Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)
By Cassandra Clare
(Hardcover, 476 pages )

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: James, 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.

Clockwork Angel, without a doubt, exceeded my expectations.  Clockwork Angel is the first series in the prequels to The Mortal Instruments series.  It takes place in the Shadowhunter world, but this time, instead of present day New York, the story takes place in Victorian London.  Cassandra Clare was spot on in recreating the atmosphere and feel of the time period.  She knows how to grab hold of her readers, leaving you satisfied in the end, yet driving you mad with anticipation for her next book in the series.  Fans of The Mortal Instruments will absolutely LOVE The Infernal Devices, I know I did and I would definitely recommend this book, as well as her others.


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