The Infernal Devices 1: Clockwork Angel
Walker 6 Sep 2009
Text to speech: Enabled
Genre: Steampunk, Mystery, Sci Fi & Fantasy, YA Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal Romance,
Amazon: £4.04 (June ‘12)
My Rating: Hit
A prequel to the Mortal Instruments Series
Magic is dangerous - but love is more dangerous still.. when sixteen-year-old Tessa Grey 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 folk stalk the gaslit streets, Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refugee 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 realises that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
Tessa Grey is all alone in New York, her parents are dead and she’s been living with her Aunt Harriet since, but now, too, she has passed on and a steam liner ticket bound for London, England awaits her. To reunite her with her older brother Nathaniel ‘Nate’. Her brother and a whole new world that’s a long way away from civilised conversation and poetry recitals over china teacups and the sun drenched Central Park in the midst of summer.
Unbeknownst to Tessa she is different, she is not human. Tessa will have to shake off her memories and past loyalties to embrace who and what she is, she may be in the ‘grey’ but there’s a whole world waiting for her in London, that knows exactly who she is and what she can do, once she’s been enlightened. it’s prudent to remember that magic is neither good, nor evil, it depends wholly on who wields it. Tessa learns, however reluctantly, to wield her special power and now she must choose which side to fight on. The Shadowhunter’s who offer her refuge in the institute, who vow to protect humans (mundanes) from the demons that pass through the worlds. Or will she be tricked and unable to leave her brother Nate, who is no longer who he used to be and align with the Magister, the head of a new clockwork army that threatens both Shadowhunter’s and Mundanes alike.
Clare’s writing draws you in so quickly and brilliantly that it made me want to wave this book in people’s faces and say,”This!, this is why I love to read!!” There are only a handful of special books that can make you leap up and punch the air and shout YEAH!!! and let out that inner child we all bury deep inside ourselves and this series is one of them. Victorian London is delicately and wonderfully described, it’s not hard to see the story roll out like an epic movie in front of you eyes, you can even smell it.
You’ll quickly begin to become friends with the Shadowhunter’s, Charlotte, Henry, Will, Jem and maybe even the snobby Jessamine and loath the Magister and his twisted Downworlder crowd, they leap of the page and into your hearts, you fight along side them, you catch your breath when things don’t go quite to plan. You want to slap Will’s face and ask him to be serious for once in his life and spend a day with Henry in his lab playing with all the toys, I mean.. experiments.
500 pages fly by as the pace is well set and it packs a punch with information and emotion. Leaving you wanting more, at least I do. I can’t wait to pick up Clockwork Prince and start the Mortal Instrument series!