“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
Rating: 4/5 stars
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 Timesbestselling 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…
The Mortal Instruments, who?
I can’t believe I waited so long to read this! Actually, I sort of can because even though I really enjoyed the TMI series I was ready to gouge my eyes out if I had to read one more book about Jace and Clary. There, I said it. And even though this series is not about Jace and Clary (thank god), I just needed time to recover from them before jumping back into the Shadowhunter world. Clockwork Angel is the first book in The Infernal Devices which takes place in 1878 in a dark, steam-punkish London. It includes a whole new set of characters with a few familiar last names, all the usual supernatural creatures we’re used to, and also features murdering robot-like creatures, which were actually really cool and creepy.
Now, let’s talk about the characters, shall we?
Cassian, Rhys, The Darkling, Cresswell, Rowan, Cardan, Warner, Dimitri, please slide on over because there is a new book boyfriend in town and his name is Will Herondale.
I knew I was going to like Will the second he was mean to Tessa. So, what does that say about me? But I can’t wait to read more about Will and his backstory as the trilogy progresses because I love me a complex, flawed man. Tessa, was a little bit harder for me to get into because she gave me some Clary vibes. However, she did show some development throughout the book so I’m hoping it will continue in the other two books. PLUS, she hates chocolate and like, #RELATABLE. Chocolate is trash. Jem, is what I believe us book bloggers would call a precious cinnamon roll. I’m totally living with his backstory, we love a man with a tragic backstory. Contrary, to TMI, there wasn’t a single character I disliked in this book. I mean, obviously I’m not a fan of the evil things certain characters did but they were still hella compelling. So, character wise this definitely blows TMI out of the water.
Plot wise, eh? I won’t lie, after reading the seven books in The Mortal Instruments, this plot felt a little recycled. However, I think with the setting, characters, and the introduction of the new robot-like creatures I was able to overlook it and still be super invested in the story. This book also contains A LOT of sexism, and I think majority of that is attributed to the time period this book takes place. However, the most sexist character out of the book was hands down, Tessa, who was a little culture shocked upon arriving at the London Institute and seeing women Shadowhunters. It was kind of interesting and annoying all at the same time.
Plot-twist wise? Predictable but still enjoyable. I do enjoy Cassandra Clare’s writing, but I’ve always found her plot-twists to be somewhat predictable. And it’s not necessarily a bad thing. There was one time she got me good in one of the TMI books with a certain someone’s death. *still crying* I don’t think the predictability in any way made this less enjoyable for me though.
“There’s plenty of sense in nonsense sometimes, if you wish to look for it.”
“Whatever you are physically…male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy–all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.”
“Will smiled the way Lucifer might have smiled, moments before he fell from Heaven.”
“It is not the same thing to be good and to be kind.”
All in all, if you haven’t guessed yet, I liked this wayyyy more than any of the TMI books. It’s so much darker, has better characters, and even though the plot was a bit recycled it was still really hard for me to put this down. From the reviews I’ve seen online it seems that this series gets better with each book so I’m ready to power my way through the next two books!
Until until next time,