Synopsis: 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: 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.
Thoughts: Cassie Clare, you are amazing. I’m in awe. I finished Clockwork Angel last night and I’m still thinking about it. I figured I’d sleep on it before I wrote this, so that my head would clear somewhat… but it has not. This book is mysterious, sexy, dark, and beautifully written.
We start with Tessa, who recieves a letter from her brother Nate asking her to join him in London. So of course she goes… but soon finds herself in a world she could only imagine in dreams. She is captured by the Dark Sisters and is forced to use her newly discovered power of being a Shape Changer. When Tessa finally escapes she is thrown into the world of shadowhunters and still is in search of her brother. No one quite knows exactly what Tessa is, but while the mysterious Magister is after her, Tessa finds herself in a new world of love, hurt, power, and darkness.
The characters in this book all play a part at making you the love the story even more. We’ll start with Tessa. Tessa is an extremely strong protagonist. She is so fierce, and I love the way she sticks up for herself. There are parts in the book where while reading it I was literally talking to the pages saying ‘YOU GO GIRL!’. She being a one-of-a-kind downworlder, I am so curious so see where the next books take us.
Next, Jem. Jem is such a sweetheart, seems to be the do-no-wrong type of character. You can’t help but have a soft spot for Jem; He is just willing to help everyone.
Jessamine… pretty name by the way! Though Jessamine will come off as a spoiled bratt, I think she is still a good person and has a right to feel the way she feels. I really liked her.
Charlotte and Henry… well, Henry is just hilarious. He’s a good person and seems to do the funniest things sometimes. He seems to be very invested in his work, but I believe we will see later on that there is good reason for that. Charlotte, I was surprised at how young she is, does a fantastic job at running the institute! She’s a strong ‘motherly’ figure and does what she can for everyone. I really adored her, she has a kind heart.
The not-as-popular characters – Thomas, Sophie, Nate, Mr. Mortmain, de Quincey, Camille, and Gabriel. Now, I must say… all the younger boys in this book are hot. I pretty much love them all. Most people haven’t said much good about Nate or Gabriel, but I really like them both for some reason. I’m hoping Cassie will surprise me with these two in the future books. Sophie and Thomas.. two of the servants in the institute. I adored Thomas! Such a good character! And Sophie, well I am very curious about Sophie! I think Sophie may have a bigger part in this series than we are let on to believe. Mr. Mortmain and de Quincey, well basically I don’t like them. Nope, not at all. Though I am also very curious about Mr. Mortmain. Finally, Camille. I must admit in TMI, I did not like her. I know we don’t meet her, but whenever she was spoken of she just seemed extremely shady to me. In CA, I loved her! Amazing characters!
Magnus… I think I liked Magnus even more in Clockwork Angel than I did in TMI. Magnus played such a great role in Clockwork Angel and I can not wait to see more of him in Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess.
Finally, but defiantly NOT least… WILL. Oh yes, I am Team Will. ❤ Will is everything you can imagine and more. More that we don't know and hope to find out. My favorite discription of Will is one that is said by Magnus:: “Look at him. The face of a bad angel and eyes like the night sky in hell.” He is gorgeous… dark hair, unique blue eyes, strong, sexy, and not to mention tormented by a mystery we have yet to discover! On twitter I asked Cassie if there was a reason there is much focus on Will’s eyes and her answer was Yes. I can not wait to find out what that reason is! I love eyes, they are one of my favorite characteristics of people. Anywho, Will is amazing and I love him!
I just loved every character in this book, every scene, and every detail. The story is so well written, it has so many twists, so many scenes where I wanted more, and so many things left for us to discover. Not to mention, there are some HOT scenes in Clockwork Angel. 😉 I can not wait for the next book in the series! There is so much I still want to know, and so much I want to happen! I just can’t say enough how much I loved Clockwork Angel! Every book I read by Cassandra Clare just keeps getting better and better! I’m so excited for the next adventures of Tessa, Will, Jem, and the whole Clockwork crew. 🙂 10 out of 5 stars !
Finally, one of my favorite non-spoilery quotes:
“If no one in the entire world cared about you, did you really exist at all?”
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