"Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.
(Infernal Devices, #1)
by Cassandra ClareAugust 31, 2010
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: Jem, 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." (from Goodreads)
There are darker things at play in Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel. The weather is foreboding, the Victorian setting is interesting, and the characters are an echo of the past that may well be of great deal in the future of other Shadowhunters.
The plot itself is like a clockwork itself: complex and intricate connections of function, motives, and emotions. But unlike the definition of clockwork which is repetitive and predictable, there is nothing predictable in the story. I mean, with Cassandra Clare, you'll only be sure half of the time you try to guess, and even half of it you barely guessed yourself. The only repeating thing in the story is its awesomeness and the story's ability to drive its characters to revealing truths that often hurt, but is necessary in order to move on.
You'll fall in love with the characters, not just because they're charming and wicked like Will, or affectionate and terribly nice like Jem, but there are other people whose strength with purpose and personality will surely have you rooting for them (go, Charlotte!!). The scenes are made more striking with the use of poetry quotations and mirroring. It just goes to show how the classics run deep.
The cover is so pretty and shiny! But don't be fooled by its shiny-ness, it might be darker than what you expect, especially if you have read the mortal instruments, but for those who will encounter this the first time better brace yourself because you're in for a rollercoaster ride, Victorian-style!
For those who have read TMI (like me), you might find yourself loss in thought in trying to comprehend the connections or even wonder about the possibilities. All I got was a serious case of headache and mild-episode of neuroticism. I was tempted to bang my head against the wall until I realized there was a nearby source of caffeine.
August would not have been awesome without Clockwork Angel and it's definitely worth all the wait!