Monday, September 13, 2010

Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

(summary from goodreads)

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.

Review: Cassandra Clare has done it again! She has somehow managed to create both a fantastic world and fantastic characters. I was a bit apprehensive to read this at first because I was such a big fa of the Mortal Instruments series and was afraid that this book may not be as good as the MI books. I was not disappointed. The author managed to create a whole new cast of characters and an intriguing plot to put them  in. 

The overall plot of Clockwork Angel was a good one, in my opinion. The pacing got a bit slow in some spots but it was always picked back up with the mystery of Tessa's powers. 

Along with the plot came the creation of some amazing characters. I loved Tessa. She had all the characteristics of a protective younger sister, with a little bit of an adventurous side mixed in. Jem and Will were great together. Their brotherly bond was clearly evident and I could definitely see bits of Jace in Will. And of course my favorite MI character made his appearance...Church! How can you not love a cat named Church?! 

But, alas, no book is without its faults. The only thing that didn't register with me was the importance of the clockwork angel. What with it being the title I thought it was going to hold some importance, but it wasn't really significant until the end. And even then it wasn't fully explained. Perhaps we'll get an explanation in the next book?

Overall this was another great read by Cassandra Clare. With its consuming plot and extraordinary characters, anyone is bound to love this book. The twists keep you guessing until you get to the surprising end. This book is in no way, shape, or form predictable, and I can't wait for more. 

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