Saturday, 12 November 2011

Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare

GENRE: Young Adult
PAGES: 400
PUBLISHER: Walker Books
FORMAT: Paperback
BUY IT: Waterstones
RATING: 4 Stars

Magic is dangerous – but love is more dangerous still... When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray arrives in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural fold stalk the gaslit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by – and torn between – two best friends and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

First of all, for those of you who may have lived underground for the last few years, Clockwork Angel is the first book in the new Infernal Devices series, a spin off from the Mortal Instruments series that follows the lives of Shadowhunters- humans with Angel blood that govern over downworlders (vampires, werewolves etc) that live in our world.

I'm going to try not to talk too much about the Mortal Instruments but it is rather difficult considering both series are set in different time periods in the same world and parallel each other in many ways. For example, the main premise in the beginning of the Mortal Instruments is that Clary's overprotected life begins to unravel and become entangled with the Shadowhunter world and she gets taken in by their Institute. Similarly, in the beginning in the Infernal Devices series Tessa is sent from her normal life in London and ends up being kidnapped by those rebelling against the Shadowhunters, and as expected, Tessa ends up living in the London version of the Institute. All characters begin to mirror each other and we can only expect this is because all the traits of the families in the Infernal Devices will be passed down to their offspring in Mortal Instruments.

Having said this the story line in Clockwork Angel is quite captivating and a must read for anyone who enjoys Steampunk. The whole automaton army is a Steampunk dream and even Clare's vision on London is covered in a slightly changed Industrial veil. 

I highly recommend reading at least the first 2 Mortal Instruments before you read this because it gives away the secrets behind the creations of Shadowhunter equipment, like to Sensor - not that this will ruin any of the story line but is just a little more fun.

You also get to meet the very 'young' Magnus Bane, which is pretty cool, and I expect that this series is going to get better and better. It's dark, haunting and full of danger, not to mention brilliant characters, twists and settings.

Read it - it's a treat.

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