September 5, 2010

Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices) by Cassandra Clare
Published by Margaret K. McElderry (Simon & Schuster) August 31 2010
496 pages
Reviewed from ARC.

from back cover

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.
Fantastic! I enjoyed Cassandra's Mortal Instrument Series, but this one was really exceptional. She's really grown as a writer and I found that her characters had much more depth than in her previous books.

The story revolves around Tessa Gray whom I instantly liked. Her tenacity and unwillingness to give up even in the face of heart breaking betrayal were really the core of the story. I loved the contrast between Will and Jem (dark & light) and the inner turmoil of Tessa's relationship with them. (why do we always fall for the "bad" boy?)

The elements of steam punk were fascinating (I'm loving this genre) and the clockwork army was terrifyingly brilliant! I was totally hooked from beginning to end and I'm looking so forward to the next....

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