Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel

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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.
Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2010.
ISBN: 9781416975861
Branch Call Number: YA CLA

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Lisa_Marie_C Nov 01, 2017

Prefer your lore bursting with drama and romance? The shadowhunters will accommodate you in this steampunk trilogy overrun with vampires and demons.


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MrsNikki
Mar 02, 2019

Good series

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RebelBelle13
Oct 19, 2018

You can tell several things by reading Clockwork Angel after the first three Mortal Instruments books: Clare gets better with every book she writes, she truly enjoys the Shadowhunter world, and she only knows how to write certain types of characters. Will Herondale is almost a carbon copy of Jace, albeit slightly more unlikable. Jem is Simon, Jessamine is Isabel, Tessa is Clary (though much, much less annoying and more talented), the villain (who I won't reveal due to spoilers) is Valentine... you get the idea. It's basically a copy-paste of her first trilogy, but she's toned down or ramped up their personalities only slightly to make it different enough. If you can get past that, it's actually a rather enjoyable story. Tessa is a highly capable shape-shifter living in Victorian London, who runs into the shadow hunters and learns all about the world she didn't know existed or was a part of. The Clockwork creatures provided a nice touch, and added an interesting mystery element to the story. The double reveal at the end was well done- and I suppose easy to spot if you knew what to look for, but I was happy with it.
One of the only sticking points I have here is the character of Will Herondale. He was so smug, nasty and narcissistic, that I had zero interest in him. Yes, I understand he's got some tragic backstory that lead him to act that way, but so did Jem, and he's not an ass. The very fact that Tessa was drawn to him was infuriating. I have a feeling that Tessa will end up with him- so he'd better do a complete 180 if Clare wants me to hop on this ship. My favorite character was Henry. Let's see more of him in the next one, huh?
I will definitely continue with this trilogy, but not right away. I need a break from smarmy Will.

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karen_qin
Aug 07, 2018

The first time I read this book, I didn’t finish it because I thought it was kind of boring. But a few months later, I read it again an I found it to be a very interesting and pretty awesome book.

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faithmurri99
Apr 22, 2018

For those of you who have already read The Mortal Instruments and liked it, I suppose reading Clockwork Angel will be a somewhat pleasant, somewhat unpleasant deja vu. The basic premise is almost exactly the same as City of Bones. Doesn't exactly prove Cassandra Clare's versatility, does it?

The world building that Clare crafted throughout all six books of TMI never seemed too rushed, though I admit it got rather exposition-y at times; whereas, Will Herondale literally hands Tessa a book of Shadow World 101 that she spews verbatim at the reader only a few chapters in. Besides that, the plot didn't really stand on its own. I know Clare was a fan fiction writer before writing TMI, but making a fan fiction out of your own story? It's just a City of Bones copy that got a period piece twist. It wasn't until more than halfway through, when the clockwork automatons became important, that it differed significantly at all. The robots were undoubtedly the coolest and most original part of the story.

The character introductions seemed forced sometimes too, because everyone treated Will like he was an awful person, even Tessa sometimes, when up until that point, he hadn't actually done anything to justify that. His first rude thing was leaving Tessa alone when she didn't know how to navigate the Institute because she had been attempting to pry into his past when obviously he has a tragic backstory. I felt like Tessa was more of a jerk than he was at that point. Granted, later on, he does do some pretty mean things, but Tessa already had formed an unjustified opinion of him. In general, the plot was predictable. I was rarely surprised and was far more often annoyed with the characters' blindness and stupidity.

Overall, I liked it enough, but significantly less than TMI, which is disappointing because so many people recommended it, many of which regarded it higher than TMI. I'll still finish the trilogy though. I'm in too deep. No turning back now.

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Silveyf
Sep 17, 2017

A absolutely wonderful series. I could not put them down. The connection with the characters from the "original" make this so much better. You get to find out some much about where it all started and how things impact the future with out you knowing.

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pinkbumblebee
Jul 31, 2017

Hands down my favourite book. I'm in love with the setting and adore all the characters! You have to read this!

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loveseal516
Jun 17, 2017

i recommend for teens. good.

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jmli
Apr 06, 2017

Actual rating: 3.1 stars (I know this is totally specific). This rating is for my Will and Jem ship as well as the plot, NOT for Tessa Gray. I don't care about Tessa.
I gave this book a 3.1 because I have many mixed feelings about it. The biggest problems I had all related to the characters.
We have Tessa Gray, a girl who is crumbling down every day because she's a "monster". She's supposed to be smart but ends up trusting people too easily. Tessa looks down on people who are uglier and is jealous of those who are prettier. At the same time, she says that she "won't try" to learn more about the Shadowhunters, but she sounds so desperate and is constantly asking Will about his past.
Will, the classic, mysterious boy who's captivated by the beautiful Tessa Gray. Blah, blah, blah. Could this romance be any more cliché?
And finally, Jem Carstairs, the final component to this triangle. Why did there have to be this triangle?! I definitely would've preferred it if he and Tessa were totally platonic. But of course, I would have loved it if he and Will were a thing. To me, Tessa doesn't really deserve either of them.
Anyways, I really did like the plot and story overall. There was a lot of suspense and mystery as well as action, but often, I found that the characters destroyed what could've been greater. The negatives definitely outweigh the positives in this review, but I truly believe there was a strong story.

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LINA ZHU
Feb 11, 2017

I loved this book so much. It's so awesome to read it and finishing all of the pages of the book of a story. :)

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 13, 2016

In my opinion, this new portrayal of The Infernal Devices in a Japanese manga form can be valid for readers who have, or have not, read the original books. Most of the chapters are rendered correctly, with exceedingly small details. These are often shown through Japanese manga styles, such as the incorrect proportion of a character's head when angry, or much more. I highly enjoyed reading this comic, as I have re-read the books by Cassandra Clare multiple times, and it is nice to put it through/ into a different perspective. However, as mentioned before, new readers to this series may find delight in reading this beforehand, if they want a more vivid image in their minds. I think they should make comics of The Mortal Instruments as well. 5/5 stars.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

"Are you implying that shreds of my reputation remain intact?" Will demanded with mock horror. "Clearly I have been doing something wrong. Or not something wrong, as the case may be."

He banged on the side of the carriage. "Thomas! We must away at once to the nearest brothel. I seek scandal and low companionship."

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

Jem: "Must you go? I was rather hoping you'd stay and be a ministering angel, but if you must go, you must."
Will: "I'll stay. I can minister angelically."

He said this a bit crossly, and threw himself down in the armchair Tessa had just vacated.

Jem: "None too convincingly. And you're not as pretty to look at as Tessa is."

Jem closed his eyes as he leaned back against the pillow.

Will: "How rude. Many who have gazed upon me have compared the experience to gazing at the radiance of the sun."
Jem: "If they mean it gives you a headache, they aren't wrong."

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

"If no one in the entire world cared about you, did you really exist at all?"

-Theresa Gray

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

Jem: "Remember when you tried to convince me to feed a poultry pie to the mallards in the park to see if you could breed a race of cannibal ducks?"
Will: "They ate it too. Bloodthirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck."

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Tassousa
Dec 31, 2018

"Only the very weak minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry"
-Tessa

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Tassousa
Dec 31, 2018

" Beauty fades, but cooking is eternal"
- Will

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Tassousa
Dec 31, 2018

"What kind of monster could possibly hate chocolate?"
- Will

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Tassousa
Dec 31, 2018

" One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, " and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us"
- Tessa

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Tassousa
Dec 31, 2018

"Bloodthirsty little beasts, never trust a duck!"
-Will

Will pointed a finger accusingly in their Direction. "You're ganging up on me. Is this how it's going to be from now on? I'll be the odd man out? Dear God, I'll have to befriend Jessamine."
"Jessamine can't stand you," Jem pointed out
"Henry, then."
"Henry will set you on fire."
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xzhang17
Jul 19, 2015

When Tessa Gray arrives in London after her aunt's death looking for her brother Nate, she is subsequently abducted by two sisters she dubs "The Dark Sisters." They train her to Change (a powerful form of shapeshifting), ultimately planning to marry her off to the main antagonist of the novel "The Magister." Luckily Shadowhunters save Tessa from their clutches. In this thrilling novel, Tessa teams up with the Shadowhunters of early Great Britain to find her brother and meet some new unexpected friends along the way.

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Laleh2000
Jun 21, 2015

Tess Grey has been locked up by people for a long time. They say they wanted her to show her powers that she is oblivious to. She soon realizes she can only trust Will and Jem the two boys she falls in love with in order to save her brother from the vampire lair.

BPLNextBestTeens Nov 04, 2011

Clockwork Angel, the prequel to the New York bestselling series The Mortal Instruments is set in gas lit streets of Victorian London. 16 year old Tessa Gray is lured by the Dark Sisters members of The Pandemonium Club a secret Downworld organization of vampires, warlocks and other demons. Tessa manages to escape with the help of Will, a magical being called a Shadowhunter, killing one of the sisters and a servant who is more robot than human. Will, along with his Shadowhunter friends belong to the London Institute are dedicated to ridding the world of demons. She is fascinated and torn between Will and his best friend James and is drawn deeper into the plot that threatens to destroy not only the Shadowhunters but the world as well. Magic is dangerous – but love is the most dangerous. Compulsive reading as Clare has the ability not only to tell a story but to create a very intriguing other world.

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Mahala
Jan 29, 2011

When sixteen year old Tessa Gray arrives by steamship in London to meet her brother, she is met instead by two creepy women from a dark, gloomy mansion. Only when they show her a letter handwritten by her brother does she agree to accompany them to their lair. Tessa becomes their prisoner. They teach her to use her unknown powers to shape shift. Unbeknowst to Tessa, she was born with powers to become anyone or anything. This quality, or gift, makes her highly valuable to the mysterious and terrible Magister. The Dark Sisters tell Tessa that they are to deliver her to this evil man, but Tessa is grabbed and spirited away by two young men who tell her they are Shadowhunters, trained warriors with special gifts who fight Downworlders like vampires and warlocks to save humans.

Tessa yearns to find her brother and fears for his life. The Shadowhunters agree to help her find him, if she will use her shapeshifting powers to help them infiltrate a vampire clan. Tessa finds herself torn--does she love the dark and brooding Shadowhunter who saved her from the Sisters? Or does she truly hate him?

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Jan 29, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Violence: This title contains Violence.

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