Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2010-08-31
Genres: Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Young Adult
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.In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series. The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them....
After finishing City of Heavenly Fire, I wasn’t quite ready to leave the Shadowhunter world, so I decided to jump into the Infernal Devices series with Clockwork Angel. I’ve been on a crocheting kick lately, so even though I already owned the whole series on kindle, I decided to download the audiobook.
It took me a bit to get into Clockwork Angel. I’m not typically a huge fan of historical fiction, and it took me a while to get used to new characters. I kept having memory lapses where I forgot what I was reading and was waiting for Jace or Clary to show up! lol Eventually I got used to the new characters, though, and stopped waiting for them.
Because I’ve already read the Mortal Instruments, I really got a kick out of seeing Magnus Bane and Camille. Honestly, I think that Magnus was probably my favorite character of the series, so I like seeing him again. He wasn’t around nearly enough for my liking, though, so I hope there’s more of him in the other two books. From the description of the next book, it sounds like he will be!
My biggest complaint about Clockwork Angel would probably be Will. He kind of reminds me a lot of Jace, but in a much less likable way, if that makes any sense. The moments where he is the main focus of attention, you definitely get a sense of a good guy, but then he’d have moments, especially with Tessa, where he was just a jerk. I’m really hoping he redeems himself in future books.
I thought that the storyline was pretty good, and there were definitely twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. The twists at the end were very well-written and left me very surprised. As for the actual ending, all I can say is wow. Cassandra Clare has got to be the master of cliffhanger endings! As soon as it ended, I wanted to pick up the sequel, but I knew that I had a review book I needed to read first. lol
As far as the audiobook narrator, I thought she was pretty good. She did a good job with different accents, but she didn’t try too hard with different voices. You could pretty much always tell it was a female doing the narration. I have mixed feelings on this. Sometimes I really like the different voices and always being able to tell who is speaking at any given time, but some narrators try too hard, and I just find the voices to be unbelievable, so I think she did a good job.
Overall, I’ll give Clockwork Angel 3.5 stars, and I definitely look forward to reading more of the series. Since I have the other two books on kindle, I’ll need to really decide on which format I’m going to use to finish the series.