Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

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.

When Theresa Gray departed from New York upon The Main, she expected brother Nate to greet her upon arriving in the Southampton port, rather than the dreary women simply known as the Dark sisters. Tessa is taken captive, threatened with the harm of her missing brother, and forced to work for the Dark sisters. She has been trained to master The Changing, channeling the deceased and being groomed for a man who will become her master, The Magister. Channeling a young murder victim that is being investigated, has brought Nephilim Shadowhunter Will Herondale to Tessa's rescue, fleeing the clutches of the Dark sisters and arranged marriage to The Magister.

Will is a Nephilim Shadowhunter, a race with special abilities. Swifter and stronger than humans, using magic to conceal their identities, using iratzes and runes to heal and seraph blades to skillfully kill demons. Tessa's abilities have labelled her a Downworlder, part supernatural and shares her title with the likes of vampires, werewolves, faeries, even warlocks. Tessa is a Eidolon, a unique shape shifter and a key to the mystery of the Pandemonium Club. Tessa has been offered protection by the Institute, her knowledge in exchange for following the whispers of the Underworld that will lead to Nate.

Will and fellow Shadowhunters Jem and Jessamine call the institute home, the Nephilim community training the orphans as urban warriors. As beautiful as they are deadly, Will and Jem are investigating the link between the Dark sisters, the club and the man the man that is determined to recapture Tessa. When the search for The Magister leads to De Quincey, a powerful vampire clan leader, a dangerous plan is devised to infiltrate the close knit society, utilising Tessa's shape shifting abilities. Posing as a sophisticated vampire and her mundane, Will and Tessa are seeking the evidence the Shadowhunters need in order to break the treaty agreement with the Downworlders. They discover an army of the likes that no one could have foreseen, hordes of mechanically made soldiers, wearing the flesh of the Mundanes, alcoholics, substance abusers and homeless, all slaughtered and illegal in the eyes of the Shadowhunters. Tessa never expected to find Nate, bound and offered as a sacrifice.
With the vampire clam decimated and De Quincey on the run, they must find the maker of the mechanical hunters, their creator declaring war on the Shadowhunters. He wants Tessa, to control her ability and lead his so called army to wipe the Nephalim from the earth.

But The Institute has a force working against them, they didn't expect the traitor to come from within their hallowed walls.

Clockwork Angel lulled me into bouts of narcolepsy, often rereading the same paragraph over and over and still not being able to engage me. It felt as though it was Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments series, rewritten in a historical sense and with slightly different characters. But the template was nearly identical, apart from The Infernal Devices series being far less entertaining.

Sadly, all of the main characters were wooden, underdeveloped with no memorable personalities. Where Clary was likable In The Mortal instruments, Tessa is annoying. There was really no competition between nice guy Jem and the arrogant, offensive Will. Jem is by far the more likable of the two. Cassandra Clare created a very vivid era, but it's clear that she assumes that readers have also read The Mortal Instruments, as she throws terms at the reader such as Parabi, Iratze and Seraph Blades, with little to no explanation of what they actually are.

I may be in the small minority, but it just wasn't my thing.

Clockwork Angel
(The Infernal Devices: Book One)
Written By Cassandra Clare
Published 31 / 08 / 2010
500 Pages

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