Hi guys! I hope you’re having a great day so far (even though its night, hehe)! This is my review to the first installment in The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare, called Clockwork Angel.
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...
This book was SO much fun! Before I start my review, I wanted to say that a while ago, I read City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, and I hated it. Needless to say, when I heard people saying they thought The Infernal Devices was better I didn’t pick it up because I didn’t want to be disappointed again. I can now happily say that I was proven wrong.
Tessa is a main character that I connected with instantly. She is so much fun and it’s also fun to be in her head! It’s nice to know that Clare mentions that Tessa is a book reader and Tessa . . . actually quotes books. I don’t remember a female character doing that a lot. She was instantly a person I would love to be friends with! And I never felt like Tessa ever came out of her character, or made decisions I thought she wouldn’t make. SO HAPPY.
I’m guessing there’s a love triangle? Haha, just kidding. There’s nothing to guess. This love triangle is different. There have been a lot of love triangles in which I’ve wondered what makes each boy different for them to fit in with the female character. But Will has certain qualities, and Jem has certain qualities that are both so different. But that’s what made me love this trio (that’s what I’m calling them, because they can’t ever get separated) so much! I never felt forced or annoyed and I’ve never had a . . . team. I’m okay with whoever Tessa ends up with. I feel like this is a bit early to talk about, but that’s actually better for me, because there’s no rushing in this book. REALLY GREAT LOVE TRIANGLE. Basically, this is the 1-2-3 to writing a love triangle, ladies and gentleman.
The secondary characters had a story of their own, which is a biggie for me when I read. I never felt as if secondary characters were just there, they each had their own story and flaws and traits that made them admirable. Charlotte for instance, despite being a secondary character, has that quality of leadership that I don’t see (yet) in some of other main characters. But our main characters have other qualities that others don’t have. Everyone is their own person, and no one is simply in the story for adding more lines into the book.
The story in this book was paced well. Enough for the reader to know the characters, the main storyline, and to understand the world of Shadowhunters (which I vaguely remember from City of Bones). There are so many quotes from this book that blew me away, and showed me that these characters are so mature.
I didn’t see that plot twist at the end, though! I was surprise, like I had a feeling something was off, but I didn’t expect it all to be so . . . W-O-W.
Overall, I have already started reading the next book, Clockwork Prince, and am more excited than ever! I’m going over this reading pile nicely, and all the books I’ve read so far this March have been great! :D This book is a favorite!
I would recommend this to everyone! Everyone who is interested in the Shadowhunter World and Fantasy will love this! Sorry, I feel like I’m gushing now. But this is seriously a new favorite and I hope, I hope, I hope that they get better and stay the same.
Thanks so much for reading guys! And I hope that you enjoyed this review! :D