love with Clary and Jace. When the trilogy ended, I was devastated. I needed more of these Shadowhunters and more of the beautiful world that Cassandra Clare had crafted. Lucky for me, Clockwork Angel came out. This was the first in a series of prequels to The Mortal Instruments series. I was scared at first, thinking that it just would not stack up to her previous efforts, but I was so, so wrong. First of all, can I talk about that gorgeous cover? When I was wandering aimlessly through the bookstore (not even knowing that this book was out), I caught it out of the corner of my eye and was drawn in by the dark beauty. The whole cover has an old London, mysterious feel to it and I was in love. Now, the actual book. If I had doubts before, I have none now. Cassandra Clare cannot disappoint me–Clockwork Angel sucked me in during the first two pages and I had a hard time putting it down. I actually decided to read it for the Dewey 24-Hour Read-A-Thon, but was so sad that I would almost be finished the book that I kept putting it down so I could come back to it later. I didn’t want it to end! The character development was spot on and I can’t wait to see Tessa grow throughout the series. The clockwork creatures were terrifying to me, in a way–it made for a great Halloween read. And the love triangle between Tessa, Will, and Jem … well, of course, I’m on Team Will! It was great to see the characters from The Mortal Instruments in this series and I look forward to seeing how the new characters came to be. Each character has their own story to tell and it was nice to read a book and not have to refer back to previous pages to figure out who is who. All of that being said, I definitely enjoyed The Mortal Instruments more than this installment–who wouldn’t love Jace and Clary? Clary was such a great character and Tessa’s just not there yet for me–but it definitely holds a dear place on my bookshelf. In even more great news, the second book in this trilogy, Clockwork Prince, comes out THIS Saturday. I can’t wait to get my hands on it. It will be a great read during this snowy Alberta month. Thank you to Cassandra Clare for writing such amazing books!
Date published: 2012-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This was the first steam punk book I read and i found myself loving it. As always Cassandra Clare wrote amazing characters who are very entertaining and funny. Tessa is very easy to relate to. Will and Jem are two of my all time favourite charaters. A very good love triangle and I was torn between the two boys. A must read!
Date published: 2012-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than I expected! I think I should give you fair warning that at the time I decided to read this book I had already marked some of Cassandra Clare’s other work, namely the Mortal Instruments Series, as DNF. As a result I was very hesitant to even begin any of the books in the Infernal Devices series. In the end, I was convinced to give it a try by some of my fellow Ontario Blog Squad members and I am very glad that they did. For me the first half of the book was a whole lot of nothing. Well, maybe not nothing, but not a lot happened. It was all talk and getting to know the characters, but really very little action. While I did like having the opportunity to really learn about the characters, it was hard holding my attention when I just wanted something to happen. I do have to say that when the action started, it pretty much didn’t stop. It wasn’t over the top gory incidents either. I didn’t get the feeling that the events taking place weren’t realistic for the story, but rather they seamlessly fit right in. While I did enjoy the book, I can’t say that I was really fond of a lot of the characters. Tessa annoyed me for some reason. Maybe it was her dependence on others, or her inability to see things clearly that drove me nuts. Was she a product of her environment and times? Yes! Does that mean I should make allowances for her character? Probably. Did she still annoy me anyway? Absolutely! And that was the best part. As annoying as she was, she was authentic to the times, her upbringing and her character. I really did not like Will, but he too was authentic. What I don’t understand is this need for the main male character in every YA book to be a borderline douche. Jem on the other hand came across as a very likeable, albeit, tragic character. Jess made me want to light myself on fire every time she appeared in the story. There was something about the setting for this series that just worked for me. The setting of Victorian London was spot on and had me believing in the world of Shadowhunters, Demons and the like. Something about London during that time period comes across as a lot more believable than the backdrop of New York City that we find in The Mortal Instruments. What we know of London during that time due to historical record lends a great bit of credibility to this kind of world within a world that Cassandra Clare has created. London, as described in Clockwork Angel, is a cross between being seedy and posh and it is that dichotomy that makes the story work so well.
Date published: 2011-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Storytelling Mini Book Review: I now know what all the fuss is about this author,she is bloody fantastic.The women truly has a gift for telling a story. The world she has created feels so very vividly real and all of the characters are intriguing. The story grabs your attention from the very first line and doesn't let go until the very last line -- and quite frankly that wasn't enough. I started the next book in the series right away, even-though it was already midnight and I really should have gone straight to bed. The dialogue between the characters will often make you laugh your ass off, but within a few pages will also have you tearing up. Brilliant storytelling, unique plot and loveable believable characters -- I very much look forward to reading everything else by this truly gifted storyteller. Fans of both Steampunk and Paranormal literature will enjoy. Now just do yourself a favor, grab yourself a copy of the book, you will not be disappointed -- now ciao as I have to go finish the Clockwork Prince. 5 Dewey's I borrowed this from Natasha & as soon as I finished it I picked up my ARC of The Clockwork Prince, because I just couldn't get enough
Date published: 2011-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addictive and intriguing! I thought this was such an awesome read!! It was so different from Mortal Instruments but yet kept with the shadowhunter world and the institute, just in another era! I CAN'T wait for Clockwork Prince to find out what happens to Tessa and the rest of the London Institute! So happy I found this series!
Date published: 2011-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written This was beatifully written, I loved it! I was expecting it to be have the same storyline as the mortal instrument series but it was so different and blew my mind. I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2011-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great book by Cassie **Spoiler Alert** (But I doubt it will be that much of a spoiler) I read TMI before reading this, and I'll admit I was expecting (and also hoping) that Clockwork Angel would be somewhat similar to City of Bones, but it wasn't. Even though, I wasn't disappointed at all. I loved Clockwork Angel! The only thing that I hoped there was more of was Will's thoughts about Tessa. I liked the fact that Cassie wrote about him in a way that makes us want to read more just to find out what he's thinking about. And let's be honest here, we all know we love the bad-boy Will just as much as we love Jace. ;)
Date published: 2011-08-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Don't Try to Connect to the Mortal Instrument Series Right Now This is not a bad book from Clare, but not my favourite. As I read the novel, I was trying to connect the dots and it was really bothering me. So when you read this book AFTER the M.I. series, put it aside and just read. It IS different...there are mechanical creatures unlike the other series. Be interesting to see what the next book brings.
Date published: 2011-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Promising new series from Cassandra Clare Being a good fan of The Mortal Instruments, especially after City of Fallen Angels, I decided to check out Cassandra Clare's other series. I enjoyed it a lot, but I felt as if something was missing. It took a long time for me for the book to build up into action and that might be a part of it. Also, I do think that the characters are all in all way too similar than the ones in The Mortal Instruments. That being said, this is me being picky, because I really enjoyed the book and I will keep on reading The Infernal Devices.
Date published: 2011-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great writer! Love Cassandra Clare and was left happy when I finished this book. I love how she is putting out one book from this series and then one from the City of series and they all kind of tie in. I'm scared about how this series will end as the other series hints towards certain options. I love will
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! So, I purchased this book not because I read the Mortal Instruments, but because it caught my eye while I was surfing the shelves at my local chapters. I brought it to school with me, and was continuously hounded on by people saying, "Read mortal instruments first, or else you wont get it". I ignored them and continued reading. Well, well, well, I got it alright. I got it and enjoed it. Cassandra states on her site you do not have to read Mortal Instruments to get this. I got this just fine. I really enjoyed it and reccomend. I'm not sure if I will be reading Mortal Instruments, however I might seeing as I loved this. Team Will!
Date published: 2011-05-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable for Clare fans I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book when I started it. For me it started off a bit slow, but did pick up several chapters in. I completely agree with previous reviewers about the characters being quite similar to those in the Mortal Instruments series. That being said I quite enjoyed seeing into the Shadowhunter past. I loved seeings some familiar names (and characters) I'm excited to see what comes next in this series.
Date published: 2011-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Clare Keeps Time like Clockwork I recently flew through the first three books in The Mortal Instruments series and was very excited to pick up this prequel. For the most part, I was pleased with the story and will definitely continue to follow the plot as it progresses through the next installments, but there are definitely pros and cons for this read. Pros: Clare remains true to form. If you are a fan of Mortal Instruments, you will like this book as well. I enjoyed experiencing Tessa's London, as well as all of the poetic references. I am an English teacher with quite an interest in both English history and poetry. I also enjoyed running into ancestors of characters that fans have come to know and love. I have to say, as well, that I LOVED the inclusion of the automatrons! It gave the past a bit of a modern, technological twist! Cons: Though the ancester angle was well played, I would agree with an earlier reviewer, who stated that many of the characters in this series are carbon copies of characters in the modern day offering. Will is Jace, as far as I can tell. I mean, he's clearly not, but he might as well be. His relationship with Tessa certainly mirrors Jace's interest in Clary. In fact, Tessa might as well be called Clary. See what I'm getting at? The other criticism that I have to make is that I don't quite follow the whole point of Tessa's clockwork angel, for which the book is named. I don't want to give anything away, but I really don't understand the significance of it... Perhaps the next novel will clear up my questions... Overall, as I said, I was happy with the story and will continue on with the series. I do, however, think that Clare needs to tie up some very loose ends as she continues with the series.
Date published: 2011-04-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Same EVERYTHING! The first chapter of the book, I WAS HOOKED! I thought the idea behind it all was brilliant and I was so excited to see how Clare continued the story. However, being a die-hard fan of her Mortal Instruments series, I was almost disappointed to see how uncreative she was in her character development. Each character in the book was an almost replica of her characters in the other series (William = Jace Wayland, and so forth). Overall, it was an okay read. BUT, if you're expecting something on par with her Mortal Instruments series, please don't get your hopes up... or prepare to be sorely disappointed. I'm hoping her continuation of this series improves though. I haven't lost hope yet!
Date published: 2011-04-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from entertaining paranormal/steampunk ”The handsome young fellow who’s trying to rescue you from a hideous fate is never wrong. Not even if he says the sky is purple and made of hedgehogs” (40) I thought Clare did a good job at shifting from contemporary New York sensibilities to the London of 1878 . The speech, gender roles and views of foreigners were well done for the time period. Although it’s Jem’s conflicting opinion with the prevalent views of the time that endears him to me; “Whatever the color, the shape, the design of the shade that conceals it, the flame inside the lamp remains the sam. You are that flame.” (283) Will was a bit too much like Jace for my taste, but I was very fond of Jem, Charlotte, and Henry. Tessa’s powers were impressive and provide interesting potential for sequels, but I feel like she’s less fleshed out than the other characters. I often have a problem with heroes of the story (I think Frodo and Harry get way too much credit for what their “sidekicks” accomplish) so maybe I’m just bias against her. I really liked Sophie’s observation about how the more beautiful the appearance of a bug or snake- the more poisonous. I think this will definitely be something that comes back to us in this series. The steampunky aestectics intreague me and I’d like to learn more about Tessa’s clockwork angel and what the magister has planned
Date published: 2011-04-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from let down this book was good, but a little of a let down after reading her other 3 novels. It was a good read, but not nearly as good as the mortal intruments
Date published: 2011-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesomeness =) When I purchased this, I was a little excited, mostly having read the other books written by the author. I thought this would somewhat be a continuation of the story. It wasn't as I imagined but It still used the same features only with different characters. It focused more on downworlder rather than the shadow hunters. I would recommend this to any fantasy-crazed book addict.
Date published: 2011-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Moody Teenager . blogspot. com review As expected, Cassie Clare has written another knockout book! After reading the summary for the first time I was a bit apprehensive to read the book because for one, I'm not the type of person who likes Fictional...history books (with a few exceptions) and two, because The Mortal instruments was so good, could Clockwork Angel live up the the greatness? I'm so happy to say it has. Clockwork angel was it's own book, of course there was a tie between The Mortal Instruments but it sure does stand on it's own. You could trace the bits of humor normally present in TMI (The Mortal Instruments) ,thanks to Jace Wayland, back to Clockwork Angel. But enough of TMI. Clockwork Angel is a new story, new setting and a bunch of new characters. At first the book is a bit confusing but you catch on to what's happening in the first few chapters. The book was totally authentic, you could really tell that Cassandra did her homework on the setting and I loved that. I was in a complete trance with this book. It's really different, yet carries the Cassandra Clare signature writing styles we've all come to love so much. The plot was great! It had a bunch of twists and turns, but not too much. I was still able to follow the story and attempt at guessing what was truth and what was a lie. Sigh...It was gooood
Date published: 2011-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prepare to Surrender Some books you pick up to read are like highly enjoyable coffee shops you look forward to parking yourself in to have a leisurely, relaxing experience. Other books are like Cassandra Clare's wherein tiny darts are fired into your heart and days of your life pass in a blur as you read in a fever very similar to the one experienced by small children in the presence of delicious cake. (see: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/10/god-of-cake.html) I read Cassandra's first 3 books (recommended below) in such a fashion. Once her writing gets its claws in you, you find it difficult to slow down. Clockwork Angel might be my favorite. The incredible character rendering here, along with the torturous mystery pacing leaving you shrieking out theories to friends and loved ones on what will happen next (after of course, you've foisted the books on them and impatiently checked in on their progress for days until they *finally* finish reading them and can understand you). I highly recommend this and all her titles. I'm not entirely sure how I will survive until Clockwork Prince comes out. I'm fairly sure it will involve cake.
Date published: 2011-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous I love this book so much! At first i thought it would be like City of Bones but it wasn't. Its also nice to read about how the shadow hunters started and how some of the devices were made. I can't wait for the next book!
Date published: 2011-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing cassandra clare really knows how to grasp the readers attention and want them reading more. this novel is really well written and you just want to keep on reading! its really good : )
Date published: 2010-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed This book was a great read. It definately left you wanting more. I kept reading hoping they would uncover all of the secrets but was slightly dissapointed that I have to wait for the next book. But overall was a very good read.
Date published: 2010-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Shadowhunter world to love.. Cassandra Clare welcomes us back into her Shadowhunter world and introduces us to a whole new world of characters, along with some familiar names and faces. Clockwork Angel, book one of the Infernal Devices series, takes place in the 1800’s. Tessa Gray is travelling to London from New York to live with her brother who has sent for her after their Aunt has passed away. When Tessa arrives in London and is unable to find her brother, Nathaniel, she is approached by two older women called the Dark sisters who state that they will bring her to her brother. 16 year old Tessa, not too gullible or trusting, hesitates to go with them but is swayed by a letter and a possession of her brother to show that these are his wishes for her to follow. She almost immediately figures out that these two shady women are not what they seem and that there is very little chance of reuniting with her brother, but its too late to take action. While she is kept captive, Tessa goes through an ordeal most wouldn’t survive and it unravels before her that she doesn’t know everything of her family life and even less about who or what she really is. As she tries to come to terms with her truly unique gift, she gets thrown head first into the Shadowhunter world when William Herondale breaks down her door and rescues her from the Dark sisters in a smooth yet messy way. Instantly, Tessa is drawn to the handsomely rude Will and sparks seem to fly on both ends, but stubbornness overrules in the best of ways. After her rescues, Tessa is kept safe in the London Institute while she grasps onto her new reality. The Dark sisters turn out to be just the beginning of the Shadowhunters’ and Tessa’s problems. They investigate the mysterious club that lets humans and Downworlders dabble together and wreak havoc for those trying to keep rules enforced and lives safe and well.. alive. Little do even the Shadowhunters know how deep the club’s plots and manipulations lie, but all will reveal itself in due time with lots of traditional Cassandra Clare-style twists and turns to make you “Ooo” and “Ahhh” over. Clare really doesn’t disappoint in this new series. The Shadowhunter world is the perfect place to lose yourself in and let yourself get swept up in these new characters who become fast friends like her other addictive series. Tessa is strong, smart and lovable with her silver tongue (especially when she’s bickering it up with Will). Will, of course, is my favourite, with his rambling wit, accompanied by his dark, mysterious side that not even his Institute family seems to know the details of. Some might say he’s a doucheboat, but who wouldn’t want to be on the other end of his sexy rudeness with something to throw back at him? The rest of the supporting characters are just as great. The character dynamics between Tessa, Will, and Jem will keep you wanting more of their humorous interactions, especially during the action scenes. As for the descriptiveness that might be boring in other books, Clare brings London to life and makes the book feel more cinematic and picturesque. Wonderful start to a new series in an old world that all of us readers never want to leave.
Date published: 2010-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I've had the three books that make up the Mortal Instruments series sitting on my shelf for quite some time, patiently waiting for me to pick them up and read them...did I mention that they're all signed too? After having heard so many great things about the series, it's a wonder I haven't touched them yet. But, you know the story, time gets away from you, review copies take priority, etc., etc. Then came my opportunity to review Clockwork Angel, the first book in the Infernal Devices series, which gave me a glimpse into this world created by Cassandra Clare. By golly, I loved it! (Yes, I just said by golly, lol) I wasn't sure about Tessa's character right away. She seemed a bit rigid or cold. As the book progressed, all of the characters grew on me considerably. I have to agree with the general consensus that Will needs a good smack upside the head (as many literary characters do), but what the future unfurling of his story holds has got me in a tizzy...the anticipation may just about kill me! Clare has developed this whole fantastic, dark, Victorian Era landscape, with a touch of magic that makes the reader wish they could be transported into it. She represents technology as it would have been at the time but with these creatures, these mystical beings manipulating gears and such to fit their grand designs, yet still held in check by the limitations of that particular time. I think Clare has done a wonderful job of piecing it all together. I also think this would play out very well, visually, on the big screen, especially scenes with The Dark Sisters. The Silent Brothers are fairly creepy too... I was shocked at a few things that occurred in Clockwork Angel. Clare does not hold back in the least, pulling at the heart strings and showing no mercy where some of the more likeable characters are concerned. Want to know what I'm referring to? Read the book! I swear you won't regret it. The unfortunate part is having to wait until September 2011 for the next book in the series, Clockwork Prince, to be released. In the mean time, I am more encouraged than ever to pull City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass off the shelf and read on about the Nephilim.
Date published: 2010-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantabulas This book was soo good I an extactic that she's coming out with another series. I have got to say personaly my favourite charaters are stuck between Will and Henry. Weird I know there so diffrent, but anyways this book is great. So if you liked the Mortal instrument series you'll enjoy the infernal devixes series. Ps. check out the websites www.mortalinstruments.com and www.theinfernaldevices.com
Date published: 2010-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great teen fantasy I'm sure this book would still be good alone, but after having read the first three Mortal Instruments books and looking forward to this release, it was so exciting. I found there were a LOT of paralells to Jace and Clary, and the plots of her other books, but sinced i loved those books I found the references and overlap enhanced this book for me rather than annoyed me. I'm definitely looking forward to the rest of this series, and her next three Mortal Instruments books!
Date published: 2010-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED If you liked the City of Bones, this book is amazing. The characters are some-what similar to the City books (will-jace, Tessa-Clary, Jessamine-Issabelle) but they put a different twist to them. You also see characters from the previous books such as Magnus, Church and others are mentioned which is interesting. Also there is another love triangle in progress which i am excited to see in the next book. Its a must read!
Date published: 2010-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Runs Like Clockwork This is the first book in The Infernal Devices series and also a spin off to The Mortal Instruments series. So I have to start this off by saying I wasn't sure if I was going to like or enjoy reading this book because I'm not the biggest fan of The Mortal Instruments even though I did like City Of Glass but the overall I expected alot more from that series. So with that said I am very happy to say I really liked this book alot more than I thought I was going to. I tried to make sure I had no expectations for this book so I could give it a fair shot and I found that even if you don't like the The Mortal Instruments series you can still read this and enjoy it.I really enjoyed the story and characters, I thought Tessa was great and I love the fact she is a big book nerd and I can't decide which guy I like more Will or Jem (james). Overall a really great book it kept me interested the whole book and I'm looking forward to the next in the series. :0)
Date published: 2010-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal I thought this book was absolutely amazing! I actually think i enjoyed it more than city of bones (I can't say this for certain because i haven't reread city of bones for about a year or two) I instantly fell in love with Will-as i did Jace, of course..- and Tessa's character. The story line blew me away, very unique. I am so pleased with this novel...but very displeased that i now have to wait until September 2011 to read the next one. Err! Don't wait!
Date published: 2010-10-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I thought it was just ok I’m not sure how to rate this book. On one hand, I loved The MI series and this book started off so similar in characters and story so what’s there not to like? Well, I was hoping for something more original but all the characters and the story just seemed so similar to the other series. While reading this book, I just kept feeling that I’ve read it all before. I’m dissapointed even though it wasn’t a bad book. It took me a while to separate this book from the MI series and near the end, I felt this was a different story being told but just with similar characters and written in a different time. If I hadn’t read the MI series first, I probably would have liked this book more because it really is a good book.
Date published: 2010-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clare Amazes Me Once Again! I am amazed once again by the awesomeness that is Cassandra Clare and her writing! Clockwork Angel was easily one of my anticipated reads of the year and did I think it lived up to my ridiculously high expectations? Why, yes I did!! It's 1878 and Tessa Gray arrives in London, England to live with her older brother, Nathanial, only to be kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters who are member of the exclusive Pandemonium Club. While captive, Tessa Gray learns she's not as normal as she's always believed and in fact, she's not even human- she's an extremely rare form of Downworlder who can change her shape into other people both dead and alive. It's this gift that has the Magister, the head of the club, interested in using her abilities. Rescue comes in the form of the young Shadowhunter Will Herondale and suddenly, Tessa finds herself in a dangerous new world where even her heart is at stake. If Tessa ever wants to find her brother again, she's going to have to team up with the Shadowhunters for answers. Cassandra Clare takes on us on another action-packed, wild thrill ride... transporting readers back in time to Victorian England! Clare captures the social roles at the time perfectly- etiquette, the formal way of speaking, the expectations of genders at the time- everything. Women were not expected to be strong, capable fighters but Clare easily challenges this with characters such as Tessa and Charlotte, the head of the London Institute, who both hold their own against the male leads, Will and Jem. The cast of characters Clare introduces easily each stand out with their individuality. Team Will or Team Jem? I can't decide! I couldn't help but compare Will to Jace from the MI series but that's alright because I love both guys. Will's sarcastic sense of humour coupled with his wicked good looks will leave you swooning. But wait, there's also the kind Jem who knows exactly how to always make Tessa feel comfortable in this new world that she suddenly feels herself thrown into. And if great characters weren't enough, Clockwork Angel seems to come to life before your very eyes! Clare's attention to detail simulates vivid images of the scenes with her wonderful descriptions of the setting. There's also plenty of twists and turns that will leave you leaning off the edge of your seat and always guessing just what's going to happen next! Mortal Instruments fans are sure to love Clockwork Angel, the first in The Infernal Devices prequel trilogy, and new readers will clearly be able to understand what's happening if you haven't read the MI books as there is a brief overview of the roles of Shadowhunters. If you still haven't checked out a novel by Cassandra Clare... what are you waiting for? I can't wait for the adventure and romance to continue in Clockwork Prince, due out September 2011. You can also check out the review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2010/09/clockwork-angel-by-cassandra-clare.html
Date published: 2010-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was good... I was kind of expecting a little bit more from Cassandra, since i loved the Mortal Instruments so much that i have read the books about 4 times each. This book was good but maybe the next book will be up to the other series expectations.
Date published: 2010-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from And The Clock Strikes Angel... Alright, so ignore the cheesy review title please. Clockwork Angel, the prequel to the Mortal Instruments series by the very talented Cassandra Clare. The book starts off in London, Will and James, or should I say Jem, fighting demons when they find a dead girl. And of course, its up to them to solve the mystery of her murderer. Then we get introduced to Tessa Gray. Tessa is...unique. Not in her apperance really but her talent. It all started when her brother Nate went missing. He sent a note to two sisters. Mrs. Dark and Mrs. Black. He calls them The Dark Sisters. So, the Dark Sisters have, well, kidnapped Tessa and trained her each day for her powers to appear. Her power is that she can change into a different person once she gets hold of an item by them. But, she's still Tessa inside. When the Dark Sisters inform her that she is arranged to marry the Magister, Tessa finds a way to escape. But of course the Sister's trap her, and she uses her power to escape. And that's when she meets Will Herondale... Will, sigh, blue eyes, black hair, an amazing combination. Throughout the story he made me laugh, tear up, and of course, leave me speechless. He was absolutley breath taking. I just couldn't wait until he came to te story while I was reading. Just thinking about him gives my heart a little skip of a beat. And of course, we can't forget his best friend Jem. But Jem is very sick, sometimes he'd fall to the ground at points in the story and Tessa never understood why. I would tell you how he became sick, but that would ruin a part of the story. Anyway, back to Will. He's the type of guy who really doesn't care about anything. He's very intruiging and mysterious, and of course sexy. We also have Jessamine, Charlotte, Henry, Sophie, and Thomas in the story. Just some more characters who make the whole read a lot more exciting. In one part of the story, the Institute is visited by a Vampire, named Camille. I actually felt bad for her, ( I don't really know if this is a huge spolier.) Because she was inlove with a Werewolf, but the head Vampire killed him because as we all know, Vampires and Werewolves don't really get along. So the head Vampire, by the way his name is de Quincey, destroyed their love. And she never forgave him, she still hates him. Anyway, Camille came to warn the Shadowhunters about what he is doing to humans. You see, de Quincey really hates the Nephilim, and goes against their laws. He hosts a party every Saturday night, and kills a human. Tessa was disguised as Camille using her talent. And she even brought Will along as her subjugate. Which is a human slave for a Vampire that gives them blood and what not. And so, the catastrophe begins there. By reading this, I could tell that Cassandra Clare had really put a lot of emotion into this book, just as much as she put into The Mortal Instruments. But why did she have to leave me hanging at the end!? I was literally screaming when I finished the book! But then again, I love cliff hangers...But only when they are used in the right way. Like some books just totally ruin the whole book with a stupid cliff hanger, *cough House of Night series cough, cough* As I was saying, I love the setting of this whole book, it felt as if I was actually in the 1900's. Most of all, I love Will! My favorite character of all time! Will and Tessa are just perfect for each other! The only thing that disappoints me, is waiting for the next book to come out.
Date published: 2010-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cassandra Clare is AMAZING and this book just helped prove it! I loved this book. I was attached to it from start to finish. I could not put it down! I love the setting in the 1800s, with the formal language and yet witty humour. The outfits and all that. Imagery was great. I especially was drawn to the intoxicating characters. Whether it be proper, stubborn and humorous Tessa, charmingly funny, handsome, warrior Will or loving, live each day likes it's the last, intelligent Jem. Even Jessie, Thomas, Charlotte, Henry, Sophie, etc, etc. I enjoyed them all! The storyline has surprising twists and turns and is all around fantastic. Good read.
Date published: 2010-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Hit and run for Cassie Just like TMI, Clockwork angel is simply amazing. Tessa Gray comes to England after her Aunt dies to live with her brother Nate. Once there she discovers that she has a power that she never knew she had. Tessa is a Downworlder. She is kidnapped by the Dark sisters and is taught how to use this power and is told she must marry the Magister. But Tessa is saved by Will and Jem, who are shadowHunters. With them Tessa discovers things about herself and her brother that she never knew. This book has the romance that we all love about Cassie's books and a character that makes even Jace look sweet. I loved this book and waiting a whole year for the next one will be torture.
Date published: 2010-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great cover art, good read Finally after the long wait all summer, Clockwork Angel was released! As excited as I was to read it, and having high hopes after an intese City of Bones trilogy, I thought there would be more to this book. It was a great story, I found it a little slow though, like there could have been more depth to it. Maybe the next two will live up to my expectation.
Date published: 2010-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AN AWESOME MUST READ BOOK !!!! cassandra clare did it again!! this is an awesome book about a girl named tessa gray who goes to london, england, to visit her brother but instead she discovers that she can shapeshift into anyone!! and she discovers about a whole new world of warlocks, vampires, werewolves and demons and has her very first kiss!!! this is definetly a book im gonna read twice .
Date published: 2010-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dreaming of Books Review I had finished reading The Moral Instruments series earlier this year and it’s become one of my favorite series. So I was itching to read Clockwork Angel, the first book in a new series by Cassandra Clare. I remember when I read City of Bones and the way Clare described New York inhabited by Downworlders, it had that New York City urban feel but with a darker side. It’s the same feeling I got when I read Clockwork Angel. The Victorian London in this book feels really authentic to me. I loved the way she described in detail all the busy streets in the daytime and the dark deserted streets illuminated by gaslight at night. Its so easy to get lost in Clare’s world and its one I enjoy returning to over and over again. I really liked the new characters and each of them had different traits that intrigued me. All her life, Tessa has thought she was a regular girl and she finds out she has a special power that no one else in the world has. She’s thrust into London’s Downworld of which she knows nothing about. During the course of the story, the reader gets to learn with Tessa as she learns about the Shadowhunters and Downworlders and she eventually comes to grips to who is really is. Shadowhunter Will Herondale is mysterious and a little tortured. Not much is revealed about his background and some of the decisions he’s made. He also seems to be harboring a secret from his past and by the book’s end its still unclear what Will’s motives might be. Jem and Will are best friends and they look out for one another. He’s the character I felt bad for because he has a disability that hinders him. There’s the beginnings of a love triangle starting to form between these three main characters…it isn’t too dominant yet but I’m sure will develop more as the series progresses. If you haven’t read The Mortal Instruments series, don’t worry this is a prequel series that follows a different set of characters. If you have read the TMI books then you will recognize a lot of the last names of Shadowhunters. They might possibly be the ancestors of the characters in the TMI books but I don’t know for sure if they are or not. Overall, Clockwork Angel is a great start to the series with a unique setting, a bit of romance and plot twists that come from nowhere.
Date published: 2010-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Having not read the Mortal Instruments books, I wasn't sure if I should read this one. But I'm glad I did! I do suggest reading the M.I. books first because I did have to ask a friend about certain things. But the book was great. Very Victorian, but not too bogged down with historical details. The fantasy element worked wonderfully and the characters were great! I cannot wait for the next books and in the meantime I will be reading the Mortal Intruments! I recomend to everyone
Date published: 2010-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't wait for the next one! Having read and loved the Mortal Instrument series I was excited and yet uncertain about this novel. At first I had the impression like it was just a repeat of Mortal Instruments but it soon took on it's own spin and I enjoyed it very much. It was fun to hear the names of some characters from the Mortal Instrument series but you don't have to read them to enjoy this one. I absolutely can't wait for the next one, I'm sure it'll be as fun to read as this one!
Date published: 2010-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun, Fun, Fun!!! Shadowhunters, warlocks, vampires, shape-changers, demons and even some humans have been keeping me company the last couple of days and now that they’ve left, I miss them. Yes, you read that right – I even miss those demented demons. Clockwork Angel begins when Tessa Gray, sixteen and orphaned, leaves America to join her brother in London to begin a new life. It turns out that London is not quite what she expected. The story follows Tessa as she navigates London’s Downworld. It’s replete with creatures that don’t exactly have her best interests at heart, but also some that, surprisingly, do. The author has a knack for imbibing her characters with distinct personalities that convey humour, anger, bewilderment and many other traits. Interaction between the characters is one of things I enjoyed most about this novel. The pace of the story is perfect. It starts out with an action sequence and drew me right in. The book is well over 400 pages but it took me just two days to read it – and I didn’t want it to end. The action took place in settings that were well-described: Victorian London with mysterious fogs; horse-drawn carriages; gothic dwellings. It set an atmosphere that I wanted to stay in. I would love to see these books turned into movies! Why not? They did it with Harry Potter and Twilight after all. Clockwork Angel is the first book in the Infernal Devices series and is the prequel to the Mortal Instruments series, which I have not read yet. I do have it though (actually I have a signed copy of one of the books so, being the book nerd that I am, I need to get a reading copy to read it instead of the signed one). There is nothing in Clockwork Angel that made me think I should have read the Mortal Instruments series first – it stands on its own quite well but is so much fun it just makes me want to read the Infernal Devices books now. The only drawback to having finished Clockwork Angel is that I have to wait an entire year to read the next book!
Date published: 2010-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quite a Good Story! Yet, I have not read any other books by Cassandra Clare I have not read the previous books written by Clare as I am not into "Teen Fiction". However in stating this, I found the Jacket cover interesting and therefore, I read some of the book reviews and decided to take a chance and read the "Clockwork Angel". I was pleasently surprised how immediately I was drawn into the story. There are many unanswered questions in the book which obviously call for a Book 2 at least! I for one look forward to reading more. I only hope that the next book was as enjoyable to read as this one was. I'm still not sure if I will read the other books Cassandra Clare wrote previously, we will see.
Date published: 2010-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Shadowhunters with a Victorian Twist I feel as though I have been waiting foreeevvver for this book. I am a huge fan of Cassandra Clare’s ‘Mortal Instruments’ series, and when the release date was announced for the first book in her new ‘Infernal Devices’ series, I immediately wrote it down on every calendar in my house. Let me tell you, back then August 31st 2010 felt like a long way away. “Clockwork Angel” is about the Shadowhunters in London, England during the late 1800’s. That is Victorian England with a steampunk edge, including automatons and other neat gadgets. They give an interesting twist to the already fascinating world that Cassandra has written. They also add a whole lot of creepy. Cassandra Clare writes endearing characters and there are quite a few in this series. Characters I want to know more about. Characters I want answers about! First there is Theresa Gray. Tessa thinks she’s just an ordinary American girl who is summoned to England by her brother after her Aunt dies. But there is more to her than there appears and her power is truly unique. That makes her wanted by some of the most dangerous and powerful Downworlders (vampires, warlocks ect…) in London. Although she is frightened and alone, she manages her situation amazingly well. Anyone put in her place would crack. Once she is at the Institute, she is not afraid to ask a lot of questions, which I find cute. Another aspect of Tessa that I really enjoyed was that she loves books and quotes some here and there. I really like Tessa. Then there is William Herondale. Will is a boob. There is a sweet and tender side to him, but he hides it. He is happier with people believing he’s a boy who likes to drink and who loves the ladies. I know there is something that Will is hiding. Something Big! But in true Cassandra Clare fashion, we are left dangling at the edge of our seat at the very end of the book when he approaches the Warlock Magnus Bane to ask for his help. With what? Why? What’s his secret? Aug! Next is James Carstairs. Jem is a dear. Infected with a disease, he is often frail and weak. But when he is healthy, he is a strong Shadowhunter. He is kind and a good friend. In fact, he’s the only one Will is civil towards. Where Will is harsh, Jem is considerate. He is a true gentleman. Even the more supporting characters get their fair share of time on the page. Enough so that we get to know them, feel for them. Enough so that we mourn for them when some are lost. I particularly like how Cassandra introduces Henry and Charlotte. A young married couple charged with running the Institute. There is love there, but distance as well as Henry is lost in his ‘trinket world’. I can’t wait to see more of this couple. The villain, the Magister, is fantastic. Really wicked and sinister and all that. And he pretty much comes out of left field. And his side kick?! Let’s just say that when you discover all the information about him, you want to kick him in the head…hard. Very well done. Of course there will be a little romance in this series. And at this point it’s difficult to say where it’s all headed and with whom. Tessa is more drawn to Will, but Will is doing his very best to push her away. Jem is sweet, but is he a good match for her? And then there is Magnus Bane with Camille! Whoa! (If you’ve read the ‘Mortal Instruments’, you’ll understand how that idea makes my eyes bug out of my head!) My most favorite part of the ‘Mortal Instruments’ books was the dialogue and the sarcastic banter that occurred between the characters. The wit in that series is sharp. I missed that in “Clockwork Angel”. It’s not that the dialogue wasn’t witty, it’s just that it was witty Victorian style. You can’t get the same edge while speaking proper English from the late 1800’s. I was wondering how Cassandra would write a new story about Shadowhunters, keeping it different enough from her Mortal Instruments books but not straying too far as to alienate the fans of her first series. She manages wonderfully. In fact, you absolutely do not have to read the Mortal Instruments books before picking up “Clockwork Angel” – it really is its own story. This was a good book, one that I will most likely re-read before “Clockwork Prince” comes out September 2011. And I will pounce on ‘”Clockwork Prince” the day it comes out because there are so many questions to be answered!!!
Date published: 2010-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A pleasent surprise I have to say that I wasn't expecting anything at all from this book. I was told that if I enjoyed the Twilight series, or "Hush, Hush," I would enjoy this book. I didn't like Twilight or Hush, Hush, so I thought that this was probably going to be another stupid romance with some fantasy elements thrown in. Boy, I was wrong, and I'm glad I was. Cassandra Clare has woven a suspenseful, fast-paced tale. Unlike Twilight or Hush, Hush, the romantic relationships did not get into the way of the story. There is a larger plot, and romance takes the backseat (as it should). The characters care about each other, yes, but their relationship is allowed to grow, subtly, and isn't repeatedly thrown into our faces. And I can actually understand WHY the characters like each other - they have similar interests, similar personalities, similar histories, etc. I was hooked, and the book reminded me just why I love reading fantasies. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good adventure.
Date published: 2010-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME Went out and bought this book the day it was released and DEVOURED it lol its similar to the mortal instruments follows the same type of plot line lol but it kicked butt really liked this book i think i might prefer it to the mortal instruments but well see how it plays out lol either way its a must read
Date published: 2010-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! One of Clare's best works! If you liked the Mortal Instruments you will devour the Clockwork Angel! Clare advised her readers to have read the Mortal Instruments beforehand, but it is not necessary; although, personally I would advice it for full satisifaction. This time around Clare was able to give us a very exciting plot because she didn't have to explain the shadow world in full detail, therefore she spends more time on the plot and character development. This is also Clare's best work by far because she incorporates little blips of old Lit and you can really see how her writing is developing much further because she allows the readers to think beyond the book by the way she conveys insightful and meaningful ideas or thoughts.
Date published: 2010-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from She's done it again Cassandra Clare has yet again written a story with such lively characters, high stakes, magic, and intriguing love interests - it's impossible to put down, and indefinitely hard to stop thinking about.
Date published: 2010-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exciting! I've been looking forward to another book from Cassandra Clare since I finished the Mortal Instruments Series. I had very high expectations and she certainty didn't let me down. A romantic tale of magical proportions set in the lovely backdrop of 19th Century London. What more could a girl ask for. 3
Date published: 2010-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cassandra Clare is back for more! Tessa Gray arrives in London, England, during the year 1878 looking for her older brother, Nathaniel, who had sent her a note telling her to meet him. But instead of finding Nate, Tessa is introduced to The Dark Sisters, who claim that Nate sent them to meet her. But the Dark Sisters are not who they seem to be, and Tessa is held against her will by them as they train her and her special “power” that she never knew she had – the power to change shape. By holding an object that once belonged to somebody, Tessa can change her looks into that person and can feel all their thoughts inside her head. She never knew she could do this, and the Dark Sisters train her until she can control her power at will. They blackmail her into doing what they want by threatening to kill Nate if she doesn’t agree to work with them. Then, when she has finally mastered it, they tell her that all their hard work was done so that a man named The Magister could take over and control Tessa. But fortunately, there is a knight to come save the day. Will rescues Tessa from the Dark Sisters and takes her back to the London Institute, where she discovers the Shadow World. Warlocks, faeries, vampires, werewolves, demons and Shadowhunters; all of these things are new to Tessa. She is not only introduced to a whole new world, but all new friends as well. Will, the handsome dark-haired boy who seems to keep everybody at a distance; Jem, the one who is kind and sweet, but has a deadly secret; Jessamine, a shallow Shadowhunter who is fighting for what she really wants; and then there’s Charlotte and Henry, the ones who run the Institute, but are curious in their own ways. But The Magister is still after Tessa, and he seems to have created an army made of clockwork and metal to do so. As Tessa and her new friends try to figure out The Magister’s plans, they discover that trust is hard to find and the power of magic and love is deadly. I really enjoyed reading this new story that Clare has created. The world is the same, but there are all new characters with an entirely different story. Tessa was very different compared to Clary in The Mortal Instruments trilogy, and it was neat to read about her views and thoughts and compare the two heroines. Having the setting in London during the 1800s is a nice contrast to the YA books nowadays. And also the fact that Tessa was such a bookworm and could quote so many poems and famous writers added a nice touch to the story too. The only negative thing I have to say about this book was that some parts were a little, teeny tiny bit dry. I think maybe it was because there wasn’t enough action in this book that was present in the other series. However, I cannot go as far as saying that I didn’t like this book because I wasn’t all too fond of City of Bones when I first read it either. But after I got to the second book, I was completely hooked. So hopefully, Clockwork Prince will be the same. The Infernal Devices has gotten off to a great start, and I am eager to see where it will take us next. 4.5 stars.
Date published: 2010-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What else would you expect from Cassandra Clare? Perfection!
Date published: 2010-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best of the 200 books read this year. This is the first novel in a new series by award winning author Cassandra Clare. This series is written as a prequel to the Mortal Instruments series. Her first book, City of Bones was nominated, short listed or won 17 awards. It is also the first of her novels I have read. She is often asked if people should read the Mortal Instruments or the Infernal Devices books first. She states, and I believe, it does not matter. This story is set in London in 1878; it revolves around three main characters, and their involvement with our world and a supernatural world. Our main character is Tessa Gray, a young woman who has just journeyed to London to connect with her brother, originally from New York. She arrives to be absconded by the Dark Sisters, who are training her in a talent she never knew she had. The other two main characters are Jem (James) Corstairs and Will (William) Herondale, both of whom belong to a group known as Shadowhunters. They help defend humans from those who are downworlders and demons. Downworlders are all of those creatures on earth who are not human - vampires, werewolves, warlocks, fairies and more. Set as part of a historic conflict between good and evil, the Shadowhunters have stood between mankind and slavery or destruction for generations. The story is incredibly well written. The reader becomes transported back in time and into the city of London. As the story progresses, you find yourself thinking about it again and again. The characters and the story will just not leave your thoughts. At one point early in the story Tessa declares: "One must always be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us." That really is true of all good books. The reader comes away changed - changed either in their outlook on the world, their philosophy, or even in their intentions towards their fellow humans. This book does that. The reader will see the battle between light and darkness differently. They will look at the world around them differently and wonder if what they are seeing is really real, or just seems to be real. Prior to reading this book I had only read two short stories by Cassandra Clare. I enjoyed both but this novel shows the skill and power over words that Cassandra Clare has. It was an incredible novel and I now plan on reading all of her other books.
Date published: 2010-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! Cassandra Clare has done it again creating a strong and fantastic read for her new trilogy. If you loved The Mortal Instruments you will love The Infernal Devices. You will notice similar characteristics between Will and Jace...being arrogant seems to run in the family. Magnus pops in for a chapter or two, we get to see a different side of him. I was hoping for a little bit more Magnus but I think we may be seeing him a lot more in Book 2. Tessa is a strong female type. I like how she grew throughout the book. I saw some similarities to Clary. In the Twitter world everyone seems to be able to pick between Team Jem (James) and Team Will. I truly cannot decide. I am torn. I feel bad for Jem because of his secret but he makes the best of it and acts like a complete gentlemen at all time unlike Will who is a jerk at the best of times but when he decides to be sweet and gentlemanly it’s perfect. I really can’t decide. So I am going to take Cassandra’s advice and go with TEAM CHURCH for now LOL. Each chapter ended with me wanting more. I was always sad thatmy lunch break was over so I couldn’t keep reading. If you are a fan of The Mortal Instruments make sure you pick up the Clockwork Angel on August 31, 2010. The Results: Rating: 5 out of 5 Would I let my 15 year old sister read: Heck Yes! No course language or inappropriate sexual references. For more reviews please check out my blog at www.vampsweresandcassay.blogspot.com
Date published: 2010-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clockwork Angel...an early review (I had the fortunate opportunity to receive an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) of Clockwork Angel, so I am excited to share my initial thoughts to Cassandra Clare’s fans. This is essentially spoiler free with only a few references to the novel’s tone and characters.) One word comes to mind when I think about Cassandra Clare’s new Steampunk/Fantasy novel, Clockwork Angel and that is “delicious.” Sitting down with this novel, is like partaking in a grand feast, but instead of food, it is a feast of words. With each novel, Clare’s writing improves and Clockwork Angel is certainly her finest novel yet. With luscious descriptions of Victorian London’s Downworld and its inhabitants and her ability to smoothly transition between her character’s perspectives, Clare has emerged as a writer who is not only mastering the craft, but has certainly earned herself among the ranks of one of today’s most innovative voices in teen books. Fans of The Mortal Instruments (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass and the forthcoming City of Fallen Angels [coming in 2011]) are already familiar with world hidden from humans (or mundanes), of Shadowhunters (or the Nephilim, half human half angel warriors who keep the world safe from demons) and Downworlders (vampires, warlocks and other supernatural creatures.) Where The Mortal Instruments took place in modern day New York City, Clare’s new series, The Infernal Devices, is a pre-quel set in Victorian England. Clockwork Angel focuses on sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray who comes to London via New York to meet her brother Nate. Instead, she is kidnapped by the creepy Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, and discovers that not only does she have the power to transform into another person, but that the sisters want to train her for their master, the Magister. When Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, she meets James (or Jem), a pale but gorgeous silver-haired boy with a terrible secret and his best friend, the moody but beautiful dark-haired Will, whose flippant manner keeps people at a distance. (I am sure that early readers of this novel have already set up Team Will/Team Jem camps.) As they learn more about the Magister’s plot to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may have to choose between her brother and her new friends. Contemporary book references, the complexities of class and gender during the period seamlessly link together with Institute politics, fast paced action and dramatic romantic tension. You will most certainly be carried away by Clare’s version of Victorian London and the fluidity in which she describes the characters and their world; how Will smiles “the way Lucifer might have smiled, moments before he fell from heaven,” or how Charlotte’s words were “like a key unlocking a door,” are just some of the mouthfuls you will come across. Yet, nothing seems heavy handed; it just is part of the story. If you haven’t read The Mortal Instruments, than this is the perfect introduction to Cassandra Clare, as you will see her at the top of her craft. If you have read her, than you are in for a treat. The only problem will be the waiting for the next installment.
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! will be blogging about it ASAP so make sure to come check it out! would appreciate the follows? www.sherrylaybookblogs.blogspot.com please and THANK YOU!
Date published: 2010-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How can I wait this long?! I am religiously addicted to this series... and I have to wait till August... Grr!! Oh well, it'll be worth it! And the cover!! It's beautiful once again <3
Date published: 2010-03-31

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Clockwork Angel 1THE DARK HOUSE Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade —William Ernest Henley, “Invictus” “The Sisters would like to see you in their chambers, Miss Gray.” Tessa set the book she had been reading down on the bedside table, and turned to see Miranda standing in the doorway of her small room—just as she did at this time every day, delivering the same message she delivered every day. In a moment Tessa would ask her to wait in the corridor, and Miranda would leave the room. Ten minutes later she’d return and say the same thing again. If Tessa didn’t come obediently after a few of these attempts, Miranda would seize her and drag her, kicking and screaming, down the stairs to the hot, stinking room where the Dark Sisters waited. It had happened every day of the first week that Tessa had been in the Dark House, as she had come to call the place they kept her prisoner, until eventually Tessa had realized that the screaming and kicking didn’t do much good and simply wasted her energy. Energy that was probably better saved for other things. “One moment, Miranda,” Tessa said. The maid bobbed an awkward curtsy and went out of the room, shutting the door behind her. Tessa rose to her feet, glancing around the small room that had been her prison cell for six weeks. It was small, with flowered wallpaper, and sparsely furnished—a plain deal table with a white lace cloth over it where she ate her meals; the narrow brass bed where she slept; the cracked washstand and porcelain jug for her ablutions; the windowsill where she stacked her books, and the small chair where she sat each night and wrote letters to her brother—letters she knew she could never send, letters she kept hidden under her mattress where the Dark Sisters would not find them. It was her way of keeping a diary and of assuring herself, somehow, that she would see Nate again someday and be able to give them to him. She crossed the room to the mirror that hung against the far wall, and smoothed down her hair. The Dark Sisters, as they in fact seemed to wish to be called, preferred her not to look messy, although they didn’t appear to mind her appearance one way or the other past that—which was fortunate, because her reflection made her wince. There was the pale oval of her face dominated by hollow gray eyes—a shadowed face without color in its cheeks or hope in its expression. She wore the unflattering black schoolmarmish dress that the Sisters had given her once she’d arrived; her trunk had never followed her, despite their promises, and this was now the only piece of clothing she owned. She looked away quickly. She hadn’t always flinched from her reflection. Nate, with his fair good looks, was the one in the family generally agreed to have inherited her mother’s beauty, but Tessa had always been perfectly content with her own smooth brown hair and steady gray eyes. Jane Eyre had had brown hair, and plenty of other heroines besides. And it wasn’t so bad being tall, either—taller than most of the boys her own age, it was true, but Aunt Harriet had always said that as long as a tall woman carried herself well, she would forever look regal. She didn’t look regal now, though. She looked pinched and bedraggled and altogether like a frightened scarecrow. She wondered if Nate would even recognize her if he saw her today. At that thought her heart seemed to shrink inside her chest. Nate. He was the one she was doing all this for, but sometimes she missed him so much it felt like she’d swallowed broken glass. Without him, she was completely alone in the world. There was no one at all for her. No one in the world who cared whether she lived or died. Sometimes the horror of that thought threatened to overwhelm her and plunge her down into a bottomless darkness from which there would be no return. If no one in the entire world cared about you, did you really exist at all? The click of the lock cut her thoughts off abruptly. The door opened; Miranda stood on the threshold. “It is time to come with me now,” she said. “Mrs. Black and Mrs. Dark are waiting.” Tessa looked at her in distaste. She couldn’t guess how old Miranda was. Nineteen? Twenty-five? There was something ageless about her smooth round face. Her hair was the color of ditch water, pulled back harshly behind her ears. Exactly like the Dark Sisters’ coachman, she had eyes that protruded like a frog’s and made her look like she was permanently surprised. Tessa thought they must be related. As they went downstairs together, Miranda marching along with her graceless, clipped gait, Tessa raised her hand to touch the chain around her throat where the clockwork angel hung. It was habit—something she did each time she was forced to see the Dark Sisters. Somehow the feel of the pendant around her neck reassured her. She kept hold of it as they passed landing after landing. There were several levels of corridors to the Dark House, though Tessa had seen nothing of it but the Dark Sisters’ chambers, the halls and stairs, and her own room. Finally they reached the shadowed cellar. It was dank down here, the walls clammy with unpleasant moisture, though apparently the Sisters didn’t mind. Their office was ahead, through a set of wide double doors. A narrow corridor led away in the other direction, vanishing into darkness; Tessa had no idea what lay down that hallway, but something about the thickness of the shadows made her glad she had never found out. The doors to the Sisters’ office were open. Miranda didn’t hesitate, but clomped inside, Tessa following after her with great reluctance. She hated this room more than any other place on earth. To begin with, it was always hot and wet inside, like a swamp, even when the skies outside were gray and rainy. The walls seemed to seep moisture, and the upholstery on the seats and sofas was always blooming with mold. It smelled strange as well, like the banks of the Hudson on a hot day: water and garbage and silt. The Sisters were already there, as they always were, seated behind their enormous raised desk. They were their usual colorful selves, Mrs. Black in a dress of vibrant salmon pink and Mrs. Dark in a gown of peacock blue. Above the brilliantly colored satins, their faces were like deflated gray balloons. They both wore gloves despite how hot the room was. “Leave us now, Miranda,” said Mrs. Black, who was spinning the heavy brass globe they kept on the desk with one plump, white-gloved finger. Tessa had many times tried to get a better look at the globe—something about the way the continents were laid out had never looked quite right to her, especially the space in the center of Europe—but the sisters always kept her away from it. “And shut the door behind you.” Expressionless, Miranda did as asked. Tessa tried not to wince as the door shut behind her, closing off what little breeze there was in this airless place. Mrs. Dark tilted her head to the side. “Come here, Theresa.” Of the two women, she was the more kind—more likely to wheedle and persuade than her sister, who liked to convince with slaps and hissed threats. “And take this.” She held something out: a dilapidated bit of pink fabric tied in a bow, the sort that might be used as a girl’s hair ribbon. She was used to being handed things by the Dark Sisters now. Things that had once belonged to people: tie pins and watches, mourning jewelry, and children’s toys. Once the laces of a boot; once a single earring, stained with blood. “Take this,” said Mrs. Dark again, a hint of impatience in her voice. “And Change.” Tessa took the bow. It lay in her hand, as light as a moth’s wing, and the Dark Sisters stared impassively at her. She remembered books she had read, novels in which characters were on trial, standing quaking in the dock at the Old Bailey and praying for a verdict of not guilty. She often felt she was on trial herself in this room, without knowing of what crime she stood accused. She turned the bow over in her hand, remembering the first time the Dark Sisters had handed an object to her—a woman’s glove, with pearl buttons at the wrist. They had shouted at her to Change, had slapped her and shaken her as she’d told them over and over again with rising hysteria that she had no idea what they were talking about, no idea what they were asking her to do. She hadn’t cried, even though she’d wanted to. Tessa hated to cry, especially in front of people she didn’t trust. And of the only two people in the world she trusted, one was dead and the other imprisoned. They had told her that, the Dark Sisters, had told her that they had Nate, and if she didn’t do what they said, he would die. They’d showed her his ring, the one that had been her father’s—stained with blood now—to prove it. They hadn’t let her hold it or touch it, had snatched it back as she’d reached for it, but she’d recognized it. It was Nate’s. After that she had done everything they’d asked. Had drunk the potions they’d given her, done the hours of agonizing exercises, forced herself to think the way they wanted her to. They’d told her to imagine herself as clay, being shaped and molded on the potter’s wheel, her form amorphous and changeable. They’d told her to reach down into the objects they’d given her, to imagine them as living things, and to draw out the spirit that animated them. It had taken weeks, and the first time she had Changed, it had been so blindingly painful that she’d vomited and passed out. When she’d woken, she’d been lying on one of the moldering chaises in the Dark Sisters’ rooms, a damp towel being sponged across her face. Mrs. Black had been leaning down over her, her breath as bitter as vinegar, her eyes alight. “You did well today, Theresa,” she had said. “Very well.” That evening when Tessa had gone up to her room, there had been gifts for her, two new books on her bedside table. Somehow the Dark Sisters had realized that reading and novels were Tessa’s passion. There was a copy of Great Expectations and—of all things—Little Women. Tessa had hugged the books to herself and, alone and unwatched in her room, had let herself cry. It had grown easier since then, the Changing. Tessa still didn’t understand what happened inside her to make it possible, but she had memorized the series of steps the Dark Sisters had taught her, the way a blind person might memorize the number of paces it takes to walk from their bed to the door of their room. She didn’t know what was around her in the strange dark place they asked her to journey to, but she knew the pathway through it. She drew on those memories now, tightening her grip on the ragged bit of pink fabric she held. She opened her mind and let the darkness come down, let the connection that bound her to the hair ribbon and the spirit inside it—the ghostly echo of the person who had once owned it—unravel like a golden thread leading through the shadows. The room she was in, the oppressive heat, the noisy breathing of the Dark Sisters, all of it fell away as she followed the thread, as the light grew more intense around her and she wrapped herself in it as if she were wrapping herself in a blanket. Her skin began to tingle and to sting with thousands of tiny shocks. This had been the worst part, once—the part that had convinced her she was dying. Now she was used to it, and bore it stoically as she shuddered all over, from her scalp to her toes. The clockwork angel around her throat seemed to tick faster, as if in rhythm with her speeding heart. The pressure inside her skin built—Tessa gasped—and her eyes, which had been closed, flew open as the sensation built to a crescendo—and then vanished. It was over. Tessa blinked dizzily. The first moment after a Change was always like blinking water out of your eyes after submerging yourself in a bath. She looked down at herself. Her new body was slight, almost frail, and the fabric of her dress hung loose, pooling on the floor at her feet. Her hands, clasped in front of her, were pale and thin, with chapped tips and bitten nails. Unfamiliar, alien hands. “What is your name?” Mrs. Black demanded. She had risen to her feet and was looking down at Tessa with her pale eyes burning. She looked almost hungry. Tessa didn’t have to answer. The girl whose skin she wore answered for her, speaking through her the way spirits were said to speak through their mediums—but Tessa hated to think about it that way; the Change was so much more intimate, so much more frightening, than that. “Emma,” the voice that came from Tessa said. “Miss Emma Bayliss, ma’am.” “And who are you, Emma Bayliss?” The voice replied, words tumbling out of Tessa’s mouth, bringing strong images with them. Born in Cheapside, Emma had been one of six children. Her father was dead, and her mother sold peppermint water from a cart in the East End. Emma had learned to sew to bring in money when she was still a small child. Nights, she spent sitting at the little table in her kitchen, sewing seams by the light of a tallow candle. Sometimes, when the candle burned down and there was no money for another, she would go out into the streets and sit below one of the municipal gas lamps, using its light to sew by. . . . “Is that what you were doing out on the street the night you died, Emma Bayliss?” asked Mrs. Dark. She was smiling thinly now, running her tongue over her lower lip, as if she could sense what the answer would be. Tessa saw narrow, shadowy streets, wrapped in thick fog, a silver needle working by faint yellow gaslight. A step, muffled in the fog. Hands that reached out of the shadows and took hold of her shoulders, hands that dragged her, screaming, into the darkness. The needle and thread falling from her hands, the bows ripped from her hair as she struggled. A harsh voice shouting something angry. And then the silver blade of a knife flashing down through the dark, slicing into her skin, drawing out the blood. Pain that was like fire, and terror like nothing else she’d ever known. She kicked out at the man holding her, succeeding in knocking the dagger from his hand; she caught the blade and ran, stumbling as she weakened, the blood draining out of her fast, so fast. She crumpled in an alley, hearing the hissing scream of something behind her. She knew it was following her, and she was hoping to die before it reached her— The Change shattered like glass. With a cry Tessa fell to her knees, the torn little bow falling from her hand. It was her hand again—Emma had gone, like a cast-off skin. Tessa was once more alone inside her own mind. Mrs. Black’s voice came from far away. “Theresa? Where is Emma?” “She’s dead,” Tessa whispered. “She died in an alley—bled to death.” “Good.” Mrs. Dark exhaled, a sound of satisfaction. “Well done, Theresa. That was very good.” Tessa said nothing. The front of her dress was splotched with blood, but there was no pain. She knew it was not her blood; it wasn’t the first time this had happened. She closed her eyes, spinning in the darkness, willing herself not to faint. “We should have had her do this before,” said Mrs. Black. “The matter of the Bayliss girl has been bothering me.” Mrs. Dark’s reply was curt. “I wasn’t sure she was up to it. You remember what happened with the Adams woman.” Tessa knew immediately what they were talking about. Weeks ago she had Changed into a woman who had died of a gunshot wound to the heart; blood had poured down her dress and she had Changed back immediately, screaming in hysterical terror until the Sisters had made her see that she herself was unharmed. “She’s advanced wonderfully since then, don’t you think, Sister?” Mrs. Black said. “Given what we had to work with in the beginning—she didn’t even know what she was.” “Indeed, she was absolutely unformed clay,” Mrs. Dark agreed. “We have truly worked a miracle here. I can’t see how the Magister could fail to be pleased.” Mrs. Black gave a little gasp. “Does that mean—Do you think it’s time?” “Oh, absolutely, my dear sister. She’s as ready as she’ll ever be. It’s time for our Theresa to meet her master.” There was a gloating note in Mrs. Dark’s voice, a sound so unpleasant that it cut through Tessa’s blinding dizziness. What were they talking about? Who was the Magister? She watched through lowered eyelashes as Mrs. Dark jerked the silk bellpull that would summon Miranda to come and take Tessa back to her room. It appeared that the lesson was over for today. “Perhaps tomorrow,” Mrs. Black said, “or even tonight. If we told the Magister she was ready, I cannot imagine he would not hurry here without delay.” Mrs. Dark, stepping out from behind the desk, chuckled. “I understand that you’re eager to be paid for all our work, dear sister. But Theresa must not be simply ready. She must be . . . presentable as well as able. Don’t you agree?” Mrs. Black, following her sister, muttered a response that was cut short as the door opened and Miranda came in. She wore the same dull look as ever. The sight of Tessa crouched and bloody on the floor seemed to occasion no surprise in her. Then again, Tessa thought, she had probably seen far worse in this room. “Take the girl back up to her room, Miranda.” The eagerness was gone from Mrs. Black’s voice, and she was all brusqueness again. “Get the things—you know, the ones we showed you—and get her dressed and ready.” “The things . . . you showed me?” Miranda sounded blank. Mrs. Dark and Mrs. Black exchanged a disgusted look, and approached Miranda, blocking Tessa’s view of the girl. Tessa heard them whispering to her, and caught a few words—“dresses” and “wardrobe room” and “do what you can to make her look pretty,” and then finally, Tessa heard the rather cruel, “I’m not sure Miranda is clever enough to obey vague instructions of that sort, sister.” Make her look pretty. But what did they care whether she looked pretty or not, when they could force her to look any way they wanted? What did it matter what her true appearance was? And why would the Magister care? Though, it was very clear from the Sisters’ behavior that they believed he would. Mrs. Black swept from the room, her sister following behind her, as she always did. At the door Mrs. Dark paused, and looked back at Tessa. “Do remember, Theresa,” she said, “that this day—this very night—is what all of our preparation has been for.” She took hold of her skirts in both bony hands. “Do not fail us.” She let the door bang shut behind her. Tessa flinched at the noise, but Miranda, as always, seemed utterly unaffected. In all the time that she had passed in the Dark House, Tessa had never been able to startle the other girl, or surprise an unguarded expression out of her. “Come,” Miranda said. “We must go upstairs now.” Tessa rose to her feet, slowly. Her mind was whirling. Her life in the Dark House had been horrible, but she had—she realized now—grown almost used to it. She had known what to expect each day. She had known the Dark Sisters were preparing her for something, but she had not known what that something was. She had believed—naively, perhaps—that they wouldn’t kill her. Why waste all this training on her if she was only going to die? But something in Mrs. Dark’s gloating tone gave her pause. Something had changed. They had achieved what they wanted with her. They were going to be “paid.” But who was going to do the paying? “Come,” Miranda said again. “We must get you ready for the Magister.” “Miranda,” Tessa said. She spoke softly, the way she might have spoken to a nervous cat. Miranda had never answered a question of Tessa’s before, but that didn’t mean it wasn’t worth trying. “Who is the Magister?” There was a long silence. Miranda stared straight ahead, her doughy face impassive. Then, to Tessa’s surprise, she spoke. “The Magister is a very great man,” she said. “It will be an honor for you when you are married to him.” “Married?” Tessa echoed. The shock was so intense that she could suddenly see the whole room more clearly—Miranda, the blood-splattered rug on the floor, the heavy brass globe on the desk, still tilted in the position Mrs. Black had left it in. “Me? But—who is he?” “He is a very great man,” Miranda said again. “It will be an honor.” She moved toward Tessa. “You must come with me now.” “No.” Tessa backed away from the other girl, retreating until the small of her back struck painfully against the desk. She looked around desperately. She could run, but she’d never get past Miranda to the door; there were no windows, no doors to other rooms. If she hid behind the desk, Miranda would simply drag her out and haul her to her room. “Miranda, please.” “You must come with me now,” Miranda repeated; she had almost reached Tessa. Tessa could see herself reflected in the black pupils of the other girl’s eyes, could smell the faint, bitter, almost charred smell that clung to Miranda’s clothes and skin. “You must—” With a strength she didn’t know she possessed, Tessa seized the base of the brass globe on the desk, lifted it, and swung it with all her might at Miranda’s head. It connected with a sickening sound. Miranda reeled back—and then straightened. Tessa shrieked and dropped the globe, staring—the whole left side of Miranda’s face was crushed in, like a paper mask that had been smashed flat on one side. Her cheekbone was flattened, her lip mashed against her teeth. But there was no blood, no blood at all. “You must come with me now,” Miranda said, in the same flat tone she always used. Tessa gaped. “You must come—you m-must—you—you—you—yyyyyyyyyyyyy—” Miranda’s voice shuddered and broke, degenerating into a stream of gibberish. She moved toward Tessa, then jerked to the side, twitching and stumbling. Tessa turned from the desk and began to back away as the injured girl spun, faster and faster. She reeled across the room like a staggering drunk, still shrieking, and crashed into the far wall—which seemed to stun her. She collapsed to the ground and lay still. Tessa raced to the door and out into the corridor beyond, pausing only once, just outside the room, to look back. It seemed, in that brief moment, as if a thread of black smoke were rising from Miranda’s prone body, but there was no time to stare. Tessa darted down the hall, leaving the door hanging open behind her. She dashed for the stairs and hurtled up them, nearly tripping over her skirts and banging her knee painfully on one of the steps. She cried out and scrambled on, up to the first landing, where she dashed into the corridor. It stretched out ahead of her, long and curving, disappearing into shadows. As she raced down it, she saw that it was lined with doors. She paused and tried one, but it was locked, and so was the next one, and the next after that. Another set of stairs led down at the end of the hallway. Tessa raced down them and found herself in an entryway. It looked as if it had once been grand—the floor was cracked and stained marble, and high windows on either side were shielded with curtains. A little bit of light spilled through the lace, illuminating an enormous front door. Tessa’s heart leaped. She dived for the knob, seized it, and flung the door open. There was a narrow cobblestoned street beyond, with rows of terraced houses lining either side. The smell of the city hit Tessa like a blow—it had been so long since she’d breathed outside air. It was close to dark, the sky the dimming blue of twilight, obscured by smudges of fog. In the distance she could hear voices, the cries of children playing, the clop of horses’ hooves. But here the street was nearly deserted, save for a man leaning against a nearby gas lamp, reading a newspaper by its light. Tessa dashed down the steps and toward the stranger, catching him by the sleeve. “Please, sir—if you could help me—” He turned, and looked down at her. Tessa stifled a scream. His face was as white and waxy as it had been the first time she’d seen him, at the dock in Southampton; his bulging eyes still reminded her of Miranda’s, and his teeth gleamed like metal when he grinned. It was the Dark Sisters’ coachman. Tessa turned to run, but it was already too late.

Editorial Reviews

"Top Pick! Readers will be thrilled and amazed with this prequel to The Mortal Instruments, tearing their way through a beautifully constructed story of action, magic, mayhem, and romance. Fans and newcomers alike will be enchanted by Clare's fantastical world and left begging for more!" - Romantic Times Book Reviews