Cassandra Clare’s “Clockwork Angel”

By Jenna Schuster

Everyone has heard of the Mortal Instruments series by the bestselling author Cassandra Clare. Some have even seen the new movie trailer for the first book in the series, City of Bones. The film is highly anticipated, and highlights the fact that the series contains a marvelous world anyone would be overjoyed to be a part of.

City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass are the first three books in Clare’s internationally bestselling series. The books are a part of a new-on-the-scene genre known as Urban Fantasy.
Set in New York City, these novels center on a group of supernatural humans known as “Shadowhunters.”  The Shadowhunters kill demons as a job, as well as making witty quips and experiencing love and life and loss.

But not many people know about the recently written prequel series The Infernal Devices.

The new prequel series goes back in time to the adventures of a teen named Tessa Grey as she discovers the dark, unsavory world hidden beneath the streets of London.

Tessa was swept up in a whirlwind of danger from the moment she arrived in Europe at the beginning of Clockwork Angel, when she misplaced her trust in darkest of shady characters.

As the book ran on, the adrenaline increased with every page turn, and my interest in the outcome of Tessa’s predicament skyrocketed.

I was hesitant at first to read this series, as I didn’t want to be disappointed and to have my regard for Clare tarnished by a lackluster book, but my fears were not warranted in the least. Clare masterfully recreated England while maintaining the mystical elements of the world she created in her original series. The book absolutely drew me in and kept me hooked from beginning to end.

The one thing that I would change about this book was the love triangle. Although it was written beautifully and kept the reader guessing, I thought that the book could have stood on its own without the triangle. The decision between Will and Jem caused too much angst than what is considered healthy.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars. Clockwork Angel is a trilogy, and is followed by Clockwork Prince and the soon to be released Clockwork Princess. I would read these books again in a heartbeat, and I highly recommend them to anyone looking for something to do on a rainy day.

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